Not only are power tools a great way to save time and money while completing your projects, but power tools are also fun to use. At one time, power tools were considered a man's possession. However, times have changed and nowadays, both men and women enjoy the many great projects that can be completed by using power tools.
Along with the advantages of using power tools, also come safety issues and common mistakes. For example, setting a board up to be cut between two supports is a mistake. Instead, the board that hangs over the outside of one support should be cantilevered. This will provide needed support to avoid binding the blade of the saw as the board drops. This particular method is known as the "kick back." Another common mistake is using the wrong blade for the type of material cutting. If you plan to do any cutting at all, the best investment you can make is a pair of sawhorses.
When it comes to the circular saw, this is probably the most popular power tool available. The circular saw features:
To use the circular saw, the cutting depth should be set to 1/8-inch more than the thickness of the wood being cut and the sole plate should be kept flat on the wood's surface to avoid binding. When shopping for circular saws, you will have a choice of the worm-driven saw, which is primarily used for heavy duty framing work, and the sidewinder that is used for jobs that are lightweight or finishing work.
- Replaceable blade
- Blade guard, designed with a spring load option so it is moved out of the way while sawing
- Sole plate, which depending on the circular saw might be attached to a ripping fence
- Cutting guide
- Knobs that are used to adjust the angle of the cutting and the depth of the blade
Another great power tool is the jigsaw, also called a saber saw, which is used for making detailed cuts and curving lines. Be sure to cut from the inside of the wood. Reciprocating saws are handy and used for cutting openings in existing walls and perfect for remodeling jobs. This type power tool is easy to use and tough enough to cut through metal, leather, green wood, cloth, rubber, plastic, and linoleum. The table saw, which is also known as a bench saw, can miter, groove, crosscut rip, and even bevel. Blades for a table saw range from 7 �-inches to 12-inches and can cut as deep as 1 �-inches to 3 3/8-inch.
The radial arm saw is ideal for making cuts to heavier stock. In most cases, the wood is kept in a stationary position for crosscutting, while the blade bears down. The radial arm saw is generally used by professionals. Finally, the band saw is small but useful. This little saw is great for cutting wood into creative and difficult shapes and curves. Additionally, the band saw provides precision cutting! When it comes to power tools and saws, whatever the project, the perfect saw is available.