Table Saw Blades
What You Should Know

The more you know about table saw blades, the easier it is to select the right blade for any job you choose to tackle. While the language used to describe blade geometry may seem complicated, it really isn't that hard to learn. And when you're armed with the right information, shopping for a saw blade becomes less of a guessing game.

It's just as important to know how to take care of them so they stay sharp and productive. After all, even an expensive top-of-the-line table saw won't cut properly with a faulty saw blade. Your collection of woodworking saw blades can add up to a sizable investment, so why wear them out before their time.

Along with selected table saw blade reviews, the articles below will shed some light on the different types of saw blades, while also calling attention to their care and use.

How to set up a stacked dado blade set

Zero clearance table saw insert.

A stacked dado blade set is one of those accessories that every table saw owner should have in their tool inventory. For me, there's hardly a better way to cut precision dados, grooves and rabbets.

Unfortunately, stacked dado sets don't always come with clear instructions on how to set them up properly. This can lead to a lot of confusion for someone who has never used one. And, if it's set up incorrectly, could result in damage to the dado cutter — or worse, an accident.

Make your own zero clearance table saw inserts

Zero clearance table saw insert.

Reduce tearout and enhance safety with shop made zero clearance inserts. They're not hard to make, and you can save a great deal of money by making them out of cut-offs from other projects.

Once you see the improvement in cut quality, you'll be making them for every blade you have.

Dado saw blades - Freud SD208 8" stacked dado review

Freud sd208 dado blade.

If you're looking for a moderately priced stacked dado that performs well in a wide range of materials, this Freud "Pro Dado Set" fits the bill well.

It can handle cuts from 1/4" right up to 7/8" and includes a shim set so you can fine tune your dados for a precise fit. Better still, it cuts perfectly flat bottom dados that rival those made by much more expensive dado sets.

Table saw blade cleaning

Have you noticed that build-up of crud around the carbide tips of your saw blades? When it gets too thick it can generate friction between the blade and workpiece, which in turn creates heat and drag.

This can make a saw blade act like it's dull, or if the crud is thick enough, cause it to vibrate like it's warped. Most woodworking saw blades can be brought back to their former glory with a simple cleaning.

Blade storage

Sure, carbide's tough. But it's also brittle, and if a saw blade meets a concrete floor, the blade often times comes out the loser. Even stacking table saw blades one on top of the other can result in chipped teeth.

To avoid these mishaps, proper saw blade storage is essential. This article investigates some of the storage options available for the home workshop.