Sawstop table saw rubric

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⌊ Student Name
⌊ Instructor Name
Pass ☐
Fail ☐
⌊ Date of Table Saws test  (m / d / y)
⌊ Instructor Signature

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Testers - provide a walk through of control locations and sawstop functionality prior to test if they have not taken our class. Draw a cut line for each sample cut.

Point out the following tool features

☐ Main Power Switch
☐ Blade Activation Switch
☐ Table
☐ Blade Lift Handle
☐ Blade Lift Lock
☐ Left Tilt Handle
☐ Left Tilt Lock
☐ Blade
☐ Blade Guard
☐ Fence
☐ Fence Lock
☐ Riving Knife
☐ Brake Clearance Gauge
☐ Metal Detector

Allowable Materials

☐ Can state 4 prohibitions of the wood that is cut on wood shop table saws

  • no pressure treated
  • no screws / nails
  • no wet / moldy wood
  • check woods for hazardous dust

☐ Can state materials that will trigger the brake:

  • flesh
  • metal
  • screws and nails
  • wet wood
  • foam insulation
  • mirrored acrylic
  • carbon or carbon filled materials

Personal Protective Equipment

☐ Safety glasses
☐ Knows whether work gloves can be worn while using a table saw
☐ Demonstrates activation of dust collection system

Safe Operation

☐ Cut line for wide rip cut (not requiring push stick)

  • Uses fence
  • Sets blade height correctly [1/4" - 1/2" above material]
  • Correct operator positioning [left of fence]
  • Left hand does not pass insert
  • Maintains control of piece throughout cut
  • Follows through completely beyond blade

☐ Cut line for a rip cut requiring push stick

  • Knows to use push stick [when the space between blade and fence is smaller than operator's spread hand]
  • Keeps contact of material with fence and table
  • Complete follow through

☐ Draw a cut line for a cross cut and cut safely

  • Knows to use cross cut jig
  • Keeps jig away from blade (if applicable)
  • Doesn't use fence

☐ Draw a cut line for a partial depth cut and cut safely

  • Turns off and unplugs saw
  • Inserts riving knife
  • Uses push stick
  • Left hand does not pass insert

☐ Demonstrates safe cutting procedures on a long (8’) cut

  • Maintain control and contact of material with fence and table

☐ Demonstrate blade change

  • Turns off and unplugs saw
  • Correct tightening force '[moderate only]'
  • Checks brake clearance and adjusts if needed


☐ Lowers blade and installs all guards
☐ Leaves table clean and organized
☐ Vacuums / sweeps work area

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