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Cutting and Shaping Wood

  1. Taper Cutting Techniques

    Making table leg taper cuts with tapering jig

    Taper cuts involve gradually reducing the width or thickness of a workpiece along its length to create a tapered shape.

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  2. Non-Through Cut Techniques

    Using a dado stack to cut joinery for a shelving unit

    Cutting wide channels partway through wood — often called non-through cuts — are useful for rock-solid joinery.

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  3. Cove Cutting Techniques

    Using push block and cove cutting jig to make cuts

    You use your table saw routinely for ripping and crosscutting wood in perfectly straight lines, guided by the fence or miter gauge. Tilt the blade or adjust the gauge, and you get straight bevels or mitered cuts.

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  4. Improving Table Saw Safety

    Tools and accessories used to improve table saw safety

    There is a wide variety of safety gear on the market that applies to table saw use. Push sticks of various types and styles protect fingers. Featherboards secure and guide stock. Personal protective equipment shields hearing, eyesight and lungs. But to be effective, these items need to be routinely used.

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  5. Common Table Saw Cuts

    Cutting a dovetail joint using a table saw

    The two most basic cuts that a table saw performs are rip cuts and crosscuts.

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  6. Table Saw Basics

    Using table saw to cut furniture parts

    Table saws are at the heart of nearly every woodworking shop.

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  7. Planer and Jointer Cutterheads and Safety

    Laguna quadtech carbide insert cutterhead

    Cutterheads with carbide inserts is a relatively new technology for home-shop jointers and planers. It improves cutting quality on tricky grain, reduces noise and eases routine maintenance.

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  8. Planer and Jointer Options

    Using stationary planer to smooth wood for cutting board

    Planers and jointers are essential tools for achieving smooth, flat surfaces and precise dimensions.

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