How to Use a Table Saw | Woodworking

How to Use a Table Saw | Woodworking

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Learn how to use a table saw in this Howcast woodworking video featuring Makeville Studio.

Did You Know?
Even though a table saw is capable of performing various cuts, it’s best at 2 cuts in particular: the cross cut and the rip cut.

Did You Know?
Understand what a cross cut is: cutting across the short dimension of a wood plank. And understand what a rip cut is: cutting down the long dimension of a wood plank.

It’s important to know which cut you’re making because it will determine which kind of fence system you’ll be using.

Step 1: The crosscut fence
The crosscut fence, or miter fence, helps to push the wood through a cut while maintaining a specific angle.

Step 2: The rip fence
The rip fence glides along horizontally with a tape gauge allowing for accurate measurements.

Never use the two fences together–this causes kickback.

Step 3: Hand placement while cutting
Make sure you keep your hands on one side of the wood as you push it through the cut.

Step 4: Adjusting your saw
When adjusting the height or angle of the saw blade, keep in mind the optimal height should be where the surface of the wood matches the top tooth of the saw blade.

Step 5: Rip, indexing, and hand placement
When making a rip cut, be sure to index the wood against the rip fence, using your other hand to guide the plank through the cut. The hand you use to hold the plank against the fence should stay put. If you’re at a distance of 6 inches or less between the rip fence and saw, use a push-stick to guide your narrow cut through.


  1. Alama Amosa on July 23, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Comprehensive, pragmatic and well illustrated and importantly safe . I’ve had kick back but after her 101 tutorial I feel confident and proficient in taking measures and understanding the process to objectively cut efficiently and accurately and SAFE. Cheers

  2. Susan Jeffay on July 23, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Excellent! Gives me hope I can achieve using a table saw!

  3. Steve Byrne on July 23, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Agree with others. You did an excellent job explaining everything. Thank you!

  4. capitalD D on July 23, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    No safety glasses, no riving knife, no antikickback pawls and no blade guard… and use the pushstick all the time…not your hand – there is no safe 6inch zone..that’s b.s.. surprised she isn’t missing fingers… not sure if this is a good video or not – she’s missing the fundamentals of safety..and makes other assumed inferences…

  5. Steven Fernandez on July 23, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    good video but you can use the fence and miter when doing dado type cuts and your definition of rip and cross cut is not entirely accurate. rip cut is a cut along the line of the grain direction and cross cut is cutting across the grain.

  6. capitalD D on July 23, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    How far away from the blade is the mitre gauge…?
    Great video

  7. tyson sittu on July 23, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    No kerf, no anti kickback shield, no safety glasses, no ear protection, reached for piece while blade was running, used hand to push the wooden piece 😳 everything else looked great!!

  8. Andy Northall on July 23, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    But would it work on Midges…?

  9. Hayden Patstone on July 23, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I use my fingers at 1-1/4 anything less I use a push stick

  10. Charles Mackey on July 23, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Did a very good job of showing safe use of a table saw!

  11. Jacques d'Arc on July 23, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    How many splinters did you catch on your left hand when you slide the board? Placing your hand on top position before the cut is a no no. That is what you did before the cut.
    The 2 last dismal steps you made was: 1) passing your hand to complete the cut (then show the pushstick at the end of the video???!!!) How about using it!!!???.
    2) you retrieved the scrap on the top surface when the saw is winding down after you turned off the saw. Let the blade stop rotating! Retrieve from the tail end of the saw. Please do your research before posting anything. I teach woodshop for a living and making these bad calls would have ejected you out of my class. Unsafe video!

  12. Conrad Paul on July 23, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I always get the board moving away from the fence on the last bit of the cut making it not straight, looks like I’ve been not holding the board in the correct place and pushing it towards the fenc3

  13. Simon Bellemare on July 23, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    how to use a table saw without ear protection and eye protection. great

  14. N Holt on July 23, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Where is her eye protection?!?! And ear protection?! Very very bad example to set for viewers.

  15. A Grennan on July 23, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks just bought a table saw feel confident now after seeing your video. Will be making a push stick over the weekend

  16. Wrongcliff Buckton on July 23, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Great tutorial 👍

  17. Floots on July 23, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Safety glasses, hearing protection, riving knife, blade guard, push block, so many missing advices…

  18. Hammond Miers on July 23, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Try to do it with Stodoys plans 🙂

  19. Joseph Adams on July 23, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    She was great, explaining how to. Did not talk fast, could understand her very well. More videos please.

  20. Artcrafter55 on July 23, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    My teacher mr.leone is having us watch this and he’s a G for that

  21. Manrico Corazzi on July 23, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I’m pretty late to the show, but this video is what I’ve been looking for – thank you!

  22. Stephen3D on July 23, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    This video was EXTREMELY helpful…extremely.

  23. rabak omaba on July 23, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    There is something for everyone on Woodglut website.

  24. Liveary on July 23, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I was casually watching this and then I went to her most viewed videos don’t go there kids

  25. Ron Jones on July 23, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    You didn’t follow your own rule. At 3:18 you pick up a piece of wood that is against a RUNNING blade. A few seconds later, at 3:24 your actually put the piece of wood back against the running blade as as it was running you said " you noticed that I waited till the blade stopped moving till I picked up the piece of wood. Your advice is excellent, and I have gotten into the habit of not moving at all after I make a cut till the blade stops, but you aren’t taking your own advice. And it is good good example of why safety has to be practiced so much that it is automatic. It has to be automatic to wait for the blade to come to a complete stop. I also always wear eye and ear protection, on EVERY cut. Your video has good tips, and you do a good job of explaining, but you should be more careful yourself and be a better example.

  26. Derek Bair on July 23, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I love that everything is explained. I would like to see guards and splitters. I would also recommend safety glasses.

  27. OneManDIY on July 23, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Great video! Thank you!

  28. horse0901 on July 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Exactly what i needed from "how to use table saw" thank you

  29. rabak omaba on July 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    It’s that simple, just go to the Woodglut website and enter the world of woodworkers.

  30. Aaron Clark on July 23, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    you rock! your disposition is awesome. Authentic, your sweet! keep making videos!

  31. Sarah Glatz on July 23, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I just got my first table saw and I watched this before diving in. Thank you!

  32. Figueredo Ruley on July 23, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    My adventure with woodworking began with projects from Woodglut.

  33. Rick B on July 23, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Great video, thank you

  34. Meredith Bigham-Lloyd on July 23, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Really great to see a woman calmly giving a tutorial without the showmanship and the so called funny jokes and loud music. Very informative and great advice re safety thank you 😉🌈

  35. Nino Westhimer on July 23, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Perfect! Thank you!

  36. pepeibz21 on July 23, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you, very helpfull for me. Regards from Spain.

  37. Corey Mcniel on July 23, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I bought Woodglut once and now I have lifetime access to thousands of woodworking projects.

  38. Фараон on July 23, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Who else is watching this bc you failed the safety test and need to pass the operation test?!??!

  39. John Charmley on July 23, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    No riving knife? No thanks

  40. Jennifer Leuzinger on July 23, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Wow that was an amazing video to watch. Ive been debating on purchasing a table saw but now i feel somewhat confident in my ability to use this safely. I hope to see more of ur videos ur very easy to learn from.. thank u so much

  41. Biplab Ganguly on July 23, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks ma’am

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  43. Starr Stewart on July 23, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Woodprix comes with very useful plans with all the details you need.

  44. Jensen G on July 23, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    have you watched that ? it contradicts itself, use push stick but used fingers , only use the height of the blade 1/2 tooth above piece … so many good advices and still you demonstrate how NOT to do it .

  45. George Zepeda on July 23, 2022 at 11:53 pm

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  46. Peter Cross on July 23, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Riving knife

  47. Joel Griffitts on July 23, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    On push sticks: "better this than your hand." <–Agreed

  48. TTV.snakez 1x on July 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    I have to hold with the left hand when it’s almost out because if I just use my right hand to finish pushing sometimes it tilts and shoots it out

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  50. Alexander Liranzo on July 24, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Thank you