Yep, that’s Norm Abram. You’re going to want to watch this.
No doubt about it, with a table saw and a router, a modern day woodworker is an unstoppable force. But the table saw is the most ubiquitous woodworking tool of our age. Indeed, it’s what separates woodworkers from, well, their neighbors-who-need-a-favor. If you already have a shop in your garage or elsewhere, you know. It goes like this: “Hey Bob, could you cut this for me? It’ll take just a minute, it’s really simple . . .” Or worse, but let’s move on. The table saw is the tool with which most of us step up from a circular saw, jig saw, or a chop saw to start building bigger-and-better projects or, God willing, heirloom furniture.
Yet, there’s a lot to know about choosing, owning, and operating a table saw. It’ll sever a finger as fast as it’ll cut down a 4×8 sheet of plywood. Fortunately, Norm and The New Yankee Workshop dedicated episodes to the topic of table saws. And those episodes landed on the internet! I thought I’d post one here for you.
If you’re looking at buying a table saw, or even if you own a table saw already, watch this 25-minute video. You will be well armed to own and operate a table saw – considering it’s free, man, you can’t beat it. Norm will walk you through the essentials, such as:
- The saw: know the differences between bench top, contractor, hybrid, and cabinet table saws.
- Blades: when to choose an 80-tooth crosscut blade over a 40-tooth combo blade
- Fences: why are some aluminum and other steel?
- Throat plates: why your safety and your results depend on them
- Safety: using push sticks
- Sheet goods: techniques for how to cut them down by yourself
- Outfeed tables: why they’re good, and how to make one
You’ll get a lot out of this 25-minute tutorial. After that, check out Part 2 for more advanced table saw usage and techniques: