This article is a summary of a YouTube video "12 WORST TABLE SAW MISTAKES!! And How To Avoid Them...(DON'T DO THESE THINGS! Kickback/Binding)" by The Honest Carpenter

12 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Table Saw

TLDRThis video highlights the 12 most important mistakes to avoid when using a table saw. It covers topics such as twisting the board, cutting freehand, squeezing the cut, ripping boards wider than they are long, and levering, among others.

Key insights

:red_circle:Twisting the board while cutting can cause the blade to bind and pose a safety hazard.

:blue_circle:Using a push stick is crucial for safety and keeps the board straight and stable.

:green_circle:Cutting freehand is not recommended as it can lead to inaccurate cuts and potential dangers.

:purple_circle:Avoid squeezing the cut, as excessive pressure can cause the blade to bind or twist the board.

:orange_circle:Ripping boards wider than they are long is unstable and increases the risk of twisting and blade binding.

Q&A

Should I always use a push stick when using a table saw?

Yes, using a push stick is essential for safety and keeps the board straight and stable.

Is it safe to cut freehand on a table saw?

No, cutting freehand is not recommended as it can lead to inaccurate cuts and potential dangers.

Can I rip boards wider than they are long on a table saw?

It is not recommended to rip boards wider than they are long as it is unstable and increases the risk of twisting and blade binding.

How should I avoid squeezing the cut?

To avoid squeezing the cut, use light pressure and let the saw do the work. Avoid excessive force that may cause the blade to bind or twist the board.

Is it necessary to use a fence when using a table saw?

Yes, using a fence is crucial for guiding the board and ensuring accurate cuts. It helps maintain a straight line and prevents twisting.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction to the importance of avoiding mistakes when using a table saw.

00:23Mistake number one: twisting the board while cutting and the dangers it can cause.

02:00The use of a push stick and its role in keeping the board straight and stable.

03:26The risks and disadvantages of cutting freehand without the use of a fence.

05:08The importance of avoiding squeezing the cut and applying excessive pressure.

06:42Why it is not recommended to rip boards wider than they are long on a table saw.

08:08The dangers of levering and the importance of keeping the board flat on the table saw.

09:25The risks of pulling small pieces from the back and the correct stance when feeding stock.

10:16The dangers of drop cutting and the need to avoid standing directly behind the stock.

11:40Conclusion and final tips for using a table saw safely and effectively.