What do you do when the blade of your table saw becomes blunt? Throw it out and get a new one? Or keep using it and ruin your wood? Certainly not the latter considering the massive impact it has on your stock.
If you resort to replacing the blunt blade, you must have a lot of spare cash. Having wasted a lot of money this way, I can confirm it is not something you want to make a habit. Yes, sharpening the blade might be no mean task, but it is certainly cost-effective, and you don’t have to be swimming in ingenuity to make it happen.
Regardless of what your thoughts are concerning sharpening your table saw’s blade, the process can be learned, and this is what we intend to achieve in this piece – guiding you on the right path towards getting your table saw’s blade to its original tip-top condition. Here we go!
What You Need for This Task?
- Diamond grinding wheel
- Protective goggles
- Hand groves
- Face mask
- Sharpening stick
- Soapy water
There are two ways to sharpen the blade of a table saw. Method 1 entails using a file to manually sharpen the edges of the blade. Another method depends on the diamond grinding wheel to deliver a sharper blade. The second method is less stressful compared to the first but getting the grinding wheel – which can be used several times – adds to the cost.
How to Sharpen a Table Saw Blade - Step by Step Instructions
- Step 1 - Turn off the power
It’s important you turn off the table saw and remove its connection to the power outlet. Accidents happen but many are avoidable.
- Step 2 - Remove All Debris
Use the hand brush, soap and water to remove all debris from the teeth of the blade. This is a buildup towards restoring the blade to its sharper form.
- Step 3 - Apply the Grease/Oil
Apply oil or grease to the blade. This makes it more vulnerable towards the sharpening exercise. Also, it helps in the removal of dirt stuck around the blade of the table saw.
- Step 4 - Use your safety gear
Before you proceed to commence the sharpening exercise properly, you need to protect yourself. Protective goggles, hand gloves, face mask, and earmuffs would help to achieve that to a reasonable extent, but you’d still need to be careful.
- Step 5 - Sharpen the Blade Using the sharpening stick
Place the sharpening stick on a wooden support and bring it in close proximity to the suspended blade. To sharpen the blade, you would need to continuously rub the sharpening stick against the teeth of the blade in an oscillatory manner. Endeavor to oil the metallic part of the sharpening stick to improve the efficiency of the process. This is repeated until the blade is visibly sharp.
- Step 1 - Disconnected the Blade from the Table Saw
The blade plates of a table saw are usually held in position by screws. Unscrew this hold on the plates, and remove the blade by turning the nut in an anticlockwise direction using the wrench.
- Step 2 - Mount the Diamond Wheel on the Table Saw
Attach the diamond wheel to the table saw. You can use the accessories of the detached blade to do this. Subsequently, support the blade on a wood which ensures the accessibility of its teeth.
- Step 3 - Turn on the table saw
With the diamond wheel fully in the stead of the blade, turn on table saw. The wheel shouldn’t be out of place despite its different construct than the blade.
- Step 4 - Sharpen the Blade
As the blade is supported on a wooden base, bring it towards the revolving diamond grinding wheel. It is important you do this for each individual tooth on the blade. Aim the revolving wheel at the space between the teeth and move the blade to next after several seconds.
- Step 5 - Re-attach the Blade to the Table Saw
Detach the diamond grinding wheel and return the blade to its original position. You will need to secure the blade plates and relock the blade.
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