Table Saw Operations

SKU: C-360Duration: 21 Minutes Certificate Included

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Course Details


Training Time: 21 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Table saws are essential tools used to accurately cut lumber and sheet materials like plywood and particleboard. This course discusses the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw, safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw, several different cut types that can be performed by a table saw, and the techniques used make those cuts. Understanding how the table saw operates will allow you to use it properly and effectively, and will help prevent you or your co-workers from being seriously injured.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe table saw components
  • List general safety practices
  • Differentiate between table saw cut types
  • Describe how to make specific cuts
  • Identify safe working practices while cutting

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are some different cuts you can make with a table saw?
A rip cut, a rip cut on a long board, a narrow cut, and a crosscut.

What is a rip cut?
Cutting a board lengthwise.

What should you do when ripping a long board?
Have someone else help hold the longer portion of the board behind the saw operator.

What should you do when making a narrow cut?
Use a push stick and keep your hands clear of the blade.

What is a crosscut?
Cutting across the length of the board.

What are some tips for safety while cutting?
Lock the rip fence; clear the table of scraps or tools; hold the board firmly, including against the rip fence or the miter gauge; use the push sled to make narrow cuts; and stand in a balanced position.

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

To make a rip cut, follow these steps. One, set the blade height about a half inch higher than the board to be cut. Two, set the rip fence at the desired width measurement from the blade. Three, move the blade guard into position. Four, lay the board on the table in front of the blade tight against the rip fence. Never let the board touch the blade until the saw comes up to full speed. Five, turn the saw on and let the blade come up to speed. Six, carefully feed the board to the saw blade. Stand to the side of the board and blade such that if the board were to kick back that it would not strike you.

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) –
  • OSHA eTools -
  • OSHA eTools -
  • OSHA Training Publications -
  • Woodcraft –
  • Woodcraft Articles -

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