7 Things To Get You Started Using A Table Saw | WOODWORKING BASICS

7 Things To Get You Started Using A Table Saw | WOODWORKING BASICS

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If you want to make things out of wood, a table saw is one of the most useful tools you can own. If you are new to woodworking, this video will help get you started.

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  1. Putzickle on June 25, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Great video Steve. Just bought a table saw and you were my go to channel to understand how it operates. Made quite a few cuts now and still have all of my fingers!

  2. Dee Word on June 25, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Just getting started. Super helpful Steve. Thanks.

  3. Mike Graham on June 25, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these videos. You’re a normal person who is teaching woodworking. Most people are way too serious about it and aren’t enjoyable to watch. I’d love to get your recommendation on how to make a table saw runoff table since I have a tiny table saw that’s not very good. Ryobi decided to put tabs in the miter slots so it’s next to impossible to create a crosscut sled so I gotta Jerry rig things for now until I get the DeWalt table saw. So for now, i wanna know how to properly build a runoff table.

  4. Thomas Paine on June 25, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Trusted my gut earlier and avoided an 18g nail to the hand as a result. Thought my hand was in a bad spot for gripping a piece I was nailing together and so I readjusted. Good thing I did, as the nail blew through the wood and would have impaled my hand had it still be there.

  5. fireworxz on June 25, 2022 at 9:37 pm


  6. aeilke ham on June 25, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Steve, I like your videos and the way you explain things.

  7. Creative Bug on June 25, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I love all your videos. It is beneficial and helpful.

  8. antiagonista on June 25, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Sensational video, Steve!!

  9. 2906mp on June 25, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I have just bought a 10” Table saw. How do I install a riving knife on it. There doesn’t seem to be enough room at the far end of the table to put it. I can send a photo if that’s helpful.

  10. Dave Bottini on June 25, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    When buying a used table saw, what are some important things to consider and check before purchasing?
    How does a beginner know if it’s a decent tool?

  11. Dillon Grant on June 25, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips.

  12. 31kilo on June 25, 2022 at 9:49 pm


  13. Mark Frank on June 25, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Steve, your show is appropriately named. Anyone wishing to learn much of anything about woodworking should consider your instruction and youtube channel as vital. Yes, there are many options out there, but I sense in your presentation a helping spirit and not just a teacher of how to do things. It seems to me you remember your roots, who you started, and how you failed as you developed skill and confidence—great information in this video as I am now in the process of buying my first table saw. I just retired and needed a project and also did small projects, now I have the time to improve and get more aggressive in my builds. Thanks again, Steve.

  14. Mark on June 25, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Great ideas, thank you!

  15. Frank on June 25, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I have a question. The diablo Combination blade you show installing has a blade body thickness of 0.071" but your riving knife says not to use any blade thicker than 0.067". Is that safe to deviate from manufacturer’s recommendations? Also, the riving knife lists a min kerf of 0.094". Would you use a blade with a 0.091" kerf like the Freud Fusion 10 x40T P410T in your saw? I think it is both narrower in kerf than what is recommended and thicker in body than is recommended on your knife? This is my dilemma too.

  16. Dustin Wright on June 25, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks. Very good information.

  17. Barrie Hatton on June 25, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Brilliant video !

  18. Mike Graham on June 25, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    And anyone who’s thinking about it, DO NOT get a Ryobi or Craftsman table saw. They are the exact same saw, and they use these stupid tabs in the miter slots so you can’t find miter sleds or anything other than the pretty terrible fence and miter gauge it comes with. Spend a little more and get DeWalt, Ridgid or one with a Worm-Drive miter fence, and a standard "T" miter slot or square miter slot. DeWalt is the best for features per dollar in my research.

  19. freedom guns and liberty on June 25, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Basic but learned a couple things. I always used the fence for multiple small cuts and the block is insanely safer. Thanks for the video

  20. Michael Derosier on June 25, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Great tutorial on the basics. Thank you for the upload.

  21. CMG30 on June 25, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Did I miss it or did you forget about the blade guard? Honestly, the ones that are coming out now are far superior to what they use to be, enabling them to be configured optimally, or even removed and replaced with virtually no interruption of workflow. I would highly recommend everyone use a blade guard whenever possible.

  22. Paul Stannett on June 25, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Where is the link to the ‘real and scary kickback’ video please? I can’t find it in the description, as mentioned.

  23. Hi-Gain Guitar Channel on June 25, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    3:06 false advertising. No link in description

  24. hon liong on June 25, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I bought a basic saw for $30 at a charity fund raising shop. I have no idea what to do, and I am looking for safe and credible ways to use it. This is one of the best video in terms of safety and applications. Thank you very much.

  25. Bobosess Bushcraft and Survival on June 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I have never used a table saw. I have used Jig saws, circular saw and matter saws. The Table saw has always had me nervus I have been told not to use it is it makes me nervous. I was wondering can a band saw make the same cuts or is the table saw just a better over all saw and the band saw for more specific cuts? I would like to get into guitar building and other kinds of wood working, if a table saw in a necessary part I will go take some classes or something to help me feel more comfortable. But this video was great and gives great examples, but still I would most likely feel uncomfortable with most if not all cuts with not having anyone to show me other then YouTube videos.

  26. Jerry Dempsey on June 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    It’s always good to review the basics from time to time.

  27. Roger Cowart on June 25, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Great info!!

  28. Craig Lucas on June 25, 2022 at 10:02 pm


  29. B Grizz on June 25, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    The Gripper contraption is life changing.

  30. ms22401gal on June 25, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    1.4 million views in 5 years Not too shabby, my friend.

  31. Cheney YAN on June 25, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Super easy and useful.

  32. Joschmoyo on June 25, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Trust me when I tell, nobody in the trade earning an honest living, wastes their money on these bullshit gimmicks.

  33. Rich Williams on June 25, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Thank god I found you, Steve, when I started woodworking.

  34. Louis Landi on June 25, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Steve, Just watched again! First time was months before I bought my table saw. Purchased the DeWalt 7485 last week and looking forward to using it SAFELY! Can’t thank you enough!

  35. TTGeek on June 25, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    The link to the video of what happends on kickback, is not in the description?

  36. Ancient Tom on June 25, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been cutting on a table saw for 60 years and it never gets old listening to good safety advice. Only by the grace of God do I still have all my fingers. 2 weeks ago, I had a rip cut to make on a piece that was less than an inch wide. I started the cut and when my fingers got about 5 inches from the blade, I pulled back with a slight cold sweat at my forehead. I couldn’t believe what I was about to do. I then went over to my scrap plywood pile and retrieved a small piece of 1/4" ply. In five minutes, I had cut out my first bush stick and finished that cut I was about to run my fingers through. Since then, I always make all cuts with that scrap wood that is less than about 8 inches wide. I think I will, when I get my shop sorted out, be buying one of those Gripper push blocks for the larger cuts.

  37. allan su on June 25, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Im repairing multiple 3/4 x 2 inch hardwood flooring. Tongue and groove. In order to reinsert the bad plank i have to cut the buttom part of the groove. Based on your experience what is the best method and or tool to do this. (Router table, table saw) ?

  38. Stuart Freeborn on June 25, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks Steve for the brilliant videos. My confidence to buy and use a Table Saw is growing, due to your simple and safe teaching….

  39. G Gus on June 25, 2022 at 10:17 pm


  40. spaans on June 25, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you very much!

  41. Chris Thurber on June 25, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Steve, your clear directions, high energy, sense of humor, and organized approach make your videos timeless and wonderful. Thank you!

  42. Cleyton Tierney on June 25, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for this – just had a major aha! moment. That mitre gauge tip is exactly what I was looking for. I’m a beginner novice, and it just didn’t occur to me that using the mitre fence can help me square up, or have I completely misunderstood?

  43. Aplexity on June 25, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks! Now to find an affordable used one!

  44. Daniel MacGregor on June 25, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Good content. Too many promos.

  45. Gavin Mathew on June 25, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Excellent. Thank you.

  46. Marvin Gordon on June 25, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    How to setup a tab.e saw

  47. LawlWorthy on June 25, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Just bought a Skilsaw 3400 without the blade guard. Found out the riving knife is made in conjunction with the blade guard and no longer supported so I can’t buy one. The throat plate is kind of a joke so I have a whole project to do go get my saw in shape before I can use it 🙃

  48. Tony Br on June 25, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Tony from uk I have just purchased an excel job site table saw model 7471 can you tell me what significance the plastic guide attached to the fence is and do I really need it thanks

  49. Chuck Napier on June 25, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Your presentations are wonderful Steve. My problem, perhaps a similar issue with many others, something I can fix but many may not be able, replace my table saw. Mine is a gift from Dad, so I just can’t tell him his gift is a hazard. Not placing a brand against another on your sight, mine is simply a very cheap brand, unsafe and inaccurate. The Riving knife arrived with the saw, bent in multiple directions enough to not be in line with the blade, I straightened it quite well, I think I can use it and I installed it. The kickback paws aren’t straight due the Riving knife but I left it on after installing it. The clear plastic guards I installed and then removed immediately, no safe way to use it. The left guard is fighting to reach into the front of the blade and the right side danced all over the place. The Rip fence is not straight after locking it down, so getting it straight can be done but requires some effort. The mitre gauge is loose at every angle, and in the slide slot. I have used it a lot without any safety devices, just installed them yesterday and more nervous with than without. I won’t tell Dad I will be replacing the saw soon. Others however may not have this option, any suggestions for such cases?

  50. Jessica Villanueva on June 25, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    thank you!