This cut is the same as ripping except the
blade bevel angle is set to an angle other
RIPPING SMALL PIECES
To avoid injury from blade contact, never
make cuts narrower than 3/4 in. wide.
• It is unsafe to rip small pieces. Instead,
rip a larger piece to obtain the size of
the desired piece.
• When a small piece is to be ripped
and your hand cannot be safely put
between the blade and the rip fence,
use push stick or push block to pass
the workpiece completely through and
past the blade.
In order to make some cuts, it is
necessary to use devices like a push
block, featherboard or auxiliary fence,
which you can make yourself. Here are
some templates for your reference.
A featherboard is a device used to
help control the workpiece by guiding
it securely against the table or fence.
Featherboards are especially useful
when ripping small workpieces and for
completing non-through cuts. The end is
angled with a number of short kerfs to give
a friction hold on the workpiece and locked
in place on the table with C-clamps. Test
that it can resist kickback.
Place the featherboard
against the uncut portion of the
workpiece to avoid kickback which
could cause serious personal injury.
MAKE A FEATHERBOARD
(FIGURE QQ, RR)
Select a solid piece of lumber
approximately 3/4 in. thick, 4 in. wide and
18 in. long. To make a featherboard, cut
one end of the lumber at 60 degrees, then
cut 8 in. long slots 1/4 in. apart on the
angled end as shown in Figure QQ.
USE A FEATHERBOARD (FIGURE RR)
• Never feed wood with your hands
when making any non through
cuts such as rabbets or dadoes. To
avoid personal injury, always use
push sticks (1), push blocks and
• Do not locate the featherboard to
the rear of the blade. If positioned
improperly, kickback can result
from the featherboard pinching the
workpiece and binding the blade
in the saw kerf. Featureboards
are not used during non through
sawing operations when using the
miter gauge. Failure to heed these
warnings can result in serious
• Lower the saw blade.
• Place the rip fence (2) to the desired
position and lock the rip fence.
• Place the workpiece (3) against the
fence and over the saw blade area.
• Adjust the featherboard (4) to resist the
workpiece forward of the blade.
• Attached the C-clamps (5) to secure
the featherboard to the edge of