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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

High tooth count will give smooth results in most cases, but they can heat up in hard wood. More teeth leads to more friction. It's probably a fine all purpose blade, but ripping a hardwood like oak,...
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Can I run a 15A table saw on a 15A circuit if there are also shop lights on the same circuit?

Your usage scenario is quite typical, and whether your 15A breaker will trip or not depends on how long you are cutting, how heavily the saw is mechanically loaded, and the magnetic & thermal trip ...
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Can I run a 15A table saw on a 15A circuit if there are also shop lights on the same circuit?

Good question. Your table saw, like any electric motor, will vary how much power it actually uses based on the load connected to it -- if it has to work harder to turn, such as when you're cutting a ...
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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

Check that your rip fence is parallel to the blade. If not, you could be forcing the workpiece into the blade as you feed.
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

I've found that clamping a guide board to the plywood and riding it along the edge of the table works quite well: Guide board in red, clamp in blue - you should have another clamp on the front edge ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

Use the table saw to build a track for your circular saw. Then use your circular saw and track to cut the plywood.
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Keep table saw blade from cutting into the sled

This is supposed to happen Sleds are partially sacrificial. That's the whole reason they're made out of softwood and not steel. What to do about it depends on what you're trying to accomplish. If ...
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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

Rip cutting a length of hardwood like oak is a much tougher job than cross cutting and you're trying to cut through a very thick piece. Note this is dangerous on a table saw, and especially if there'...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

I've cut plenty of tile and don't recall kickback occurring, at least in the sense we think of with table saws. For one thing, the rotating mass of a 4" diamond wheel is a small fraction of that ...
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What do I need to do to put this 23-year-old tablesaw back into service?

Be sure it's unplugged, then... Check the integrity of the arbor by wiggling the saw blade laterally to see if it's got a lot of play (not flex--that's different). If so you may need to replace some ...
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Table saw blade stops on contact with wood whilst motor keeps running

Either the blade is slipping on the arbor or the belt is slipping on a pulley. If the former, tighten it. If the latter, tighten it. Paul Logan points out that "if the arbor is tight on the blade ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Kickback yes. Kickback like most have experienced trying to push a 4x8 through a crappy table saw... no What you will get with a tile saw is more of a blip. And the structure of the saw or table may ...
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Has anyone seen kickback occur on a wet table saw for tile?

Kickback on a toothed saw occurs because you're forcing more material into the tooth than the cutting force can handle, so the cutting force is translated into movement force. A tile saw has no teeth. ...
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What's the purpose of a convex saw blade?

This permits (if you are adequately determined) starting a cut in the middle of a board, rather than starting from the edge as usual. Most commonly seen actually used when starting a hole in the floor,...
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Tabletop saw stops midway through chipboard

Examine the blade disk to see if it has become gummy or coated with resin. You may have to remove the blade and scrub it clean. If the saw is not new the blade may be quite worn and need replacement....
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Altering 60 amp dedicated circuit in the Garage

The big question is what you currently have as a 60A outlet. But assuming that you don't actually need 60A (or 48A continuous) from that outlet, the usual solution is to replace the single outlet with ...
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What's the purpose of a convex saw blade?

That curved part of the top of the blade is designed so you can cut skirting board when it is fixed to the wall. So you don’t have to remove the whole length. Also for cutting that waist high trim ...
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Put table saw table on wheels

Just putting two casters (or four) on the table seems like a bad idea. The table will be lopsided and even if you raise the other two legs, the table will still have a tendency to move when you're ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

From the movie Jaws: We are going to need a bigger boat! Your saw is simply too small to do what you want! More seriously, using a framing square to align a guide board, clamp on the guide board and ...
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How can I fit a board to another that isn't straight?

The technique I've used most often is called "scribing". The word simply means "writing" or "tracing", but here's how it goes. Set your board to be fitted in place. I typically tilt it so that I ...
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Can I run a 15A table saw on a 15A circuit if there are also shop lights on the same circuit?

The draw of a motor is directly related to the amount of work it's doing. When your table saw is just turned on and not cutting it's not going to draw anything near 15 amps. It might get there when ...
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Tabletop saw stops midway through chipboard

There could be several issues that cause the blade other than a dull blade, you have hit on squeezing the blade with the rip fence and chip board will get chewed up a little even with some squeeze, ...
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Is there a term for cutting, planing and jointing wood?

Who ever you find, the correct term for the woodworking you described as needing is milling, so you got that right. The normal sequence for prepping lumber/boards that aren't quite perfect or the ...
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Altering 60 amp dedicated circuit in the Garage

Yes, that's not a problem. In the subpanel you will need to keep neutral and ground totally separate. That means buy an accessory ground bar (if it doesn't come with one) and remove any neutral-...
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Put table saw table on wheels

Attach two fairly large wheels near the bottom of two adjacent legs, but on the side of the leg. The wheel should almost be touching the ground (1/8" or 1/16"). When you want to move it, you simply ...
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Put table saw table on wheels

Cut a sheet of plywood so that all 4 legs fit on it. Mount the wheels to the plywood. Set the saw on top of the plywood. Fasten the legs to the plywood so the saw won't fall off. I suggest some "...
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Tabletop saw stops midway through chipboard

What is the horse power of the motor? What is the rating of the circuit breaker? Are you running on an extension cord? Circuit breakers can take some time to trip if the overload is small. As the ...
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Are loose teeth in a saw blade a safety concern?

Loose teeth on a modern table saw blade are indeed a thing to be concerned about. It would be anybody's guess as to where the loose tooth would fly if it came off the blade. As many readers here may ...
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Keep table saw blade from cutting into the sled

How do I prevent the blade from cutting into the "fence" of table sled? Well, that depends on whether or not you need to cut through your entire work piece. All sleds that I've seen have ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

Many years ago, I bought two flat plates of galvanised steel. Took them to be bent, to exactly replicate the top edge of the saw bench. Welded a couple of tabs to them, so it all lined up, when bolted ...
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