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Posted on Table Saw - Should I be using these items? And mounting router

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 04:59 PM

I’d go with a decent 3/32” thin kerf blade for that saw. A full kerf blade is 33% wider, and will be harder on the saw…especially in thicker materials. A full kerf blade will have more tendency to overload that 13 amp motor. The Forrest is nice, but is pretty expensive for a blade that’s a compromise by design (like any general purpose blade). A $30 Irwin Marples 40T or 50T will come pretty close for a 1/3 the cost, and should be wide enough to clear your riving knife. You’ll still want a decent 24T 3/32” ripper for thicker stock. Freud Industrial, Infinity, CMT Industrial, Tenryu, Ridge Carbide are also good options. Spending the same $100 for a good task specific crosscut and rip blade will yield better overall performance than any general purpose or combo blade. Keep the blade clean…it’ll work better and stay sharp longer. Tips for Picking Saw Blades

With a good miter gauge or crosscut sled, your TS has potential to be more accurate than a miter saw.

Definitely use feather boards for ripping whenever possible. I prefer push shoes to push sticks b/c they help hold the stock down.

Prepping the wood to make it flat and straight, with a good square reference edge will help with accuracy. A jointer and a planer are the best tools for doing that, but there are work arounds with hand planes, planer sleds, router and TS jigs.

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