Created September 2023


Demonstrate rip, crosscut, and appropriate use of fence and dust extraction. as well as jigs for these and other cuts (e.g. tapers).

Address the below demonstrating you are comfortable operating the machine safely and have an understanding of the associated safety concerns.

Machine purpose

Explain what jobs the table saw is best for.

Why is the SawStop table saw unique? What triggers this safety mechanism?

Wood preparation

Why is it best to use dressed work pieces?

What are the table saw limitations regarding work piece size?

Why might glue, resinous timber, green timber and undressed timber be an issue for saw stop users?

Machine setup and operation

Demonstrate how to setup the SawStop and cut

  • a set width of cut
  • a stopped cross cut (using jigs)
  • an angled cut (blade over between 20 and 45 degree).

While setting up for these cuts

  • explain set up adjustment options and accuracy issues
  • explain what safety considerations you are making as you go (e.g. stance, kickback issues, push-stick use, fence and feather board use, workpiece size, hand placement)
  • explain dust extraction options
  • explain riving knife types and use and purpose of kickback pawls
  • what do you need to consider before making narrow/thin cuts
  • dos and don’ts e.g. leave machine running/make adjustments to machine settings unless it is isolated.

You may be asked about one of our other jigs available for use on the table saw. You do not need to be able to use these jigs only be aware of their purpose – tenon jig, small parts jig, taper jig.

Member responsibilities

  • ID the relevant PPE and clothing/adornment (including hair)
  • returning saw ready for the next user including clean up obligations
  • responsibilities to others including kickback issues, unsafe behaviours and misuse of machines
  • what is best practice (including when cleaning gummed up blades/adjusting components/fixing problems, getting help)
  • reporting of maintenance issues to the SIG leader/Shed Boss.