How to use table saw for ripping and Crosscutting-Beginners video guide

Cutting to Width Ripping

Ripping stock is merely using your tool to size your wood as needed. Cutting with the grain, the board is positioned snugly against the fence.

Using table saw for Ripping

The left hand presses both down, and in, holding the stock level and against the fence. The right hand holds the board level and pushes it through the blade.

How to rip long boards on table saw?

For ripping long boards, you might want to cut them down to the lengths which you will be using, either having a Chop-Saw or by hand. In any event, you need to keep the stock moving to avoid blade burns or side to side unintentional motion. To rend big sheets of plywood or particle board, you should possess a second person. If that’s not possible, you need to have an extension table big enough to take care of the whole sheet.

Using your left hand to direct and put downward pressure on the sheet, push the sheet against the fence. Use your right hand to push the sheet into the blade. Occasionally your hips might be of help to go the sheet along. When you reach the last couple of feet to be cut, both hands may be used to both push and direct the sheet through to the finish of the cut. Push the board fully through the blade, shut off the tool, and walk throughout the tool to get the cut piece. Never bring the cut piece back on the blade area.

Narrow boards

In order to rip narrow pieces, and keep all your fingers, using a push stick is needed. The push stick takes the position of your hand when the material gets too near the blade. An easy push stick may be made by notching a bit of scrap at the angle you’re comfortable with. The notch must be slightly smaller compared to the stock so it does not tug on the table and alter your cut. It is suggested that you just practice a few times to get used to the activity required to accomplish the cut with the push stick before tackling your endeavor.

A push stick can also be used when cutting small pieces so that the smaller cut piece does not shoot back or jump out from the tool blades.

Safely ripping wood in your table saw is not difficult, and when you’ve expertise you’ll find there are numerous other jobs that may be performed in your tool. Be safe and also have a great time.


Stock = any wood substance

Ripping = Sizing your stock to width with a table saw

Extensions= An item that makes the bed of the table saw more to support your stock.

Using table saw for Crosscutting

After you have ripped your lumber (see previous article on Ripping) to manageable lengths, say 4 ft. or so, you now have to cut the actual length that you need. This really is crosscutting.

First, assess your blade angle using a little square. Raise the blade, place the square on end together with the square tang from the saw blade between the saw teeth. There should not be any light involving the square along with the blade. If there’s, straighten your blade together with the blade angle handle on your saw.

Next, assess the miter gauge and ensure the gauge is placed exactly at 90 degrees. The square along with the slot should line up perfectly. Otherwise, fix the gauge.

Two things are required to make a great crosscut:

1. Ensure that you hold the piece to be cut firmly from the flat portion of the Miter gauge. The saw should remain off.

2. A legible mark to line up with all the saw blade.

Do not try to remove little cut bits as it’s very dangerous. Turn off the saw and after it stops remove the little waste piece.

How to use table saw cross cut long boards?

To cross cut wider longer boards, use the rip fence. Set your measurement, and together with your right hand, push the wood along the fence. Use your left hand to shove in the left side. Push both hands equally all the way through the cut. Do not discontinue or change the angle of the wood during this process.

Repetitive tasks

To make repetitive cuts on little stock, clamp a tiny block of wood to the rip fence. Make use of the block as a stop. Double check your measurements and with your left hand push the stock from the stop block. Securely holding the stock with your left hand from the Miter fence, slide the miter gauge forwards and complete the cut. Remove the cut piece and withdraw your miter fence and remaining stock for another cut.

Together with the board securely against the miter fence, using your right hand, hold the fence and put downward pressure with your fingers on the board. Pull the board and the miter gauge back. Turn on the saw.

Together with your left hand holding down the board along with pushing back from the fence, slide the miter gauge toward the blade and smoothly push the board through and complete the cut. Slide the great piece slightly to the left and pull back on the miter gauge and the wood.