In most of the wood shops, you can find a table saw which is an essential machine that performs many different tasks e.g. crosscutting stock to length, ripping boards to width, and sawing on-the-money meters, dadoes, bevels, box joints, and many other joints. By using right jig, a table saw can be used for raising door panels, cutting tapers, or even carving out wide coves in crown mouldings. In order to make your saw more productive you can do these easy things:
- Use the right blade.
There are specific blades used for most portable jobsite table saw tasks. There are various special purpose blades designed for cutting different materials such as melamine or plywood. If your applications of the table saw are only meant for certain specific purpose, then you must invest on such blades that are specifically designed for that particular job and type of material.
- Give it plenty of room
When you place the table saw in the workshop or at any job site, allow minimum 4’ space on both side of the blade, and give 8’ space in both front and behind the blade. This will enable you to work more safely and effectively.
- Keep the tabletop clean
If you want clean cuts then wood must feed steadily and smoothly across the saw’s tabletop. For that, use a shop vacuum so that it can suck away all the sawdust and chips from the fence, top and meter slots. Thereafter spray lubricant wax or apply paste that is meant for tool surfaces of woodworking. The cast-iron surfaces are then made rustproof with the coating.
- Level the throat plate.
A throat plate which is not flush to the tabletop of the saw can catch the edge of your workpiece and can ruin a cut. Therefore, first remove it and then vacuum all debris from all the opening, in order to level the throat plate. Return the plate and then lay a straightedge just over its top, in order to see whether the plate is in flush. If it is not in flush, then use the adjustment screws of plate to raise or lower it as per the need.
- Set the correct blade height.
The position of the table saw blade must be high enough so that it can run cool without burning, but should not be raised so much high, so that it may become a safety concern. The rule of thumb is, raise the blade so much that there is about 3/16” of the blade remains exposed above the job piece at the apex of blade.
- Upgrade your meter gauge.
You must consider procuring a meter gauge from the market for providing solid support to the larger boards and also to get better accuracy. Try to find one that has a solid and long extension to support your workpiece. A gauge that you must try to get which has an amendable stop block that is so designed, so that it can cut many pieces of the same length. This gauge also must have positive stops at 0, 10, 22-1/2, 30 and 45 degrees for repeatable and fast cuts.