Using a Ripping Table Saw

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Picture of a Ripping table saw


Views of a Ripping Table Saw

The table saw is a useful addition to any workshop as it allows you to rip long planks of wood very easily.

The first video provides differents views of a ripping table saw (Views of a Ripping Table Saw).


The main feature of a ripping table saw vs. a panel saw is the splitter behind the blade which prevents kickback. (See the video: Ripping Table Saw vs. Panel Saw)

Safety Tips

It is important to observe a number of safety rules when using the ripping table saw (See the video: Safety Tips).


  • Wear safety glasses or a face shield.
  • Wear hearing protection suitable for the level and frequency of the noise to which you are exposed in the woodworking area.
  • Pay particular attention to the manufacturer's instructions on reducing the risk of kickback (workpiece is driven backward unexpectedly toward the operator).
  • Choose the right blade for the task being compleded.
  • Keep blades clean, sharp, and properly set so that they will cut freely without having to force the workpiece against the blade.
  • Use the guards provided with the saw or those designed for the saw you are using. Make sure they are in place and in good working condition.
  • Ensure that the fence is locked in position after setting the desired width.
  • Make sure that your hands are never anywhere near the moving blades.
  • Feed the workpiece as fast as the saw will accept it.
  • Do not leave a saw running unattended. Turn off the power and make sure the machine has stopped running before leaving the area.
  • Use caution when waxing, cleaning, or servicing the table. Shut off and unplug a saw before working on it.
  • Operate machines in a clean, uncluttered and well-lit area.

Controlling the Piece of Wood

It is important to control the piece of wood between the blade and the guide. If a piece of wood gets stuck in this area, the piece of wood could be thrown back at you. (See the video: Blade and Guide)

Pushing the Piece of Wood

Here are a number of important tips when pushing the piece of wood for crosscutting:

  • Ensure that there is adequate support to hold a work piece; use extension tables or roller supports on the side or at the back. If an assistant is at the back end (outfeed) of the saw, an extension table should be in place so that the back edge is about 1.2 m (4 ft) from the saw blade. The assistant should wait until the workpiece reaches the edge of the extension table and not extend his or her hand toward the saw blade.
  • Do not saw freehand. Always hold the stock firmly against the mitre gauge or a rip fence to position and guide the cut.
  • When ripping narrow or short stock, use a push stick (e.g., when the fence is set at less than about 15 cm (6 in) from the blade; when the piece is less than 30 cm (12 in) long or when the last 30 cm (12 in) of a longer piece is being cut).
  • For larger piece of wood, use your hand to hold the piece of wood firmly.
  • Always stand on the left of the blade to avoid kickback.

See the video: How to Push the Piece of Wood

Position of the Wood Piece

Important tips on how to position the piece of wood:

  • The guide should be locked in securely.
  • The blade height should be set so that it does not extend more than half an inch above the height of the piece being cut.
  • Hold the workpiece firmly down on the table and against the fence when pushing the wood forward.
  • Use the right hand to push the piece of wood through the blade and the left hand to hold down the piece of wood firmly on the table. The left hand should remain stready on the piece of wood.
  • Feed stock into the blade against the direction of its rotation.
  • Keep your body and face to one side of the saw blade so as to avoid any kickback.
  • For wide or long stock, provide adequate support at the back and on the sides of a saw table.
  • When approaching the blade, use the push stick to finish the cut.

See the explanations on video: Position of the Piece of Wood.


Cutting the Wood Piece

See the video: Cutting the Piece of Wood

Videos Sequences

  1. View of a Ripping Table Saw
  2. Introduction (Ripping Table Saw vs Panel Saw)
  3. Safety Tips
  4. Blade and Guide
  5. How to Push the Piece of Wood
  6. Position of the Piece of Wood
  7. Cutting the Piece of Wood

Internet Resources

  1. Tips When You Use a Ripping Table Saw
  2. Table Saw Books


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