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Blade basics (continued)

Blade basics (continued)

  • Set: the pattern of bending teeth to the left or right to create a kerf wide enough to keep wood from pinching the blade body as you cut.

In the first drawing, alternate-set blades spread the work to ease cutting thick stock. Raker teeth cut cleaner by clearing chips better.

In the second drawing, standard blades cut aggressively, while skip-tooth blades clear chips to make smooth cuts. Variable-tooth spacing compromises on both. Hook teeth prove most aggressive, but dull faster.

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