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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)
It is important to observe a number
of safety rules when using the ripping table saw (See the video:
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
View of a Ripping Table Saw
Introduction (Ripping Table Saw vs Panel Saw)
Blade and Guide
How to Push the Piece of Wood
Position of the Piece of Wood
the Piece of Wood
Tips When You Use a Ripping Table Saw
Table Saw Books