5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Hybrid Table Saw

A comprehensive guide to help you understand benefits of a hybrid saw and helps you decide whether it deserves a place in your workshop.

One of the most advanced innovations in the Woodworking industry is the development of hybrid saws.

Power-tool manufacturers created hybrid saws by combining the best features of 3-hp cabinet table saws and 1-1/2-hp open-leg contractor saws.

The hybrid saws, in looks, are very similar to cabinet saws. The base is closed and because of that dust and noises, which generate during the cutting process, is captured within.

But that doesn’t mean hybrid saws are not powerful or flexible. In terms of performance, and adjustment capabilities, hybrid saws are similar to contractor saws.

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Following are some of the best features of hybrid saws:-

Hybrid saws offer great cutting capacity in lesser power

A few hybrid saws, with 110-volt induction motors each, and power rating ranging from 1-1/2 to 2 HP were tested against market’s best contractor saws and cabinet saws, the result was astounding.

In order to find out the true power of hybrid saws, a test was conducted with full kerf 24 tooth blade to rip 2″ inch thick red oak.

Results:-

Some of the hybrid saw beat both contactor saws and 3 HP cabinet saws in ripping that piece of red oak apart.

Sturdy fence and mitre gauge will bring out best performance

All the hybrid saws available in market come with T-style fences. At worst, these fences bring about a deflection between .003″ and .006″ while cutting a wooden work piece.

These deflections can be mitigated with use of a properly aligned blade guard or a splitter.

If these deflections are not mitigated, or even these increase to make than .007″, the work piece cut-off could wander back into the teeth of the blade and may slightly spray sawdust outwards.

Also, if a splitter in not used, large deflections can produce kickback.

Other factors to consider while buying hybrid table saws:-

Safety guards

Safety guards wear over time and require replacement. Since most of them difficult to remove from the hybrid table saw, most people leave them off; this is not the right approach.

Some of the next-gen table saws come with quick-release system, which reduce the hassle of installation completely. These next-gen hybrid saws come with separate riving knives.

These riving knives are mounted at the back of the blade and maintain kerf opening which in turn prevents kickback.

Dust collection

Different kind of wooden materials produce different amounts of dust. You thus need to consider the dust collection ability of your hybrid table saw as well. Most modern table saw offer dust collection in the following three ways:-

  • they have a dust collector for dust and debris
  • they have a shroud around the blade to capture corral dust
  • they are designed to deposit dust at the corners of the machine

Aligning the blade at the table top

In this area, some table saws inherit some features from contractor saws, and some from cabinet saws.

The ones that inherit contractor saw, mounts directly to the underside of the table saw and require loosening of 4 to 6 bolts, which is not an easy task.

Others inherit from cabinet saws, they allow easy alignment of miter slots to the blade, and thus are easier to use.

How To Prevent End Grain Burns

A problem I usually face during routing the edges of a piece that is either round or curvy is the burning of the end grain. You will notice that things stay fine till you rout around the sides of a panel but when you start routing on the end grain, it looks like your project will turn into ashes.

The interaction between a router and wood fiber generated heat, this heat increases so much that a fire takes place. The main reason behind this is overheating.

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There are many things that you can do to reduce this overheating, some of the tips are stated below. I hope you find this article helpful.  Happy Woodworking.

Always work with a clean cutting edge, clean cutting edge doesn’t have gum on it, which increases the chances of overheating.

Apart from the edge, you must also stay sure with the cutter, the cutter must be sharp. Worn out cutters fails to cut the timber properly and leave wood fiber mangled.

Always work faster; while working with a sharp cutter, you must feed the work piece faster to the cutter.

It is believed that slow feeding can help in getting sharper cuts but you must understand the difference between a cut that is clean and one that looks clean.

When you slowly feed a piece to the cutter, it makes more cuts that it should and this create a lot of heat that is generated due to the rubbing of blades on the work piece. SO it is better to feed the work piece faster to the cutter.

If you are not comfortable with fast feeding, what you can do is slow down the cutter. This way the cutter will move normally and less heat will be generated therefore less chances of burning.

How To Choose the Right Wood For Your Next Project

In the world of woodworking, there exists another world, a world of woods. There are a huge variety of woods to choose from. Different woods have different qualities; some are strong while some have elegant textures.

Every wood has its own merits and demerits but you must always buy the wood that fulfills your requirement.

Types of Woods

In woodworking different projects have different requirement; some projects need softwood that can be carved easily, while some required strong hardwood for a good holding strength. 

This article will teach you tips that you can use while buying wood that is most favorable for your project.

Always have a clear image of your design. You must be sure about your plan and idea. It becomes really hard to make corrections after purchasing wood for the project. If you are planning to make out door furniture then hardwood like mahogany and teak are the best.

Teak has its own oil, which keeps it secure from changing weather conditions whereas mahogany makes really good on outdoor furniture.

Wood is basically categorized into two main heads; Hardwood and Softwood. Hardwood is good for projects that ask for durability whereas softwood is mainly used for making ornamental or decoration pieces.

Here is a list of popular woods that have been ranked from low durability to high durability: Alder, Birch, Ash, Polar Spruce, Teak, Oak Spanish Cedar, Iroko, and Chestnut.

Hardwood is obtained form deciduous trees, these trees looses their leaves with the change in season. Hardwood is best for making durable furniture as it doesn’t take dents, marks and scratches as easily as softwood.

On the other hand Softwood is obtained form coniferous trees, these trees include pine and evergreen trees. The wood obtained form these trees are much softer than hardwood and easily takes up dents, marks and scratches.

Along with their qualities, their prices also differ. The durability and strength hardwood provides makes it a lot more expensive than softwood.

The textures, aroma and quality of grain in each wood add up to their prices. For example, Oak is lot expensive than cherry because it is less in quantity, difficult to grow and has more strength than cherry.

Everything You Need To Know About MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

Woodworkers are largely using MDF nowadays; it has so many amazing features that nobody can resist it. Today I will share with you everything I know about MDF. From what it is to where to buy it. This little article will answer all your doubts.

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) belongs to the family of particleboard but still it is very different, unlike the particle boards that are made from a mixture of wood chunks and shavings, held together with resin, MDF is a lot more refine and present’s a stronger panel before us.

Medium Density Fiberboard

MDF is made by Breaking down wood into a fibrous material, which gives us a number of advantages like there are no grains present that means the MSF doesn’t get affected by the change in humidity therefore it is very stable.

MDF is made up of fine materials, because of which it has a smooth, flat, uniform surface that makes it a perfect base for wood veneer and plastic laminate. 

If you are using carbide cutters then you can use MDF like any wood product you want but make sure that you don’t run MDF through a thickness planer or over an edge jointer.

MDF is not finished like other wood; it is either painted or laminated with plastic.

Unlike other plywood, MDF takes paint very nicely and doesn’t show the surface texture.  MDF looks great with a coat of primer and a couple coats of paint. 

MDF is a lot expensive than particleboard whereas it costs about half as much as a sheet of cabinet grade plywood. MDF is also bigger in size (49″ x 97″) but the extra part is for the trimming purpose. The only demerit with MDF is that it is hard to find.

Only big and famous lumberyard sells MDF. Below are a few numbers of the dealers that sell MDF, NPA (301) 670-0604, Georgia Pacific (800) 284-5347, Medite Corp. (541) 773-2522.

If you are living in New Zealand or Australia then I don’t think you will face any problem in finding MDF.

I hope you find this article helpful, Happy Woodworking.