When making rip cuts, you need to perform three movements simultaneously.

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When making rip cuts, you need to perform three movements simultaneously: pushing the stock firmly against the fence at the point just before the blade makes contact, holding the wood firmly downward against the table, and moving it steadily forward. A feather board clamped to the miter-gauge slot supplies pressure against the fence so you can concentrate on the other movements. Whenever possible, use a pushstick to get the wood safely past the blade. A pushstick is especially important for narrow cuts, keeping hands out of harm's way.

It may sound complicated, but it's a lot easier than learning to ride a bicycle. And once you've mastered rip cuts, you'll have a lifelong skill that will help you build projects with better precision.

To rip stock successfully, keep it snug to the fence and saw table. Use a pushstick and feather board to help you do this.