1. Is it ok to make a "cross cut" with a table saw? -- i am installing my own floor (vermont soft pine) -- the boards are too wide (9 inches) to fit a in my miter saw -- i thought i read somewhere that you're only supposed to make "rip cuts" with a table saw -- not cross cuts.
i'm a woodworking newbie trying to save some money on my house. hence the cheap, kmnothole-ridden wood, which brings me to my 2nd question:
2. Is it ok to cut through a knothole with table saw? If not, what is the best tool for that?
Thanks very much,
------------------------------------------------------------------- Search Result 1 From: davefr ( snipped-for-privacy@REMOVETHIS.com) Subject: Re: Table Saw safety guards View: Complete Thread (84 articles) Original Format Newsgroups: rec.woodworking Date: 2000/04/23
Most kickbacks are prevented by proper table saw use:
- Avoid using the mitre guage AND fence to make a cut. This is a big No No!! - Avoid ripping warped or damaged wood. If you have to, then attach it to a straight piece of wood. - Adjust the blade height enough to just clear the work - Make sure your fence is calibrated so it's parallel to the blade. (it's a good idea to give it a couple thousand of an inch extra clearance at the rear) Check this annually and never assume a brand new saw is properly calibrated. - Keep you blades sharp and use the correct blade for the cut. - Don't stand in the line of fire. Work in a position that's not directly in line with potential kickback. - Use a featherboard when needed - If the cut will put you in harms way than consider using another tool. A bandsaw can be much safer for cutting damaged wood. - Hearing protection, safety glasses, dust mask, and even a hardhat will help protect you. - Work when you are fresh and alert and think thru every cut before you make it. - Ask yourself if you can accomplish the cut safer using a different tool. Sometimes you can make a rough cut on a safer tool and use the table saw for a finish cut. - Get an outfeed table for your saw. - Work in a well lit area. - If you are more comfortable using the guard then use it.