Tips For Choosing A Great Table Saw

Tips For Choosing A Great Table Saw

The table saw is arguably the single most important item you are likely to purchase for your shop. The quality and size of your projects will be dependent on the accuracy and capacity of your saw.

Tips For Choosing A Great Table Saw

Price should not be the only determining factor, but in case you cannot afford the saw that you really want, wait until you can afford it.

Consider what your needs are and then determine which machine will best match those needs. Rushing into purchasing a table saw without first doing research (reviews, etc.) will almost certainly lead you to purchase a machine that will not fit all of your needs.

Factors To Consider

There are many features to think about before you make your final decision. A few of these features are blade size, arbor size, motor horsepower, ease of operation, the tilt of the blade, fence operation, rip fence, and safety features.

We’ll discuss a few of these features in this article, but we won’t be able to cover everything.

Arbor Size

The precision and smoothness of all your cuts will certainly be determined by the strength and alignment of your arbor. The arbor is part of the trunnion and that is what you use to create 45° cuts.

Be cautious to always tilt away from the safety fence so the workpiece does not get pinched between the blade and fence and cause a kickback. Always remember when operating a table saw to keep safety in mind.


It should be standard practice to stand to the side as you cut and not directly at the rear of the workpiece in order to avoid injury.

There are many kickback devices on the market that will help you avoid accidents. Remember that some kickback devices can be just as dangerous as a kickback itself. Some devices are made of metal which could get caught in the blade and fling wood and metal directly in your face.

Simply be careful when you choose the type of kickback device you are going to use. Always employ a push stick or similar device when cutting to avoid losing your fingers.

Motor Horsepower

Horsepower and blade size go hand-in-hand.

Larger blades will need more horsepower to make those deep cuts or rips required to slice through larger pieces. Insufficient horsepower can cause the blade to bind and even get stuck in the heart of your cut, which is never a good or safe situation.

Like I stated previously, these are only some of the things to consider before you decide to purchase a table saw.

Considering all factors is a great way to gather all of the information you need to make a smart purchase. Make sure you purchase the correct size saw you will need to complete all your future projects.

To see some very detailed guides for choosing a table saw along with reviews of some of the best models, visit Carve Your Creation.

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Learn How To Lighten Stain In Wood

Learn How To Lighten Stain In Wood

Finding the color of your wood furniture too dark? Lightening the color can be more difficult than you think.

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Stains are made partly transparent in order to keep the wood’s natural grain visible. Covering a dark stain with a lighter one won’t work; in fact, it may darken the wood.

In this article we’ll talk about some ways for how to lighten stain in wood.

Method 1 – Strip and Replace

One option is to totally strip and replace the existing stain.

Apply a varnish remover to the wood and rub it in with steel wool or a wire brush.

Once you’ve removed the existing stain, the dark color will likely be gone. If not, you can sand down the wood to remove the rest of the color.

Now you can reapply the lighter stain that you prefer. This is the simplest and most effective method, but it can be time consuming.

Method 2 – Pigmented Overlap

If the above method is too aggressive, you could try applying a pigmented stain (1) over your existing stain.

Pigmented stains are less transparent. They contain some opaque coloring, like a thin paint. This helps to block out the darker stain, leaving only the newly-applied lighter color.

This will, however, obscure your wood’s grain, so be sure you’re okay with that before going down this path.

This method is effective if you want only a small change in shade.

Method 3 – Bleaching

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Finally, you can try lightening the shade of the stain by applying bleach.

This is the most difficult method; if the bleach is applied (2) unevenly, it will lead to spotty results, which will look terrible. Too much bleach could strip areas of stain entirely or even damage the wood underneath.

For lightening an existing stain, use chlorine bleach. Using a small brush, first apply a test amount to a less visible part of the wood. When you are happy with the results, apply the same consistency to the entire surface.

Keep reapplying to keep the surface wet while the bleach is working. Then scrub off the remaining bleach, and wash the wood thoroughly. The color of your stain should be lightened to your liking.

Remember to go slowly and use appropriate safety gear such as gloves and goggles. Bleach can easily burn skin, as well as damage your wood.

If you want an exquisite, precise cut for your wood in addition to a lighter stain, you can look into this great CNC router option that’s really cheap.

Best of luck with your stain lightening project!

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