Table Saw 101

Table Saw 101 – Know Your Tool

Let’s talk about the table saw. And I mean at the most basic level. This is for real beginners, for those of you that still need a good, basic understanding of this amazing tool and what it can do for you. As with most woodworkers, this tool will likely become the most important power tool in your wood shop. So it’s worth spending a little … Read More

So you got a table saw, now what

So You Got A Table Saw… Now What?

Let me put it this way. Your Table Saw is (or at least it should be) the heart of your wood shop. Maybe you don’t realize that just yet. But as you learn more and build more, you’ll find out soon enough. The number of things you will do, and the things you can do, all on your table saw, will most likely make it … Read More

5 Steps To Making Safer Table Saw Cuts

Using your table saw is something you should be very comfortable with. It’s not good to feel skiddish when you start making a cut. You also shouldn’t be second guessing yourself in the middle of the cut. Have you ever finished a cut on the table saw and thought, dang I’m lucky i didn’t lose a finger. Sooo…, you were probably doing something you shouldn’t … Read More

Miter Sled

How To Build A Miter Sled

In this project tutorial we’ll be making a miter sled, which will be dedicated to cutting 45 degree angle cuts, ideal for trim work, picture frames, wall decor, and many other projects. This is a sled for your table saw and it’s made with a 1/2″ plywood base (although that can be done in 3/4″), the miter fences are 1-1/2″ plywood (two 3/4″ pieces laminated), … Read More

How to tune your table saw fence

How To Tune Your Table Saw Fence

Tuning your fence is an important part of woodworking. And in case you didn’t already know, tuning your fence is done by aligning the fence with your table saw’s miter slot, not the blade. Note – Aligning your table saw’s blade is another process I explain here. Below, I’m going to show you 2 ways you can tune your fence so you know that it’s … Read More

How to make table saw runners

How To Make Table Saw Runners

If you’ve spent any time in the wood shop making sleds for your table saw, you know that table saw runners are an important step to get just right. However, for many beginners, the process can be a bit of a mystery. How do you make the runner fit perfectly without any slop? How do you properly attach it to the sled? How do you … Read More

Align your table saw blade

How to Align Your Table Saw Blade

Similar to aligning your table saw fence, keeping your blade straight is also very important for any wood shop. If it’s not straight, you’ll burn the wood as you make your cuts. If it’s bad enough it can even possibly cause kickback. The (not so secret) trick is to align the blade with your miter slot. This is a fixed reference point on your table … Read More

table saw blade

Table Saw Blades Explained

I like a good sharp table saw blade as much as any woodworker. But I also don’t want to overspend on a blade, also just like any woodworker. So what I did was come up with a list of saw blades that are useful in most woodshops, and depending on your needs and your budget, you can determine which ones are worth spending money on, … Read More

Rabbets, grooves and dados

Rabbets, Grooves, and Dados 101

A dado is a square or rectangular slot cut from one end of a board to the other, and technically it goes across the grain, while the slot is called a groove if it goes with the grain. However, many times this is still referred to as a dado. A stopped dado is when the slot doesn’t extend to the end of the board. This … Read More