A step-by-step guide to making your first table saw cuts. TABLESAW BASICS.

A step-by-step guide to making your first table saw cuts. TABLESAW BASICS.

Got a new table saw? This video is a checklist for safely making your first cuts.
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  1. this is a social experiment on January 18, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Like my middle school math teacher used to say: there are no stupid questions, just stupid people that don’t ask questions.

    Sounds harsh but it pushed us all to always ask questions regardless of how ridiculous or stupid they seemed to us.

  2. Oscar Munoz on January 18, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you

  3. BEEGS64 on January 18, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    I just bought a new table saw, any plans for a stand ?

  4. The Swime on January 18, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you so much for all you’ve posted, but particularly this one. I’m a musician desperate to keep my fingers intact, though have developed an interest in woodwork during the pandemic, so took the plunge to buy a mid-level table saw. Your advice has been invaluable, and gave me the confidence to switch the thing on and have a go. So far, so good- Still have all my fingers and a complete cat. For now. Cheers.

  5. suljaard on January 18, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    How many of you wanted to click on that red/white "PLAY" sign on the wall? 😀

  6. Brian Pekarek on January 18, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    What is the board is 10 feet long. How do you support the waste side?

  7. Mizta Profit on January 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    just bought my 1st table saw, after years of wanting to upgrade from a handsaw.
    while i feel like a lot of this is common sense, i feel confident enough to use it now.
    thank you

  8. Ziure 916 on January 18, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for this video. Its given me the confidence to buy one. Until now I’ve been using a circular saw. 👍

  9. joerg wiesmann on January 18, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    ….thank YOU sooooo much for YOUR sooo professional Vido !!! I’ m not a Profi , so I learn sooo much !!! Kinde regards from Switzerland !!!

  10. Nocturne Knives on January 18, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    An excellent video, Steve! High quality and informative

  11. defvent on January 18, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Incredibly well made video

  12. A1BASE on January 18, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Nice video.

    I’d be interested whether you think there’s a correlation between experience and injury rate. I suspect that most accidents with these things happen to medium-experienced woodworkers who get complacent / careless.
    The first few times you turn on a table saw you KNOW it’s really dangerous. After a few hundred cuts you start to forget that, and that’s when you get hurt.

  13. kapa Sound on January 18, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Wow. Thank you. Getting started with my 1st project

  14. Max Brady on January 18, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve been woodworking for years and I still learned things here. Great video!

  15. A H ESSAK on January 18, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Hello Steve,
    I live in the UK.
    I wish to buy a table saw, which one will you recommend please.
    Many thanks,
    God bless you
    Best wishes from Leicester ENGLAND.

  16. Stan Mondzelewski on January 18, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    I just bought my first tablesaw.
    The blade guard is just in the way

  17. egoy34 on January 18, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    im just asking here.
    whats more safer a hand saw or a saw table?

  18. BansheeFifteen on January 18, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks Steve, I just fear my table saw. I just picked up a mini for hobby use and thought I’d do some research on Tablesaw basics. So far have all ten fingers. The height adjustment has always been a question for me. Thanks.

  19. Laurian Ruiz on January 18, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Very informational video thanks for sharing just, got my new saw and I’m ready to go to work!

  20. BroughtToYouByDDean on January 18, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Seriously love all of your content. I frequently. Revisit some if these gems as they are full of seamingly small tips or tricks but realistically are monumentally important for safety, accuracy, and routine. It’s very easy to get comfortable around tools you use frequently and this can lead to laziness or complacency. There is no room for these traits when working around such powerful and capable machines such as a table saw. Keep up the great content. Thanks again

  21. Levi Werner on January 18, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    The Bill Nye of woodworking, really enjoyed the energy you brought to this video!

  22. Alfredo Arias on January 18, 2022 at 11:49 pm


  23. J V L on January 18, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Just got my new table saw and am now watching this video so that I start on the right foot.Cheers from India 🇮🇳.

  24. THE GUY on January 18, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    My saw doesn’t have a riving

  25. Alex P on January 18, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Is that fence the one that came with the saw? It looks like a reliable one

  26. Richard Baldwin on January 18, 2022 at 11:55 pm


  27. Luis Bernardez on January 18, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    You’re greatest dude!!!

  28. James Vella on January 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Your video was perfect for me. Thank you.

  29. The Swime on January 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Doing and teaching are two very different disciplines and not everyone can do both well. You do. Thank you for all your posts, but particularly this one- It’s given me the confidedence to actually turn my new table saw on and do some actual work, instead of worrying. Cheers.

  30. Vijay Ramaswamy on January 19, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Good video, well presented without crazy background music/noise. Professional tips to enlighten anyone – novice to expert. Thanks.

  31. BayCatJ on January 19, 2022 at 12:02 am

    I’d consider myself an intermediate woodworker.. I’ve certainly seen most videos by Steve and super appreciate all I’ve learned. One thing I still struggle with is a long rip cut with a bevel. Basically trying to make French cleats. Any recommendations?

  32. Jack of Trades on January 19, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Watching this while I make my first cuts. Thanks for harping on making dry runs! Caught myself about to make my first cut before my wall was locked in.

  33. Leland Franklin on January 19, 2022 at 12:03 am

    MANY thanks for the video! Inherited Dad’s portable Delta table saw when he passed several years ago. Have been intimidated by it…so it’s been gathering dust. Will try it now in a safe manner!

  34. Josue Flores on January 19, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Thank you for the basic just got a table saw and I’m excited to do project around my house. This video has a lot of value and great tips to contribute in my work shop I appreciated the lessons before starting my DIY project. Thank you

  35. FADED PRODIGY on January 19, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I’m not even joking, the first thing at the beginning of the video made me smile because that’s literally me right now.

  36. Grapesanyone on January 19, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Today I learned first hand how important a riving knife really is lucky I didn’t hit the blade but the wood I was working with came flying back and hit me in the hand jamming 3 fingers and cutting one from the top of my finger nail and continuing about 3/4” back. It hurts like hell and I might have to go get X-rays done to make sure my finger isn’t broken

  37. Gweesh Doe on January 19, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Your videos really help I have a dad with a nice ass work shop but won’t teach me how to do things. His only reasoning is Because “I’ll mess it up” but at the same time won’t teach me anything even though I show interest in learning. Your videos along with many others have definitely helped me learn the basics to doing simple projects. Thank you!

  38. Michael D. Bauer on January 19, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Outstanding video! We just purchased our first table saw so I’ve been watching a lot of videos. This is an absolutely fantastic video. I tend to bulk at longer videos because the are usually full of dross, but that’s not the case here. It’s very informative without being "long for no reason". Thanks a million.

  39. Hot2Warm on January 19, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Eyeing up getting a table saw. Haven’t used one since wood shop in 6th grade: 1976 😵‍💫

  40. David on January 19, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Tnx alot for this video!

  41. musiq club on January 19, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Steve hi, I have a new saw but I’ve only used it once. I’m scared about that cut off piece you mentioned @10:09…is there any advice you have about possibly predicting where it could go? (Bc I always think it’ll fling back and hit me)…I’ve only used my saw once….

  42. Oscar Munoz on January 19, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Do you have a woodshop course?

  43. Merito on January 19, 2022 at 12:11 am

    I cannot thank you enough for this video
    every detail presented in this video and the way it was presented helped me immensely
    it was like you were reading my thoughts and knowing my concerns and just answered them one by one
    I feel so much confident now

  44. Wanda G. on January 19, 2022 at 12:12 am

    I used my table saw today after watching this video. Thanks for your help.

  45. Musth Zindagi on January 19, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Appreciate your demonstration and explaining skill. Well done. Please do a demo with one of the small simple household table saws. There are more compromises in making these. Hence they need your experienced eyes to tell the pros and cons to learners and non-professionals.

  46. FooBar on January 19, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Omg I didn’t know push block exist. This is so cool I honestly wish there was a safer way to do this but now I know there is. Thank you very much

  47. Craig Lucas on January 19, 2022 at 12:18 am


  48. DCCTRAIN Plus on January 19, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Nice. How to support the piece of 6 feet wood to cut it a long way?

  49. A A on January 19, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Another great video, thank you!
    I have a circular saw and my most common cut is a cross cut.
    As i proceed in the woodworking hobby, i would like to get more accurate cuts than what i get with the speed squre and the circ-saw.
    Would you recommend me to buy a table saw or a miter saw?

  50. Rae Andringa on January 19, 2022 at 12:21 am

    This was SO helpful. Easily the best beginner video I’ve ever seen, and it helped me so much! Thanks!