Sharpening has three objectives:
- Making the blades last longer.
- Maintaining the quality of the blade’s cut and improving the motor’s performance.
- If you utilize a dull blade to cut something delicate like wood, it might cause burns.
Table saw blades are rarely sharpened these days, and most saw blades may be easily replaced. Sharpening used to be just as challenging as sawing when changing saw blades was difficult. Still, today, knowing how to sharpen your table saw edges might be beneficial, for instance, to save money.
How Can You Identify Dull Table Saw Blades?
When you have to use more energy than normal to cut through items, it’s time to sharpen your blade.
You need to sharpen it as soon as it begins to exhibit symptoms of dullness. Failure to do so in a timely manner can result in irreversible damage to your blade, necessitating its replacement.
The following are some common signs that it is time to sharpen your table saw blade:
- There is resistance when you cut through items.
- When the blade makes contact with the material’s surface, it makes a loud and harsh noise.
- The cut object’s edges are not smooth. On closer inspection, they might have chips or splinters that are evident.
- The motor’s load is increasing.
How to Sharpen Your Table Saw Blade
Below is a step-by-step guide to help you sharpen your table saw blades as quickly as possible.
What Do You Need?
A diamond saw blade, which you can mount on the table saw, is required. You need to use this blade to sharpen your table saw blade.
Before you attempt anything else, make sure that the table saw is turned off and unplugged.
The next step is to obtain safety equipment
- in order to avoid damage or injury:
- You prevent tiny particles from entering your eye area by wearing safety goggles.
- Gloves protect you from bruises and cuts.
- To reduce noise throughout the sharpening process, use safety earmuffs or earplugs.
- To avoid inhaling small metal fragments, wear a dust mask respirator.
Now that we have gone through the general factors to keep in mind let’s get to the actual method. The six steps involved in the sharpening process are:
- Remove the blade
- Secure your diamond blade
- Align the blade’s teeth
- File the teeth
- Remove the diamond blade
- Install the table saw blade
Remove the Blade
The biggest error you can make is attempting to sharpen your blade while it is still in the table saw. There is no way to protect or restrict the blade’s movement if it is within the saw. Regardless of the fact that the edge is dull, it may still cause significant damage and injury.
Search for the blade release switch to remove the blade from your saw. If the table saw doesn’t have one, you have to use a wrench to unscrew the arbor nut and release it.
Secure Your Diamond Blade
You have to replace the blade with the diamond blade you would use to sharpen it now that you’ve shifted it.
Utilize the blade switch to install and lock the diamond blade in position if one is available. Alternatively, secure the diamond blade in position with the nut. If you’re going to use the nut, be sure it is not too loose or too tight. A tight nut may bend the blade, while a loose nut can’t keep it stable.
Align the Blade’s Teeth
We recommend marking the tooth you begin working on to ensure you have sharpened each tooth of the blade. Any type of tape or marker would suffice.
You can sharpen the blade in one stroke if all of the teeth are facing the same direction. If they point in different directions, however, you must make one stroke in every direction.
File the Teeth
Make sure your blade’s inner edge is in touch with the diamond blade when filing it, as this is the section with carbide stacking that causes the edges to be dull.
After that, move to the next tooth and continue the cycle until you’ve completed all of them.
Remove the Diamond Blade
Remove the diamond blade from the saw once all of the teeth have been sharpened and the edges have been cleaned.
Ensure your blade is clean before putting it away after it has been removed from the saw because this cleans the object of minute metal shavings and carbide dust, preventing it from tarnishing or rusting.
Install the Table Saw Blade
Now that your saw blade has been replaced, check to see if it is sharpened appropriately. Plug the saw in and switch it on after you’ve installed the blade.
Try to cut through any substance. It should be able to cut straight through anything without much resistance or effort. Furthermore, the cut’s edges must be smooth and consistent, indicating that the blade was appropriately honed.
The Bottom Line
Table saw blades come in various shapes and sizes, and they’re readily available on the market. You can tell them apart by their shape and the intensity of the grind. However, no matter which blade you buy, if it is not maintained and looked after, its lifespan gets shortened and may need to be replaced often.
Ensure the blade is adequately sharpened and maintained. Keep an eye on your blades’ edges to ensure that there are no signs of carbide or rust layers inside the edges and cracks. These minor details may appear unimportant; however, they have a substantial impact on the blade’s quality and usage.