Different Types of Circular Saw Table
Using a circular saw on a saw table gives greater precision and makes sawing easier because it leaves both hands free to position and guide the timber.
Tables suitable for integral saws and saw attachments vary from small bench-mounted models to larger floor-standing types complete with calibrated guide fences and saw-tilt adjusters.
Most power tool manufacturers include saw tables in their ranges of accessories, and it is usually necessary to stick to the same brand as that of your electric drill.
The most desirable features of any saw table are stability, firm mounting for the saw and a secure and firm guide fence which can be fixed exactly parallel to and at any distance from the saw blade. Larger tables are generally better in these respects.
When using a saw table, always keep the fingers well away from the blade.
Do not try to feed small pieces of wood into the blade with the fingers; use a push- stick, made from a piece of battening with a V-shaped end, to move the work forward. Use a push-stick, too, when nearing the end of any cutting on a saw table.
Start the blade revolving before feeding work into it.
Assembling a saw table
First stage in fitting ato a saw table is to remove the chuck. Insert the chuck key and give it a sharp downward tap in an anti-clockwise direction; the chuck can then be unscrewed.
Make sure that the drill is firmly mounted in the stand, tighten down the retainingand the special saw arbor, which holds the blade, into the socket that normally holds the chuck.
Fit the saw blade between the washers provided, making sure that it will revolve in the right direction — anti-clockwise as you face it. The direction is usually indicated by an arrow printed on the blade.
No saw table should ever be used without a blade guard. Fit this next and ensure that it springs forward to cover the blade when it is stationary. Then fit the saw table itself to the base.
With a try-square resting on the table top, check that the blade is at a 90° angle. Using a calibrated square, the depth of cut required can be measured off and adjusted at this stage.
A guide fence, if included with the table, must be set exactly parallel to the blade to avoid jamming and overheating. Measure the distance, or use a piece of timber of the width required as a spacing guide.