Month: January 2015

Table Saw

Table SawA table saw is one of the most beneficial tools used in any home improvement project. Simply put, it is a circular saw, that has an electric motor, that is mounted upside down within a table. Table saws are mainly used to cut wood for home improvement projects. Combine this with an orbital sander and you can get started with alot of projects. There are four basic types of table saws:

Bench Top Saws

These models are the best table saws that are used by TV home improvement celebrities. It is very lightweight and can be carried around to use within the home or from job to job. Even though it is the less expensive model of other saws, it has limited capabilities.

Contractor Saws

The contract saw is mounted on a table with legs and it is weighty, weighing up to 300 pounds, but is quite durable. It contains an open stand and an outboard motor, which drives a belt. It is called a contractor saw because it can be loaded onto a truck, to various on-site projects.

Cabinet Saws

This is a circular table saw that is affixed to a table with a cabinet. This saw for home improvement is not mobile, but it gives your projects a great smooth cut and it does not have any vibration movement. This saw can be adjusted for height and tilt and with a cabinet, has a good dust collection feature.

Hybrid Saws

Hybrid saws are table models that are similar to the contractor saw, with the same features as the cabinet saw. It is a heavier model that works great for all wood working projects.

The best news for modern table saws, is that they are being designed with a “flesh sensor,” which will save many fingers. The method of a flesh sensor, stops it from operating, when it touches skin, where the saw blade will halt.

There are many DIY woodworking projects that can be accomplished with the use of a table saw. By investing in a woodworking kit, DIYers will get a good feel of how parts fit together, once you have cut them on your table saw. To get use to the use of your table saw, start off with something simple, like a “small coffee” table, costing you between $20.00 to $50.00. This simple woodworking project will require a table saw to cut the wood parts before assembly:

• Basic Tools: measuring tape, square, drill, circular saw, table saw, nailer and an orbital sander

• Materials: various nails and screws; wood glue; wood filler; grit sandpaper; plywood, primer, paint

• Table Wood Pieces: 1 x 3 wood boards for the front, side, and back drawers; center legs; front and back trim for the outside legs.

1 x 4 wood boards are to be cut for side trim for outside legs; side, back, and front aprons; sides, middle, and back drawer framing; and plywood for the bottom of the drawers and for the drawer faces.

To assemble, there are many online videos that can guide you through this woodworking project, that began on your table saw.

The modern table saws can be purchased through home improvement centers, popular online web sites, and in certain retail stores. Table saws have hardier rip fences, expanding tables, rolling stands, and various blades driven by powerful amp motors. To purchase the right table saw for your projects, look for qualities that includes:

• UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification

• safety features for the blade guard system

• good dust control features

• adjustable blades for a more accurate cut

• check the handwheels and levers that they work without heavy friction and which can be lubricated easily.

Additional table saw purchases are what you should know before you buy one, which includes:

• various table saws work on different volt power, therefore know that your volt power and horsepower motors will work on your circuit system. For instance, portable saw use 120-volt power, but larger, heavier table saws run on 240-volts.

• make sure that you have enough room for the model of table saw that you wish to purchase. For example, a mobile saw can rest against a wall, but larger table saws need at least 8 feet of clearance to handle a 4×8 foot wood work project. If you buy the rolling stands, they can fold up for easy storage.

• check the availability of your table saw model to handle blade upgrades. Typical upgrades involve replacing the miter guage or replacing a rail for longer ripping projects.

There are some safety tips for using table saws:

Safety Tips

• always unplug your table saw when you are squaring up the blade with a drafting square

• line up the safety guard lines with the blade

• avoid cutoffs that are shorter than two inches. Your table saw blade will catch shorter cutoffs and send them flying across the room

• never use your table saw rip fence as a guide for cutting your wood project. If you do your wood can get caught between the fence and the saw blade, creating a dangerous kickback situation.

• if your table saw does not have a finger sensor, then use a push device for keeping your hand safe from the blade. A push device creates enough space between your hand the blade to keep your 10 digits safe, especially when you are using wide boards or sheet stock. Some push devices include the ones that you can make yourself on your table saw, as well as rubber-soled blocks that can be purchased in home improvement stores.

According to, home improvement table saws are safe if you use them correctly. They give you cuts of all kinds, with accuracy, smoothness, and ease. If you enjoy DIY wood projects, like making simple furniture pieces or cabinets, your first purchase should be a table saw. Plan to spend at least $250 for a quality table saw, because a cheap table saw will not give you the ripping capacity that you need, as well as in efficient work surfaces and unsteady controls. Table saws are the best tools that you can have in your home improvement arsenal.