Podcast #11: Tuning Up Your Table Saw for Perfect Cuts

Bringing home and setting up a new tool, especially one that gets used as often as the table saw, provides the average woodworker with several opportunities to CYOM.

Don’t know what CYOM means? Well, let’s just say that we’ve all done it at one time or another. Since few stationary power tools are shipped completely set up and ready to use right out of the crate, the first thing you’re likely to do is CYOM — “Consult Your Owner’s Manual.”

The owner’s manual will help you with several things, like removing backlash from the raising and tilt mechanisms and adjusting the trunnion. But there are lots of tune up tips that are left to the imagination (or aren’t required until after you’ve used the saw for several weeks). That’s where Craig Ruegsegger can help.

He’s put together quite a few quick and simple tune up techniques that will vastly improve the quality of the cuts you’ll make with your table saw. These tips and techniques are the subject of this weeks Woodsmith Woodworking Seminar Podcast: Tuning Up Your Table Saw for Perfect Cuts.

During the seminar, Craig makes a few references to the seminar guide or handout. This guide is full of great information, including a couple of articles from ShopNotes magazine. The cost is only $4.95 and the 9-page guide can be downloaded and printed right from your computer.

4 Responses to “Podcast #11: Tuning Up Your Table Saw for Perfect Cuts”

Rickey Reynolds said,


Any ideas why podcast 11 will not download?

Joel Hess said,

Rickey, Thanks for the heads up. I downloaded the podcast using iTunes with no problems. But you’re right, both the QuickTime version and the Media Player version start streaming instead of downloading. I’ve got someone fixing that right now.

Have you tried iTunes? 97% of our podcast downloads are originating at iTunes. It works really well.


Up for a tune-up? : The Wood Whisperer said,

[…] I do my best to keep you guys informed of any helpful free woodworking resources I come across in this vast wonderland we know as the internet. One such resource is the Woodworking Online Podcast. This podcast is from the folks at Woodsmith Magazine and basically allows you to sit in on their weekly seminars. They cover various topics each week and the podcasts are quite lengthy, so be prepared for the download times. You can find them in ITunes as well so be sure to check them out. One episode in particular really caught my attention recently and I think you guys would get a lot out of it. Craig Ruegsegger gives us an in-depth look into table saw tune-up and maintenance in Podcast #11. They actually get the camera up into the guts of the saw and even have a saw turned on its side to make things easier to see. From cleaning to calibration, this episode covers it all. Be sure to check it out. Enjoy!! […]

dean knight said,

The table saw show was great. This is a must see show for anyone with a table saw. I can not imagine anyone that would not find this show helpful. i picked up a lot of good information and the photography was as good as it gets for a table saw.