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Tip #55
Table Saw Basic Cuts

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Figure 2-1. The six basic cuts: (A) crosscut, (B) rip, (C) miter, (D) cross bevel, (E)rip bevel, and (F) compound miter.

Sawing--crosscutting (cutting perpendicular to or “across” the wood grain), ripping (cutting parallel to or “with” the grain), making miter joints and other joinery cuts--is the most common, most necessary woodworking operation. You'll spend most of your operating time on the Mark V sawing.

There are six basic saw cuts: crosscut, rip, miter, cross bevel, rip bevel, and compound miter (Figure 2-1). All other cuts, no matter how intricate, are combinations of these basic cuts. It is essential, therefore, to master the basic cuts in order to use the table saw to its fullest capabilities. In this tip, we concern ourselves primarily with crosscutting and ripping. It is interesting to note that perhaps ninety percent of all operations on the table saw are ripping and crosscutting. It should also be noted that the table saw should not be used in through--sawing operations without the saw guard in place. Warning: Always use saw guards and safety devices as recommended.

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