Many people use table saws to create new projects for their homes, work, or daycare. Many of these projects require using a table saw with a blade set at an optimum height. The proper height will allow the blade to cut cleanly without getting stuck on the wood and ensure no damage to surrounding areas. This article will provide insight into how you can properly set your blade always to cut smoothly and efficiently.
When using a table saw with a blade in the table, position the blade to rest in a perpendicular band at a 45-degree angle. This way, you will allow the blade to move from left to right when cutting. When determining your blade height, a simple rule of thumb is to set it so that the part of your workpiece being cut is even with the top of the band. To ensure this cut is clean, measure from where you are cutting down to where your workpiece ends. The length should be half of the measurement you just made. Place this measurement on your saw and move it up to where you want your blade resting. This will give you a perfectly cut piece.
Experience is Key
When determining the correct height of your blade, start with a small portion of your workpiece. This will allow you to understand what you need to do to adjust your blade, so it cuts consistently and smoothly. You can either measure the distance with a ruler or use a tape measure. When using your tape measure, place it on the workpiece and then place the tip of the blade on top of it and move it back and forth across the piece until you see contact all along one side of it. This will be the measurement that you use for height adjustment once completed with this lesson.
Steps to Properly Set Your Blade Height
Step1. Turn your saw on and let it heat up for a few minutes.
Step2. Measure from your workpiece to where you want the blade to cut, then half that measurement.
Step3. Set the blade at that distance from the body of your saw. This will be equal to half of the distance you measured above.
Step4. Cut a small portion of your material so you can see how well it is being cut and adjust as necessary by moving the blade closer or further from the body of your table saw depending on how well it is cutting or if it is not cutting at all without making contact with your material as you would like it to do.
Step5. Repeat this step until you are 90% satisfied with your cut. The process should be done slowly and carefully because you will not know what part of your workpiece is being cut until after you have completed cutting. It is important not to rush through this process because when using a table saw with a blade, the blade can move upward or downward while cutting. If one happens to be at the wrong height, you could have gotten stuck in the wood, causing irreparable damage to it and harming both the blade and the surrounding area.
Step6. Once you are 90% satisfied with your cut, place your tape measure on your workpiece and place the blade’s tip on top of it.
Step7. Move the blade across the piece, slowly and carefully, working to keep it in contact with your tape measure. This will allow you to see how well it is cutting your material at this point.
Step8. If you are not 100% satisfied with this cut, repeat Steps 2-7 until you are satisfied with the results.
Step9. Once you are 90% satisfied, place the tip of your blade on your tape measure and move it to where you want it.
Step10. Cut a piece of wood to make sure it is straight and accurate at this point. If this cut is off, go back to Step 2 and use the measurements from before for this cut to get the correct setting for your blade height.
Is Setting Blades Height on the Table Saw Necessary?
A table saw with a blade should be used solely for cutting wood. It is not meant to cut metal, concrete, or other materials. Always keeping the blade at an angle of 45 degrees will allow for good results without damaging the wood or surrounding area. Another essential part is to set your blade to measure from where you are cutting to the end of the wood without getting cut by your saw blades. Measure from where you are cutting down to where your workpiece ends and then half that measurement. This ensures that your saw blades have done no damage during this process, and it will ensure that your finished product is accurate and professional-looking.
Finally, if your table saw has a scale that will allow you to see how the blade is sitting at the base of the machine, have a look at it before moving on with this process so that you can get an exact picture of where your blade needs to be situated about the body of the machine.