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How To Use A Table Saw

How To Use A Table Saw

If you're into carpentry, know how to get a good table saw for your workshop. This video shows the parts and functions of a table saw.

If you're in the workshop, come with a cast iron on a table top. If you're going to buy one for your workshop, make sure it's cast iron. The aluminium ones are quite good but not as good as the cast.

A good table saw should have a sliding carriage, normally to the left-hand side which just simply slides here. If I want to lock this down, I'll simple attach this nut here. That will lock that in place.

This will enable me to remove and I can use it for ripping purposes. As you can see, for camera purposes, we'll remove some of the safety guard. There would normally be a knife here which has a stretching kit which goes to my tractor.

But once again, for camera purposes, we've removed it. Just a little bit about the blade, to remove the blade, you simply undo these two screws here. This will remove this plate.

Sometimes, these were intended, which we had here in the workshop when we're doing fine cabinetry making, but this is the one that comes with the saw. All you simply do, as I say, is remove these two screws and the tool spanner will come with the saw, just set them in and wind them down. Always use the spanners that come with the saw.

Don't use any other ones because you're likely to set the other. A little bit about the miter fence, this enables me here to cut angled on the side. It goes from 45 normally, around to 60, and from 45 around to north.

This will enable me, on this arrow here, to turn it wherever I want. So if I run that to 45, this will give me a 45 cut here. If I run a square box, I'll also do a 45 angle on each piece.

When this is not needed, I lock this in place, remove the body of the two nuts here, and set it aside. This is always used on the miter gauge to hold the whole piece down, set the nut and plant it in place, very useful piece of kit. Now, what we've got here, this doesn't come standard on the machine but most decent table saws, you can buy these as an accessory.

This is called a tenant ridgid. Now, what this enables me to do is cut a ten on a work piece. I'll simply put it in there, push it up to the nut and lock it in place.

Simply by sliding this down by the set steel groove, this will enable me to run it over the blade. That's called a tenant, an extremely useful piece of kit and we use this all the time here the shop. Now, I'm going to show you how to make some grooves on the table.

You can produce it on a router cutter or a router table either, but you can even do it in a table saw. All I would simply do is wire my blade down, set a guide over, lock it in place, run that through, turn it round, run it through again, this centers my groove. Just as I say, running it through, turning it round, this is perfectly set as a groove.

If you need it wider, you can buy kits for them where you can just keep moving the blade. That's how you use a table saw. .