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Everything You Want to Know About SawStop – Live Demo on October 10

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The brake in a SawStop table saw stops the blade dead in a matter of miliseconds and proposes to save your fingers and hand from serious injury.

SawStop Table Saw Demonstration

When: Saturday October 10, 9:00 am

Where: All Woodworkers Source Stores


In case you haven’t heard, we’re Arizona’s source for SawStop woodworking table saws. These are the saws that feature the safety technology that stops a table saw blade cold if skin touches the blade while it’s spinning . . . and does so 10x faster than a car air bag deploys. Which means it can prevent some serious accidents. Really impressive.

However, the saw is much more than just a safety feature.  SawStop currently produces 4 types of table saws:

  1. Industrial version with motors ranging from 3 hp to 7.5 hp,
  2. Professional version with either a 3 hp or 1.75 hp motor (with single-phase) that works great for home shops
  3. Contractor saw, and
  4. Jobsite portable saw

Plus SawStop makes its own dust collection attachment that captures 99% of the dust, which is just remarkable. And there are several other details built into these table saws that make them highly accurate, easy to use, a joy to own, and worth every penny.

That’s why we’re providing a short and free demonstration on Saturday October 10, at 9:00 am to introduce you to the saw, let you touch and feel and understand what makes this table saw a great table saw.

So this week on October 10, 9:00 am, we’ll be hosting a presentation on this saw after we close, at all 3 stores. Starting at 9:00 am it’ll be casual 15-to-30 minute discussion about what makes the saw so nice (beyond the safety feature, but that too). Come as you are, when you can, no registration or anything.

Videos and details about the saws:

Woodworking 101: What You Need to Know About Table Saws

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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:

How to Extend Your Tablesaw’s Crosscut Capacity

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Miter extension on a  table saw improves capacity and safety when cross cutting wide stock

Doesn’t it always just seem like when you go to cross cut a wide panel that your tablesaw is just an inch or two too short to make the job safe? It’s not a smart move to start a cut using the miter gauge with it not fully supported by the miter slot. Surely, though, we’ve all risked it when the work piece is so large that it forces the gauge  to hang off the table by just a bit.

But now there’s an effective solution you can whip together with some plywood cutoffs.

We just saw this solution to the problem in the September/October issue of Fine Woodworking, by a fella named Dan Sweeny. We liked it so much that we had to give it a try. The extension is built out of Baltic birch plywood. Take a close look. It straddles the tablesaw fence rail with two fixed cleats sized to hug the rail, and uses Rockler’s universal fence clamps to keep it in place. The plywood platform has a perfect dado sized to match the miter slot in the tablesaw, 3/4″x3/8″.

We can’t give you plans for this because the exact sizes depend on your tablesaw. But you can figure it out. Build yours to suit:

  • Extension top should be perfectly level with your tablesaw top
  • Cleats should hug your fence rail snugly
  • Standard miter gauge slot is 3/4″ wide and 3/8″ deep. Verify on your own saw first.

With this miter gauge extension in place, you can now safely use the miter gauge or a sled when your work piece is larger than the  space of the table in front of the blade.


Extension table built by Danny Lopez, Woodworkers Source Tucson store

Use Rockler’s Universal Fence Clamps on this miter gauge extension.