We’ve covered some of Jimmy DiResta’s excellent Jimmy Tips series here before. In the episode embedded below, Jimmy runs through some of his favorite tips for working with a table saw. We went through the video and pulled out five of our favorite tips. While you’re on YouTube, be sure to check out the entire Jimmy Tips playlist. I can almost guarantee you that you’ll find at least one or two indispensable tips in every one.
Quickly Thread a Round Dowel
You can cut a spiral thread into a dowel on a table saw by setting up a fence at the desired angle of your spiral (say around 5 to 7 degrees) and then feeding the dowel into the blade while twisting and holding the stock against the temporary fence.
Try the “Rip n’ Flip”
If you’re ripping a lot of thin stock, say for making furring strips, and you don’t want to be making a lot of repetitive cuts where you’re getting your hands repeatedly close the blade, rip the stock halfway down, flip it over, and the rip the other half. Just make sure to keep the the same side of the stock against the fence for both cuts.
Quickly Change the Blade
It’s easy to loosen and re-tighten the nut on the mandrel of a saw blade by bottoming out an adjustable wrench on the far edge of the open throat of the saw (as seen above) and then pushing the blade away from you to loosen the nut. Once the blade is replaced, to tighten, bottom the wrench out on the edge of the throat closest to you and pull the blade towards you to tighten.
Use Screw Clamps to Prevent Material from Riding Up
If you’re working with a dull blade (why are you working with a dull blade?) or are otherwise concerned that your stock might ride up while cutting it, you can attach a screw clamp to your fence right above the height of the stock. If the stock tries to pop up, the bottom wooden edge of the clamp with act as a stop. (And if it happens, time to sharpen your blade.)
Make Bendable Wooden Curves
By making a series of angled cuts on one side of a piece of stock (at about 5 to 7 degrees) and then flipping it over and spacing another series of cuts between the cuts on the other side, you can make a bendable angle in wood.
Watch the entire video for the full details of these tips and many more:
You can see all of the episodes of Jimmy Tips here:
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 1: Hot Glue
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 2: Paint Brushes & Cans
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 3: Sanding & Scraping
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 4: Geometry, Rulers & Patterns
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 5: Band Saw Tips (featuring Spike on the band saw)
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 6: Wall Hanging
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 7: Drill Tips
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 8: Crazy Glue, Epoxies & Bondo
DiResta: Jimmy Tips 9: Tape Tips
1 thought on “5 Table Saw Tips from Jimmy DiResta”
Pushing on the blade with your bare hands is just asking to have your palms gashed open when you slip. Just jam some scrap wood between the front of the blade and the throat to keep it from rotating when you loosen the nut.
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