Category:Table Saws

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Table Saws

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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To use any of the tools listed on this page, you are required to complete the testing program described here. You should get training or equivalent experience at the Asylum or elsewhere before testing.
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.

If you are checked off on plain-old Table Saws, get a demonstration of sawstop-specific features before using these saws.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers, as these may get sucked into the saw blade
  • Activation of an attached dust collection system is required
  • If there is excess dust being thrown from the saw, check for and clear clogged hoses and full collector bags

Pre-operation Checks

  • Have a push stick at hand
  • The surrounding floor should be free of dust to prevent excess risk of slipping
  • No one should stand behind the table saw operator, where they could possibly be hit by kickback
  • Set up support stands for long stock and ensure adequate infeed and outfeed space

Safe Operation

Table saws can be extremely dangerous. For a demonstration of kickback and its potential effects on the operator (and shop itself) see this video.

  • Always rest workpieces flat on the table top
  • Set the fence to your desired distance from the blade, or move it enough out of the way to not interfere with your cut
  • Raise the tablesaw blade 1/2" above the maximum height of the workpiece by loosening the blade lift lock, moving the blade lift handle and then tightening the blade lift lock
  • DO NOT remove the blade guard of the table saw before a cut
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running. Only clear the blade and table of loose pieces of lumber after the blade has come to a complete stop
  • If the saw starts slowing down or making excessive noise, reduce feed rate or depth of cut
  • If the saw is smoking
  • Push workpieces through the saw by applying pressure on both sides of the workpiece. Use miter gauges or push sticks to guide material through the table saw on the right side of the cut if it is too small for your hand
  • Apply pressure on the workpiece that is both into the table and against the fence
  • Make sure all work is fully supported throughout the cut
  • DO NOT push on the workpiece along the tablesaw’s line of cut
  • Adjust the tilt of the table by loosening the table tilt lock, tilting the table to the desired angle, and tightening the table tilt lock
  • Bowed workpieces should be jointed before being cut on the tablesaw

Post Operation

  • Attach the full splitter and guard assembly
  • Drop blade into table
  • Clean table and put away accessories
  • Sweep or vacuum floor surrounding work area

Common Maintenance Operations

  • See the manual, page 32, for detailed instructions on blade change and brake clearance adjustment
  • Blade change - you may bring your own blade, for example, a rip blade for large rip cuts, an ultra-fine panel cutting blade, or a plastic blade
  • Wrenches are on the left of the saw, one end fits the arbor, the other fits the nut
  • Hold the arbor wrench in a fixed position and pull the nut wrench towards you (the nut is right hand threaded)
  • When replacing the blade, the nut should be only a little more than hand tight, it will self tighten
  • Use the brake clearance gauge to check spacing between the brake and the blade - if you don't the brake may fire the moment you turn on the saw, destroying it and the blade

Allowable Materials

  • Per the allowable materials chart, only wood and plastic may be cut in the table saw.
  • Plastic requires a specialized blade and the guard should be removed and the riving knife installed. Metals are not permitted.
  • No fiberglass, tile, metal, other hard materials etc.
  • Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No pressure treated wood or wood with old (probably leaded) paint
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

Materials not allowed

  • The following materials will trigger the brake, destroying the brake and blade:
    • flesh
    • metal
    • screws and nails
    • wet wood
    • foil-faced foam
    • mirrored acrylic
    • carbon or carbon filled materials

Pages in category "Table Saws"

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