Having a table saw is more than just having a table with a fast spinning blade attached to it. With the right table saw accessories you can get more out of your table saw.
A table saw is basically used for making rip cuts. But that’s not all you can do with this important woodworking machine. Even with the best table saw sitting in your wood shop, you might still be missing out on some goodies if you don’t get the right accessories for your table saw.
You can think of table saw accessories as phone apps. Just like phone apps allow you to get more out of your smartphone, table saw accessories help you to tinker your table saw improving it in terms of functionally and accuracy.
Here are 8 accessories you can use to improve the performance of your table saw.
Safety is one of the first things you need to worry about when you get a table saw. You need to be safety conscious whether you’re an experienced woodworker or just a beginner.
Since a table saw is one of the most dangerous tools you can work with, being extra safety conscious will certainly help you keep injury/accident free as you use the machine.
One of the ways to ensure extra safety when using a table saw is to install a safety switch in your table saw, so that you can quickly turn the saw off by bumping the safety switch with your kneel.
This safety switch will prove very useful to you in case the blade starts to bind with the wood when making a cut. All you have to do is bump the safety or kill switch with your kneel to switch of the machine.
2. Pushblock for table saws
Still talking about table saw accessories that enhance safety, a pushblock is a necessary accessory that will make sure you don’t lose your fingers while using a table saw.
Even without a blade guard, a pushblock helps you guard stock safely through the saw as you rip through the wood. It is one of the most important piece of table saw accessory that will ensure your safety while using the table saw.
Using a pushblock also prevents kickbacks from happening because the pushblock grips the wood and you’re totally in control of the stock at all times. The GRR-RIPPER 3D pushblock is one of the best pushblocks for table saws.
So, in case you decide to get a table saw pushblock, the GRR-RIPPER 3D pushblock might just be a perfect fit for you.
Chances are the belt that come with your table saw are the common V-belts that have been around for as long as I can remember.
Those belts are not bad when you start using them, but as time goes on they start to deform and develop bumps even becoming stiff when you don’t use them for a long time.
When this happens, it causes your table saw to run unusually, causing vibration in the saw making it difficult for the saw to run smoothly.
A good solution to this problem is a simple but very useful table saw accessory known as a Powertwist link belt. This belt is made up of woven urethane links, which can be easily installed on your table saw to replace the old V-belt.
Unlike a v-belt, it does not warp or stiffen if you don’t use the table saw for a long time. It even helps to absorb some of the vibrations produced by the saw, which ultimately helps the table saw run smoothly and quietly.
A zero clearance insert is one of the first table saw accessories you need to buy before you start using your table saw. Some new table saws come with zero clearance inserts, but if yours does not come with one, hurry and buy one else you’ll be cursing yourself when you finally discover what you’ve been missing.
The throat plate that comes with new table saws have wide clearances or slots for the blade. This is not good because a wide slot allows pieces of wood to go in between the blade and the slot which may cause the blade to pinch the wood, which in turn can also cause a kickback as well.
Apart from that, a zero clearance insert improves the dust collection of the table saw, by preventing dust or other chunks of wood from going in between the blade.
So, having a zero clearance insert is not something you need to debate. It’s a must have table saw accessory. You can make one by yourself, or you can buy an already made aftermarket zero clearance insert.
5. Table Saw Mobile base
Depending on the type of your table saw and the size of your shop, and the type of project you’re working on, you might need to move your saw around quite a bit.
For instance, if your woodwork shop is small, you might not want the table saw right there all the time. You might only need it when you have to rip some wood. After that, you might need to move it out of the way.
A mobile table saw base allows you to move your saw freely. You can buy a mobile base for any kind of table saw. Whether you have a benchtop or jobsite table saw, a contractor saw or even a cabinet table saw, you’ll always find a mobile base fit for it.
So, unless you have a really big shop and you’re comfortable keeping your table saw in one particular position, a mobile base is one of the table saw accessories you need for the obvious reasons I stated above.
6. Dado blade or Dado set
Apart from ripping wood and making bevel cuts, cutting grooves or dadoes for making joints is one more thing you can do with your table saw when you have a dado blade.
A stacked dado blade can be set and adjusted to cut any width or size of groove you desire. So, keep that in mind when you buy a new table, and know that you can accomplish a lot with a dado blade in your stack of table saw accessories.
Setting angles for making bevel cuts can be a pain in the behind sometimes. But that was before. With the Wixey digital angle gauge, all you have to do is attached the angle guage to the blade by means of the magnetic base, and you can set the bevel angle up to the tenth of a degree.
If you find it difficult setting bevel angles with your table saw, then the Wixey digital angle gauge is a must have table saw accessory for you.
The miter gauge is one table saw accessory you’ll use quite a lot when using your table saw to make angled or miter cuts.
Sadly, the miter gauge that comes with new table saws often need a lot of adjustment to get them set properly, and you even end up with total crap miter gauges in some cases.
The Kreg precision miter gauge comes to the rescue. It’s an aftermarket miter gauge that performs the functions of a miter gauge in a more precise manner and without all the stress that comes with the scrappy ones.
If there’s any play between the miter bar and the miter slot, you can easily adjust it tight with just a screw driver. There are positive stops for cutting common angles and so much more.
There’s no doubt the Kreg precision miter gauge is an accessory that will make your life far easier while using your table saw.
Table saw accessories are must haves if you intend to get the best out of your table saw. Getting one or all of the above mentioned accessories will definitely improve and increase the things you can do with your table saw, even saving you some valuable time.