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Learn how to be safe and effective while using a table saw with Eric Stromer's simple tips.
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How to Use a Table Saw Safely
Featured Pro: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 1:59
ERIC STROMER: Hey, I’m Eric Stromer. Here’s a GMC Trade Secret.
You know, carpentry can be very simple and fun if you have the right tools. This is a table saw. It’s a great thing to have if you’re going to graduate into cabinet making or cutting large sheets of plywood such as this.
A table saw has a couple of safety features I want to point out; first and foremost, the blade guard. This is essential. It protects your hands from a blade when it’s rotating.
Safety glasses. Whenever you’re using power tools, it’s imperative you protect your eyes from debris that could fly up from the table saw.
This particular cut is going to be eight inches in width. So we take the adjustable fence and this moves back and forth. And this will give us our proper dimensions. Get your tape measure out to eight inches. Hold it on the inside of the blade. That’s going to be the cutting surface that’s going to reference your mark. So you hold it at eight inches on the inside. Slide the fence over to meet the tape measure and then lock it down in place and it’s ready to go.
Also, a consideration. We’re cutting three-quarter-inch plywood. So I want you to have your saw blade at least an eighth-inch above three-quarters. And there’s an adjustable wheel on this side of the saw that you can crank the blade up and down. So again you hold your tape measure right to the blade and you get it right at about an inch, and you’re perfect to cut through three-quarter inches of plywood.
Whenever cutting on a table saw, I want you to get one of these. It’s a push stick. You can apply pressure downward on the plywood. Keep your hand away from the blade. And then the other side guides the piece of plywood through.
All right. I’m going to turn the saw on. Watch how simple this is. Push stick, right there. Get all the way through the saw before you turn it off. Wait till the blade stops. Push stick down. The cut is made.