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Practice Common Sense And Safe Habits When Using Your Table Saw

Aug 17, 2007
The modern day table saw is truly a wonderful invention. You can perform many woodworking tasks faster and with more ease than you could ever do in the past. Yet despite its many wonders a table saw can be a dangerous piece of equipment. Common sense must take top priority when operating any piece of equipment such as a table saw.

You need to understand kickback and how to keep it from happening and basic things like setting the blade to the proper height. How fast you are moving your wood through your saw can mean all of the difference in success or failure. Using safety items such as push sticks may mean the difference between a satisfying day working with wood or spending the day in the emergency room. This article will look at some of the things you need to think about before flipping the switch on that saw on.

Understanding table saw kickback is vital if you want to use a table saw. When kickback occurs the piece of wood you are cutting can come flying back at you. This can surprise you or get you hurt anytime it happens. Kick back can occur when you least expect it so you need to be on your toes at all times when you are using your saw. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to prevent kickback before you start cutting wood. Setting the height of the table saw blade is very important for safe operation of your saw.

Getting your saw blade set right is a task that if not done right, can have a considerable bad effect on the way your woodworking project will turn out. I like to set the blade so it is no more than a tooth or so higher than the piece I am cutting so if my hand should slip there is not as much blade showing. Another good reason to practice proper blade height procedures is the saw does not have to work as hard when the blade is just a bit higher than the material it is cutting. Combine these good safe habits with feeding your wood into the saw at the proper speed and you will have come a long way in safely using your table saw.

Feeding the wood into your saw needs to be done at the right speed. If you feed the wood into the saw too slowly you can burn the wood and if you feed the wood in too fast you may load up the motor on your saw. When coming to the end of your cut use a push stick to safely finish your cut.

A table saw is a great tool if used carefully and wisely. Do not push your saw to do more than it is capable of and you should be able to cut many board feet of lumber without any serious mishaps.
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