How to cut angles on a table saw
Cutting angles on a table saw can be quite easy to do. If you have an odd angle to cut there could be some difficulties that could hamper the cut. To avoid difficulties, follow the steps below and remember that a table saw is a powerful machine so treat it with respect in all areas of operation.
Judging the cut to be made
Let us start off by saying that safety is most important when making adjustments to your table saw. Never make adjustments with the table saw in operation. Always make your corrections before turning the saw on.
When it comes to precise angles your table saw will have adjustments that can be made simply by using the turn screw handle on the side of the table saw. It will show the degrees of angle with an arrow to point to the exact degree you wish to cut. If you turn the adjustment wheel on the side of the table saw you will see the top of the blade slowly lean in the degree of cut you are about to make.
Cross check the blade angle
Just going by the arrow points of adjustment wheel may suffice for ruff cuts but for exact cuts you should cross check the degree of angle. The saw should be off and unplugged doing this. It will require that your hands and checking instruments be in close proximity of the sharp blade. There are two ways you can quickly check the degree of the blade for the up coming cut.
A fast square or a collapsible fast angle square for those awkward degree cuts. 30,40,60 and 90 degree cuts can be seen on the adjustment wheel housing. The fast square has degree marks on the outer edge to help determine the pitch of the blade. The collapsible angled square can be adjusted to any angle and set to give you the precise angle for an awkward cut. Each should be used to get the most accurate reading as possible. Lining the pitch of the blade with the markings and flat part of the collapsible angle square will ensure that the angle is precise and on mark.
Making the cut
Once all of your measurements have been done and the angle of the blade has been determined. Make a practice cut with a scrap piece of wood. Use the angle off the scrap piece of wood as your final template by check it with the angle square.
Once the angle looks good you can make your angled cut. Always use a push stick to push the waste side of the wood away from the blade as you cut.