With the table saw set to rip-mitre 4 x 12" Cherry one-by (8 cuts total) with blade set at 45 degrees, I'm 98% certain this is what happened:
a.) I rip-mitre'd the first piece feeding it slow and steady, and it smoked like crazy. I had to disconnect the smoke detector. b.) I found that if I exerted lots of feed pressure, it wouldn't smoke, so I finished the rest of it like that. And I no longer got a true (straight) cut: the blade flexed, and the result was 'waves' in the cut.
Question 1: If the blade is not truly dull, what, aside from the usual pitch, crud, etc, will make the blade smoke?
Question 2: Which is easier and/or does a better job cleaning a table saw blade?
1.) Shoot with (say) Easy Off Heavy Duty, wait an hour or so, then scrub. 2.) Soak the blade overnite in coal oil (kerosene), wipe clean.
I figure I'll likely use this approach again, that's why I gotta ask.