DIY Tools: Table Saw

A table saw, or a sawbench, is considered one of the most useful tools in a woodworker’s shop. It is made of a spherical saw blade that is usually mounted up through an arbour. This blade is manoeuvred via an electrical motor, either directly by gears or by a belt. Some classes of table saws include contractor table saws, benchtop table saws, hybrid table saws, and cabinet table saws.

When using these types of table saws, it is important to follow the safety tips to avoid risks and injuries while working. Read the warnings and the user’s manual carefully before using the saw. Always lower the blade under the table when you are not using it. Make sure that you disconnect the power whenever you change blades or perform routine maintenance on the saw. Use a push stick or other safety device when cutting so that your fingers will not be close to the blade or the blade path. Store the blade in a safe place. Wear eye and ear protection while working. Tie long hair back and wear clothes that are not overly baggy. Push the wood towards the saw while completing a cut.

Nowadays, various technologies are utilised to minimise the risk of injuries brought by the mishandling of table saws. The use of feeder wheels and springs prevents you from cutting your finger; they act as substitutes for your fingers, applying pressure on the top and sides of the lumber while ripping it.