Why Does My Table Saw Not Cut Straight?

Why Does My Table Saw Not Cut Straight?

Learn table saw basics in our popular Q/A series on how to use your table saw! This video tackles the question “Why does my table saw not cut straight?”

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We walk through the various components that go into ensuring that your table saw blade, rip fence, riving knife, grooves, and miter gauge are set up properly.

In the end, safety is paramount, and we review how to safely use a table saw to accurately make rip and cross cuts.

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Related Table Saw Videos and Tutorials:
Basic Table Saw Safety Tips https://youtu.be/nWRQo-IXnkw
How to use a Table Saw: https://youtu.be/Y562pwdne0c
How to Cut a Notch in Wood with a Table Saw: https://youtu.be/J-IceKk1-g0
How to Build a Table Saw Sled: https://youtu.be/eiB-wtbavfo


  1. HWPcville on March 31, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    I appreciate your tips. I have a Craftsman 10" cast iron top table saw and I’m having a devil of a time getting the blade parallel to the miter slots. It seems to me that I’ve run out of adjustment room on the trunnion tightening bolts. I made some PALS (Precision Alignment & Locking System) which are little "L" brackets that fit over the trunnion bolts and pull them left or right as needed. However, the trunnion bolt holes seem they need to be reamed out to a larger size to allow for more lateral adjustment, unless I’m doing something totally wrong. I hate the thought of having to completely disassembling the saw to accomplish this, especially if its not necessary. Any thoughts?

  2. Adrian Borg on March 31, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Loved it, very handy for an amateur like myself. Thank you.

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  4. Rick C on March 31, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you, I have a cheap, poor quality craftsman table saw – the crappy accessories are so loose, the fences have too much slop and play – i’m going to build a sled like yours that uses both slots.

  5. Robin on March 31, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    when i feed my wood it seems to tighten ? could you give me the reasons for this please thank you

  6. Not Me on March 31, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Gold! 🙂

  7. Happy Erthanyou on March 31, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Great job. Thank you

  8. EthansDad3D on March 31, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Great video.

  9. Jeanne Sticht on March 31, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Is that a Pioneer receiver in the cabinet? SX 780?

  10. Brandon Simons on March 31, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Your content is fantastic, thank you so much for takin the time to make these videos – they have been a huge help.

  11. C N on March 31, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Great info sir

  12. GM on March 31, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    This was helpful! Thank you!

  13. Dennis Mathias on March 31, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Why wouldn’t you adjust your miter to the opposite miter slot? Wouldn’t that be better than the blade which could be out?
    I understand sleds are all the rage but I sure hate giving up that 1/2" off the surface. I’ll have to think about why that would be more precise than an adjusted cross cut miter. It would seem as though the CCMiter would be more versatile for polygons and 22-1/2 degree cuts.
    You have really good presentation quality and these are rhetorical thoughts. Thanks!