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 …



  1. Great Vid. I am retired after many many years of being an OTR truck driver. I did most of my repairs myself (Except for emergencies when I wasn't at home) Never used a table saw, but plan on buying one real soon. Want to build things that my handy jigsaw just can't do. I plan on saving this vid as a great reference. Thanks and I like that safety device, plan on getting that. I like my fingers, had em for years.

  2. Steve, I'd like to make three comments. 1) The stop block trick is great. It seems simple, but I have had this problem before and did not have a solution. 2) Your safety tips regarding kick back are right on. Kick back is for real and it can be really bad. When I first started wood working I just thought I'd learn stuff as I went along. I free hand cross cut some wood on my table saw no problems until I did have a problem and then I sprained both my thumbs at the same time. Not little sprains, but really hurts and I can't hardly do anything for two to three weeks sprains. 3) When you started talking about the gripper, by that time I was thinking I should up my game on safety. I watched the video, and I saw the advantages. I bought two grippers. They are really, really very good and I know I am sawing much more safely and sometimes more easily because of them. Thank you for your videos and the information you share.

  3. So where do you shop for a decent table saw at a reasonable price? Every video I watch involves a real TABLE with a saw in it, like this. But it seems like every product on Amazon & Home Depot's site are "job site" saws with seemingly much less capacity for wide rips. I rely on reviews to shop, but it's like this category doesn't even exist… My main goal will be cabinetry, refinishing a kitchen, building a custom island etc.

  4. Is it possible to feed wood too fast into a table saw, and if so, is the result anything like a kickback?  I have a small table/mitre saw, but I'm pretty sure it had the riving knife attached when it decided to try and fling the wood back towards me (I wasn't budging) and instead flipped itself backwards off the workbench.  Pretty scary, and definitely too fast to get out of the way, so I'd really like a better idea of what I did wrong (assumptions about the security/stability of the unit aside – building a dedicated frame/stand for it is on the todo list!).

  5. Excellent video on safely operating a table saw. The angular velocity of table saw blades is about 100mph. Any lumber that rides the saw teeth and gets tossed back at the operator is a Nolan Ryan 2x lumber fastball right in the abdomen. Had this happen to me once, and knew why it happened: bad technique.