Table saws work by applying pressure at the tip of the teeth with the material being cut and then removing it from the rest of the material in thin layers. A fence and mitre-guide can be added to create straight cuts.
Nowadays, they are used in all sorts of home improvement projects, construction, carpentry, and industrial purposes.
But who invented the table saw?
The first circular saw was invented in 1777 by Samuel Miller of England. He created a metal disk with teeth around its edge and discovered that at fast speeds the disk was very adept at cutting. This invention did not catch on until Englishman, Henry W. Seeley, took the idea and improved upon it by using an open stand with a circular saw blade mounted on it.
What were some of the first table saws like?
First, they were powered by water wheels (usually) but later came to be powered by steam engines. They had a much smaller blade than the ones we see today, and they were often belt-driven.
What was so different about Henry W. Seeley’s table saw invention?
Henry improved upon the design of the first circular saw by creating a table saw that was not as cumbersome to use as others before it had been. The stand for this type of table saw was somewhat stationary, and the whole apparatus could be used with a minimum of effort on the part of the user.
Table Saw safety precautions
Table saws are dangerous, but if used correctly they can be very effective tools. Saw blades spin at high speeds to make the cutting process go smoothly, but this makes them extremely dangerous! Here are some safety precautions you should take when using a table saw:
- Wear protective eyewear at all times.
- Make sure that there is a proper clearance from the blade to where you will be cutting.
- Wear appropriate clothing when using a table saw, including close-toed shoes and long pants.
- Keep your hands, feet, fingers, etc., away from the saw blade at all times.
- Make sure that there is unplugged power before touching the machine in any way.
- Never reach over the blade with any part of your body, even if the power is unplugged since it could still turn on via a hidden switch or kickback.
- Make sure that your work surface is flat and free of debris before using the saw.
- Avoid using electrical tools in wet conditions.
The first circular saw was invented in 1777 by Samuel Miller of England. Henry W. Seeley improved upon the design of the first circular saw by creating a table saw that didn’t require as much effort on the part of the user, and he is credited with this invention.