Category: Table saw

When you think of craftmanship, woodworking, artistry, the table saw is probably not the first thing that would pop in your mind. Well, maybe because it is just a saw mounted to a table. We described it this way because this is the way most people have described it. And then you ask, so what exactly is crafty about it?

Well, because…joinery.

What is joinery? It is the process of joining materials – and this mostly is wood – to form a piece of furniture, finishes, framework and other functional fixtures that can be found in many homes. Many people have this belief that joinery is a kind of fine art that requires a lifetime, and, also savings that would take forever, to learn. Is joinery really that difficult to learn? Not exactly, but, of course, it requires a skillful hand. Would you need some specialized tools to get started on joinery? Well, only with a table saw.

Table saws are available in different types, we have the open base, which is also known as the benchtop, and we have the enclosed based, which is also known as the cabinet. You can find high-quality table saws in both types, but the cabinet-style saws have a little advantage when it comes to stability and dust control. But, whatever the style, a good saw will have some very common table saw parts, locking rip fence, and a smooth, precise tabletop, that is mostly made out of cast iron, and this usually includes miter slots, rails, and openings that will accommodate table inserts.

When we talk about the rip fence, we talk about the backbone of the cutting system. It is the foundation on which every cut is calculated, so it is very important that the fence is steady and does not falter when it is put under pressure. A good fence will not move. The trunnions are a common feature that are mostly found on table saws. They are used to raise or lower or tilt the blade. Table saws usually have two separate trunnions: one is used for adjusting its angles, and the other is used for adjusting the blade’s height. The benchtop models usually come with a handle that is used to raise the blade and lever for tilting it.

When it comes to the blades, there are a few things that are important for getting accurate cuts. Tooth configuration is another important thing to consider. And know this, not all blades are created equal.

About the Author Aaron

Hi, I'm Aaron Cardwell. I did not think of myself as an auto enthusiast until I bought my first car and discover how much fun driving is. Also, using vehicles or any means of transportation is a way of life. I know how greatly it impacts our daily lives.

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