Using Circular Saw Blades on a Table Saw for Woodworking

Using Circular Saw Blades on a Table Saw for Woodworking

In this video we review using circular saw blades on your table saw.
Many new woodworkers have learned you can install a 7-1/4″ Circular Saw Blade (also known as skill saw blades) in your Table Saw to replace the 10″ blade without any adjustments or adapters, while giving your table saw some new woodworking options

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  1. HOA Villas at Apple Creek on May 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Because the circular saw blades are thinner than the 10 inch blades, the riving knife that came with my table saw is too thick and will not work with the thin 7 1/2 blade. Do you or anyone else have advice on making a riving knife that can be used with the thinner circular saw blade?

  2. punknhead23 on May 7, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Kind of excited to find this. Was checking to see if I could put my 7-1/4" Diablo Demo Demon in the tablesaw as to rip down some old reclaimed lumber with a few nails in it. I think I will have the confidence to try it now. Thanks!

  3. See Nomore on May 7, 2022 at 7:07 pm


  4. ron5935 on May 7, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    If your saw has a riving knife, ย it is likely thicker than ultra thin hand aw blade. ย Dangerous.

  5. David Williams on May 7, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    How about a higher tooth count and using painters tape for reduced tear out?

  6. Ariane M on May 7, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    what is the thickness of your riving knife? i am using a 7 1/4 blade but my thin knife is still too thick… wondering if i should make my own?

  7. Garviel Loken on May 7, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    QUALITY!!! Quality video!!!

  8. Robert Gutierrez on May 7, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I really like your videos. So much so, that I subscribed to your channel ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tarin Polucha on May 7, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the video,Iโ€™m just getting started into wood working and thereโ€™s so much to learn, just wondering is there any danger in doing this?

  10. chris hogan on May 7, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    I’m just getting into woodworking. I’ve read a few places that a thicker blade is desirable if you’re cutting through a nail. Is it a good idea to have a thick junk blade for this type of work?

  11. mark Persaud on May 7, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Purple heart cheep where i am living

  12. ron5935 on May 7, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Bought a 6 1/2 Milwaukee 18 volt saw. WOW. The supplied blade appears to have the same configuration as Diablo combination 24 tooth less the red paint. I have been cutting 2×6 and 2×4 using straight cross cuts. They are unbelievably smooth and looked sanded. Also bought a two pack Diablo 24 tooth on sale at half price at the the big orange box store. ย 

    No reason to think these will not work even better on a table saw where the is more control.

  13. ้›จๅผ  on May 7, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    My table saw comes with a riving knife. Since 7 1/4 inch thin kerf circular saw blade is usually much thinner than a 10 inch table saw blade, how can I get away with the riving knife compatibility issue?

  14. dave on May 7, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Colin, I am using a 7-1/4" blade on my tablesaw but its an old saw with no riving knife. The MJ thin kerf is too big that’s 3/32. 71/4 is 1/16 what would work as a splitter? I need to make something. Any ideas? Thank you

  15. Daniel Audette on May 7, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Hey colin. With plywood and malamine seeing they are manufactured woods there wouldn’t be a cross cut would there?

  16. eL Azteca ReaL on May 7, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I think you still need to use a washer with the 7 1/4 blade with 10" table saw, because the 10" blade is a little more thick than the 7 1/4 blade plus you have to take out your riving knife

  17. Scott Pegg Goldenberg on May 7, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    If you use blade stiffeners when cutting plywood you will get far less movements and much better results with your cut. Try using 6 inch stiffeners when cutting quarter inch thick ply or Any thin material. Skip the 40 tooth and go to 60 tooth you will love the results. There are times of the year that HOME DEPOT promotes two for one sales stock up.

  18. KENNY C on May 7, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I have two different plywood blades with fine teeth and they are both terrible. I don’t get it. I don’t even bother to use them anymore’

  19. M D on May 7, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Can you put a few blades in to make a diy dado stack? I have a good dado stack, but want to cut dadoes under 1/4โ€.

  20. John Saunders on May 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Another enjoyable video. Thanks.

  21. Brads Workbench on May 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Always a good idea to buy the 7 1/4โ€ diablo blade that is made to cut through nails when using reclaimed or pallet wood. I think they only run around $10 or $15 too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  22. Mr Rick on May 7, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Colin you mentioned on your website that you can’t flip the end of wood with a circular saw blade. Do you mean the Bob Chase method of flipping when doing thin strip cutting? Please explain?

  23. Mike Kidd on May 7, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Colin, great video as always – I have been thinking about using blades from my circular saw or mitre saw in my table saw, however the blades from the circular saw and mitre saw are both mad from a thinner material and will not grip on the arbor correctly! The Table saw is certainly not from the high end of the market but will need to suffice for a few more years yet! Any thoughts? shim of some sort?

  24. azmike1956 on May 7, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    I keep a selection of 7 1/4" blades for my table saw. I’ve had good luck with the Vermont American Laser X2 (v groove teeth)

  25. cj lures on May 7, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    ads sux ย  ย bye

  26. thebottomline2 on May 7, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    One issue that can occur on some table saws is that the 7.25" blade might be thinner than your riving knife, so be aware.

  27. Jonas Peoples on May 7, 2022 at 7:32 pm


  28. Dennis Young on May 7, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Note that there is a *60 tooth* blade in this size and brand as well. I have one in the B&D circular saw.

  29. N C on May 7, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Great idea. Definitely giving it a try.

  30. Charlie Odom on May 7, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    As people have pointed out, you missed two very important facts about these blades. The riving knife being too thick and the increased power from the motor, since it doesn’t have to sling wood from 5" out any more. I use smaller blades to increase the cutting ability of my underpowered saw.

  31. JimScott B on May 7, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I have an old 1962 Rockwell 9 inch saw,blades are hard to find as well as a variety
    So I just used the diablo blades you have shown.i got use to the blade height.
    I recently found an 8 inch. Diablo I have more height.but the kerf is 1/8(120thou).i didn’t realize the kerf of the 71/4 skil saw blade was only .060thou.
    I’m going back to 71/4.but only use the 8 in. For height.
    Plus my saw runs smoother with smaller blade
    Nice informative vid

  32. Tom Zahlman on May 7, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Bob Chase did a video a few years back called taming your table saw

  33. dagrynch on May 7, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    No issue with using the narrower blade with your full-width riving knife or did you get a narrower knife?

  34. Mike M. on May 7, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    I like the idea of being able to use the 7 1/4" saw blade in the table saw and I was wondering is you can use the 7 1/4"blade in a Compound Miter saw?

  35. WhoDatBe Dare on May 7, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    With the melamine you need three passes first pass set blade height to 2 mm. second turned the work please over using the same height 2 mm third raise the blade To the over all thickness -4 mm. Hth

  36. machudocajons on May 7, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    excellent..good minds work alike.. I have been using circular blades on my Ryobi precision cutting table saw for a while. My use started the day had a cheap blade that lost two teeth.. i used various 7 1/4s.. blade spins faster.. cleaner cuts,, narrower kerf..thanks love your vids,,big follower.. j.

  37. Piano Bar on May 7, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    great video, thanks for posting. Can you use a 10" blade in a 7 1/4 chop saw?

  38. Mixwell1983 on May 7, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    I didnt know my saw was 12". It was my grandpas and i never paid attention to it. A 7 1/4 will fit but the deepest cut I could get was 1 1/8". I may go from 12 to 10 on mine.

    Just incase anyone thought about 12 to 7 1/4

  39. Mike M. on May 7, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Can this blade be used with your bowl jig if we went very slow?

  40. Wazoo117 on May 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    you can also stick any size saw blade on an angle grinder
    your welcome

  41. Huy Tran on May 7, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Riving Knife : Most knives are made to the factory blade thickness. When swapping out to a circular diablo blade its much thinner than the knife usually, how did you account for that or was your knife already thin enough ?

  42. Paul Judy White on May 7, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I have a Ridgid 4512 cast iron table saw and have used the Diablo 7&1/4 inch blade to rip but the Irving knife is too thick and the piece stops and canโ€™t be forced through . I even ground the leading edge of the roving knife a bit but that didnโ€™t work either. I am always fearful of kick back. Colin do you or any of your subscribers know if there is a riving knife available through an after market supplier? I have enjoyed your web site for years but just recently subscribed. Keep up the good work. Thanks Paul White

  43. Thomas Costello on May 7, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    TY – great stuff!!

  44. Tim Karcher on May 7, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    The late Bob chase (the master woodworker, YouTube channel) did a great video called taming your table saw were he advocated this very thing. He used a 7 1/4 blade for all his cabinet making.

  45. Jimmy Dickson on May 7, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    A 10 inch is too big for portable table saw your motor wonโ€™t last so long you only need a 7 1/4 or 8โ€ max they have got to be ripping blades ,old jimmy

  46. dealwithitdawg on May 7, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    7-1/4" blades for laminate flooring are soooooooo much cheaper than the 10" blades. Since it’s laminate the cutting depth due to smaller diameter is not a problem

  47. tom beck on May 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    i put a old Vermont Am. hollow Ground planer blade I had laying around, worked great.

  48. D on May 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you for this video Colin!

    Iโ€™m wondering if I could use Micro Jigโ€™s splitters via a zero clearance insertwith a blade of this diameter? If so, would the splitters have to be installed closer to the blade because itโ€™s smaller than the 10โ€? The riving knife on my Dewalt contractor saw is askew and isnโ€™t adjustable so I have to find a way around using it.

    Thank you again!

  49. Willy's Performance Cycle Center on May 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I tried this idea and it works great. I bought a (2) pack of very fine kerf, 80 tooth circular saw blades and have been using it to rip very expensive white oak trim pieces. Nice clean cut, less dust, and less waste. Thank you for reminding me of this technique. I did this years ago and have just not thought about it until seeing your video!

  50. Edgar Vilmanyi on May 7, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the video… i have a dewalt 7485 that use 8 1/4 blade, can i use a 7 1/4 blades on it?