Mastering the Tablesaw
There's a way to be safe in every cutting situation
Synopsis: Mark Duginske explains the fundamentals of ripping and crosscutting on the tablesaw and offers tips on more complicated maneuvers. He starts with discussing the rip fence, how to rip, how to test for parallelism, and how to saw rabbets. He talks about safe techniques for ripping and various push-stick designs, and using auxiliary fences. He covers crosscutting with the miter gauge. Side information explains how to set up and align your miter gauge and rip fence.
The tablesaw is the heart of most woodworking shops. With a standard blade, you can make virtually any straight cut, and when fitted with a dado head, the tablesaw is the tool of choice for cutting grooves, dadoes and rabbets. When equipped with shopmade jigs, the tablesaw is the most efficient tool for finger joints, tenons and even dovetails.
Although undeniably versatile, the tablesaw also has its dark side. It is probably responsible…