Table-Saw Basics

Table saws are versatile and useful tools for any workshop. Use this guide to find the best table saw for any project.
table saw is versatile and useful tool in workshop

table saw is versatile and useful tool in workshop

The benchtop table saw has all of the accessories of a regular-size table saw.

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The table saw is one of the most versatile and useful tools in any workshop. It's basically a circular saw mounted upside down in a table.

The benchtop table saw is perfect for smaller woodworking projects. It has all of the accessories of a regular-size table saw and 2.5 horsepower.

The contractor's table saw is sturdier and heavier than the benchtop model. It has a larger table for working with larger projects.

The cabinet table saw is the largest and most versatile type of table saw. It has a large cast-iron table with a blade in the middle and a hole cut out to fit a router on one side of the blade. It also has a large outfeed table for catching large pieces of wood as they pass through the blade.

To make a cut using any kind of table saw, set the blade to the height of the work piece. Don't set it much higher than the work piece — doing so could result in injury. Feed the work piece through the blade, aligning it with the rip fence and pushing it through with a push-stick.

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