The Table Saw Book
by Kelly Mehler

200 x 255mm

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.


ISBN 978-1-56158-426-6

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Extract from back cover of book:

This completely revised edition is a comprehensive reference to the table saw, the cornerstone of any woodworking shop and an essential tool for homebuilders. The book covers how to choose a table saw to fit your needs and provides in-depth instruction in all basic operations including ripping, cross-cutting, handling large stock and sheet goods as well special techniques and joinery.

- Choosing the right saw
- Setting up a saw
- Aligning the rlp fence
- Ripping thin stock
- Making accurate crosscuts
- Handllng sheet goods
- Selecting the right blade
- Working safely
- Cutting dadoes, grooves, and tenons
- Sawing large or thick stock

About the author: Kelly Mehler, of Berea, Kentucky, has been building furniture professionally for more than 20 years. The first edition of The Table Saw Book established Mehler as an expert on table saws. He gives workshops across the United States on table-saw techniques. He is also a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Chapter 1: Introduction to the Table Saw
- Table-Saw Anatomy
- Basic Safety Equipment
- Types of Table Saws

Chapter 2: Buying a Table Saw
- What Size Saw?
- Combination Machines
- Features to Consider
- Buying a Used Saw

Chapter 3: Table-Saw Blades
- Blade Design and Anatomy
- Selecting the Right Blade for the Job
- Gauging Blade Quality
- Specialty Blades
- Blade Stiffeners
- Blade Care

Chapter 4: Safety
- The Risks
- Safety Accessories
- Dust Protection
- First-Aid Procedures

Chapter 5: Table-Saw Tune-Up and Maintenance
- Initial and Periodic Tune-Ups
- Arbor and Bearings
- Cleaning and Lubricating the Internal Parts
- Eliminating Gear Backlash
- Pulley Alignment and Belt Inspection
- Setting the Blade-Angle Stops
- Stabilizing the Base
- Aligning the Tables
- Aligning the Miter-Gauge Slots to the Blade
- Aligning the Splitter to the Blade
- Adjusting the Rip Fence
- Adjustingthe Miter Gauge
- Cleaning and Maintaining Work Surfaces

Chapter 6: The Table-Saw Workstation
- Saw Placement
- Wiring
- Lighting
- Dust Collection at the Table Saw
- Shop Accessories
- Tools at the Table Saw

Chapter 7: Ripping
- Preparing Wood
- Basic Ripping Techniques
- Ripping Long Stock
- Ripping Sheet Stock
- Ripping Narrow Stock
- Ripping Short Pieces
- Ripping Thin Stock
- Ripping Thick Stock
- Resawing
- Ripping Angles
- Ripping Bevels

Chapter 8: Crosscutting
- Guiding the Workpiece
- Basic crosscutting Techniques
- Repetitive Crosscutting
- Crosscutting Wide Panels
- Crosscutting Short Pieces
- Crosscutting Bevels
- Crosscutting Miters

Chapter 9: Cutting Joints and Shapes
- Butt Joints
- Rabbets, Dadoes and Grooves
- Sliding Dovetails
- Lap Joints
- Bridle Joints
- Mortise-and-Tenon Joints
- Finger Joints
- Miter Joints
- Coves
- Kerf Bending
- Pattern Sawing