How To Angle a Cut with a Table Saw

A circular saw, which is often called a buzz saw or a table saw, is one of the most essential woodworking machines in the industry—the school shop, and the home workshop. A table saw is a basic machine in any woodworking shop for straight line sawing, the. The main parts of a table saw are an arbor on which a saw blade is mounted, a frame usually of cast iron, a table, a ripping fence, a cut-off guide and a safety guard. A table saw can be used for ripping, crosscutting or even cutting the stock with an angle. Below are the steps on how to angle a cut with a table saw:

  • Make the sled first. The sled will be the runner or the guide where the blade should be seen ripping. This can be done by drawing 4 lines on each side of the stock. A plywood of ¾ inches that matches the grooves on top of the table of the table saw will be the stock. Make sure that the width drawn on the stock is exactly the same as that of the width of the saw.
  • Use a ripping blade. Cut the stock to make a lattice according to the   width of the grooves on the table saw. Attach the lattice along the lines that had been drawn on the plywood in step 1. Use brads and wood glue to make it secured.
  • Cut another stock.  This time use lumber, measuring 2 x 6 x 24 inches and 2 x 6 x 48 inches in length. Attach the 2 x 6 x 24 inches lumber onto the top of the sled. Use wood glue and make sure to center it on top of the blade. To make it snugly secured, drive a screw from the lower part of the sled. Do the step for the 2 x 6 x 48 inches lumber again. This will serve as the jig that makes it stable even during the cutting at the desired angle of the stock which will also create a tough fence in securing the lumber to be cut.
  • To cut a stock at an angle of 45 degrees, set a small piece of the plywood, guided with a square to the top of the sled forming an angle of 45 degrees. Fasten it with a drywall screw to make it secured. Remember not to drive the screw too much and go beneath the sled because this will damage the table saw. Cut the stock through and through and do not forget to take the screws out.
  • Attach the piece of plywood securely onto the sled that will provide some sort of fence-like barrier. Take hold of a piece of stock against this barrier to cut at an angle of 45 degrees.

A table saw is a versatile machine in any woodwork shop. This can be used in different operations such as angle cutting. The table saw can be used for such operations depending on the blade being attached. Rip sawing, crosscutting, and a few other fundamental standard operations are called plain sawing operation that is very easy to operate.


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