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How to Set Up a Table Saw | 6 Steps Beginner Guide

How to Set Up a Table Saw

There are two possible reasons for why you may be on this page: You might have bought a new table saw, but the instructions might as well be in a whole different language. You also might have happened to buy a table saw used, but there is not a manual to be found that was included with your saw.

No matter what reason it is, we are here to assist you with how to set up a table saw from start to finish. Depending on which saw you own, however, locations of parts on the saw and results may vary. This is one thing to keep in mind, as these are simply basic table saw assembly instructions that are for the most typical of saws on the market.

Step 1 - Set Up The Body Of The Saw

Be sure to put together the parts of your table saw to the best of your abilities. Refer to your instructions manual for how to put together the table saw in order to stand up on its own, or lie on a flat surface, if portable. Screw parts together with bolds, where appropriate. If your table saw is portable, be sure to have a reliable table, desk, stand or another surface ready.

There are three critical parts of a blade saw that should be adjusted and aligned to perfection: the blade, the rip fence, and the splitter. These are the three parts of the saw you need to adjust for the table saw to run smoothly and work just right.

Step 2 - Align The Blade

For most new table saws, a blade is included. Before aligning any part of your table saw, you will need a base of reference in which any other part can be measured. In most cases, one of the miter gauge slots is this reference, because the position that it is in cannot be moved or changed.

This, however, comes down to what you are comfortable with using as this point of reference as well as what type of saw you have. If you trust the manufacturer and quality of your table saw, you should feel comfortable with aligning the blade to one of these slots.

Measure the length between one of the miter gauge slots and the saw’s tips, using a combo square. Next, rotate the tip towards the back of the table and measure another tip at the front of the table saw the same set of circumstances.

If the distance is the same every time, your blade is properly aligned. If they are all different, you need to adjust the blade in some way until these lengths are all the same.

It is also important that your blade is precisely at 90 degrees with the edge of the table saw. Measure this by lining up the blade with the combo square. If it is at 90 degrees, you have it right on the money.

If you are using your table saw for compound or bevel cutting, you would also need to measure the blade so that it is 45 degrees. You can measure this with a miter square.

Step 3 - Align The Rip Fence

Place the fence near one of the miter gauge slots and secure it in place. With the combo square, measure the points between the face of the fence near both ends of the saw and the slot of the miter gauge that you have selected. If these measurements are not the same, adjust the fence so that it is parallel to the miter gauge slot. If both the blade and the fence are parallel to the slot of the miter gauge, then they are parallel to one another.

Step 4 - Align The Splitter

Hold a straight edge against your saw’s blade as well as the splitter to see how well aligned they are. The splitter is not aligned right if the straight edge does not lie flat against each area of the table. To place the splitter into position, refer to your owner’s manual.

Step 5 - Fit The Sliding Table (If Necessary)

If you bought a table saw that includes a sliding table, you will need to fit it before the saw can be used. This can require assistance from other people depending on how big the saw is. Be sure that the sliding table sits slightly higher above the primary table, so that wood does not resist as it is being pushed through the blade

Step 6 - Turn The Table Saw On And Test It Out

Now that you have put together your table saw, plug the power cord into a wall socket and turn it on. Be sure that the blade is running smoothly and nothing is vibrating or shaking, or else you will have to turn the saw off and inspect the saw for a possible problem.

Run a sample piece of wood through the blade and make sure that it cuts cleanly. If the blade feels like it is resisting or not cutting properly, be sure that the blade is tightened so that it spins at the optimal speed.


This is how you can get your table saw up and running at the fastest rate possible. Table saws are great tools for the home and workshop environment, so now you are prepared to make some wonderful things with your new table saw.

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section down below, if you have any questions or comments to share. We would love to hear from you.

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