Whencross-cutting a number o f pieces tothesame
length, a blockofwoodcanbeclamped tothefence
andusedas a cut-off g augeas shown.It is important
thatthisblock of woodalways bepositioned i nfrontof
thesawbladeas shown.Once thecut-offlength is
determined, secure thefenceandusethemitergauge
tofeedtheworkintotheblade. T hisblockof wood
allowsthecut-off p iece to movefreelyalongthetable
surface without b inding between thefenceandthesaw
table, t hereby lessening t hepossibility o f kickback a nd
Note: T hisblockallowsthecut-off s crappiecetomove
freelyalongthetablesurface without b inding between
thefenceandtheblade, t hereby lessening t hepossibil-
ityofkickback andinjury to theoperator.
2. Oncethecut-off l ength is determined, lockthe
fenceandslidetheworkpiece a cross thetable
surface untilit contacts theblock. U sethe miter
gauge(K)tofeedtheworkpiece i ntotheblade.
Toavoidkickback w henusingtheblock(F)asa cut-off
gauge, i t is veryimportant thatthe rearendoftheblock
(G)bepositioned s o theworkpiece (H)is clearofthe
blockbeforeit enters the bladed). Never u sethefence
(J)as a cut-off g augewhencrosscutting. See
NEVER stand in the line of the saw blade path when
• ALWAYS keep hands and fingers away from the saw
With the workpiece clear of the saw blade, start the
Place the workpiece on the saw table with the
straight edge against the fence.
Advance the workpiece slowly, holding it down and
against the fence, then into the saw blade.
Note: The workpiece can be fed through the saw blade
with one or two hands depending on the size.
Affter the workpiece is beyond the saw blade and
anti-kickback fingers, you can remove your hand
from the workpiece. When this is done, the work-
piece will either stay on the table, tilt up slightly and
be caught by the rear end of the guard, or slide off
the table to the floor. Alternately, the feed can con-
tinue to the end of the table, after which the work-
piece is lifted and brought back along the outside
edge of the fence.
The cut-off part of the workpiece remains on the
table and is not touched until the saw blade has
come to a complete stop.
When ripping a workpiece longer than three feet, it is
that the workpiece be supported at the
rear of the table saw to keep it from falling. A roller
stand can be purchased to support long workpieces to
the rear of a table saw.
If the workpiece is to be cut less than 4-inches wide, a
push stick (E) or guide should always be used to keep
your hands away from the saw blade. See figure 25-2.
Ripping is the operation of making a cut with the grain
of the workpiece; the rip fence (A) is used to position
and guide the workpiece. Since the workpiece is
pushed along the fence, it must have a straight edge
and make solid contact with the saw table. The blade
guard (B) and splitter assembly (C) must be used. The
splitter has anti-kickback fingers (D) to prevent the
workpiece from kicking back, and the splitter assembly
to prevent the wood kerf from closing and binding on
the blade. See figure 25-1.
An accessory Craftsman Fence Guide can be pur-
chased to assist when making narrow cuts. See
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