Table Saw

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While most people are somewhat familiar with table saws, this is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. We do require training regardless of experience level; ask Chris or Tim for some brief safety training. If at any time you are uncomfortable or unsure how to safely do something, stop immediately and ask for advice or another set of eyes.

  • The table adjacent to the table saw is set up as an outfeed table. Keep both the saw table and the outfeed table free of parts, projects, and debris at all times.
  • While using the table saw, ensure no one is too close to your workspace.
  • Do not use the table saw while someone is using the lathe. There is not enough room to use both tools at once.
  • Unplug the table saw any time you are not actively making a cut. Remember we've had kids and even dogs in the space. The last thing we want is an accident.
  • Fully lower the blade when you are done using the table saw.


There are blades and accessories on the metal shelves near the table saw. Members are welcome and encouraged to build their own jigs to add to the collection:

  • Multipurpose blades - If the blade is badly worn, replace it and throw the old one away.
  • Stacking dado set - If you use this, there may not be room for the arbor spacer. Set it inside the case for the dado set so it is not lost. When you're done, put the dado set back in its case and be sure to use the arbor spacer when re-installing a normal blade.
  • Other fancy blades - There are a couple of finer blades. Remember that higher tooth count blades cut more slowly, and take your time.
  • Arbor wrench - Mounted on the side of the saw.
  • Push sticks - Use them. One is mounted on the side of the saw, and extras are on the shelves.
  • Guide - Mounted on the side of the saw.
  • Fence - On the saw table.
    • If you remove it, put it back when you're done.
    • Do NOT try aligning the fence unless you know what you are doing and you use a dial indicator to get it right. Ask Tim or Chris for help.
    • There are black spacers on the fence that come off sometimes. If this happens, the fence is immediately out of order and cannot be used until it is repaired and re-aligned.
  • Finger jigs - Useful when cutting small pieces or making precise cuts in thin material.
  • Cross-cut jig - For safety, please use the crosscut jig for ... well, cross cuts. If you are cutting a long piece, clamp it to the jig on both sides.