Tips for sawing
Save saw table wear and tear with a stopblock
You often don't notice until it's too late. After repeatedly raising and lowering the blade of your radial-arm saw, you've cut a deep kerf into the top of the table and practically ruined it. Solution?
Before you chew up your table, lower the blade to the correct depth, about 1/8" below the surface of the table. Then, tape a wooden block to the column of your radial-arm saw as shown in the drawing at right. Now, whenever you raise and lower the blade, the block will prevent the blade from digging deeper into the table.
-- from the WOOD® magazine shop
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