Minimizing Errors when Ripping Wood with a Table Saw

Minimizing errors when ripping wood with a table saw

When ripping wood with a table saw, you are prone to encountering a myriad of problems. These issues can range from annoying to perilous, depending on the problem.

Still, no matter how you measure it, using a table saw to rip your lumber is infinitely preferable to using a circular saw – especially on the jobsite.

The good news is that, in almost every case, whether the problem is incorrect cuts, waste or injury, these mistakes can be minimized or avoided with some basic instruction, common sense techniques and the right equipment.

Common Table Saw Ripping Errors

The most worrisome errors are binding, kickback and ejection wood stock. In a fraction of an instant, a table saw can eject a board straight at your face or another part of the body. This can potentially cause severe injury or even death.

Pinching the blade occurs when you’re almost through a cut and the weight of the cut segment causes the portion near the blade to lift off the cutting surface. This phenomenon also occurs when using a handheld circular saw. Pieces of wood will push the saw blade back out of the cut, resulting in kickback. To avoid this problem, you need a means of supporting the wood.

Another common error is burning the wood with the friction of the saw blade. This can happen if you cut too slowly or if you stop mid-cut and restart. It can occur on thick pieces of lumber if your saw isn’t powerful enough to handle the cut at the correct speed. If you have a dirty or dull blade, or if you’re using the wrong blade on your saw, you’re much more likely to encounter burn. Incorrect blade height can also cause potentially deadly errors.

Steps for Avoiding Table Saw Errors when Ripping Wood

Some of the most basic ways of reducing errors include buying a high-quality saw and following the manufacturer’s instructions for its use. Using the right blades and making sure your blades are sharp are also important.

But many errors that occur while ripping involve where your table saw is placed and the way it is mounted. Even more problems result when you don’t have a stable, reliable way to support the portion of your lumber that has already gone by the blade – sometimes known as an outfeed table.

CutHub’s table saw stand setup solves all your problems in one sturdy, portable solution. One person can set it up, break it down and transport it easily from jobsite to jobsite.

Our customer reviews speak for themselves: CutHub improves safety, comfort and efficiency while reducing waste. You can have a new, inexperienced crew member making journeyman-level cuts in a matter of minutes. Because you can train faster and build faster, you can complete projects in record time. Our customers unanimously agree that CutHub pays for itself.

You’ll rip lumber more safely and accurately than you ever imagined. And, because the lumber stays on the same level, you’ll avoid troublesome pivot points.

Contact us today to request a quote, or to learn more about how the CutHub portable jobsite cut station can help you eliminate the potentially dangerous and costly errors that commonly occur when ripping wood on a table saw.