Best Table Saw Blades And Accessories Guide

Buying the Best Table Saw Blades and Accessories

By Joshua Farnsworth

Now that I’ve thoroughly discussed how to choose the best table saw for you, I’ll move onto helping you to choose the best table saw blades and other table saw accessories for your table saw. So what accessories do you need for using your table saw? In this article I’ll recommend the following:

  • Table saw blades
  • A dado blade stack
  • A zero clearance table saw insert
  • A table saw push stick / table saw push block
  • A table saw miter gauge / Table saw crosscut sled
  • A table saw featherboard
  • A table saw outfeed table

Below I’ll talk about each of these table saw accessories. Some are required and some are optional:

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The Best Table Saw Blades

Close Up Photo Of Best Table Saw Blade Teeth On A Sawstop Table Saw

In this section I’ll help you choose the best table saw blades for the woodworking that you want to do. Table saw blades come in a few different variations, which are similar to hand saws:

  • Rip Table Saw Blades: Rip table saw blades have teeth that are best suited for cutting with the grain, to rip a board to a desired width.
  • Crosscut Table Saw Blades: Crosscut table saw blades have teeth that are oriented in a way to make clean cuts across the grain.
  • Combination Table Saw Blades: Combination table saw blades make a compromise between ripping and crosscutting.

I typically keep standard combination blades on my table saw because, though it isn’t quite as good as using a dedicated rip or crosscut blade, it makes pretty clean cuts while allowing me to not have to change out the blade every time I switch between ripping and crosscutting. Plus, I always use hand tools to clean up my boards after they have been milled up on the woodworking machines, so a little less perfect cut is a non-issue for me. By “standard combination blades” I mean: a 10 inch table saw blade with 40 to 50 teeth, which cuts around a 1/8-inch kerf.

Close Up Photo Of Best Table Saw Blade Teeth On A Sawstop Table Saw

If you buy a SawStop saw, then you can certainly just use the 10-inch combination blade that comes with it until it seems to get more dull. However, it’s not an exceptional blade (it leaves ridges and machine marks). If you don’t mind doing more cleanup with your hand tools or sandpaper, then this isn’t a huge deal. But if you’ve got a little extra money in your budget, or if you’re ready to upgrade table saw blades then here are a few blades that I consider to fit into the category of of the best table saw blade on the market:

The Best Dado Blade Set for Table Saws

Stack Of Dado Blades For Table Saw Raised Above The Zero Clearance Insert On A Sawstop Table Saw

A set (or “stack”) of dado blades is used on a table saw to cut dadoes, grooves, and rabbet joints. All three joints are essentially the same, except for where they are cut on the board:

  • Dado: Cut across the grain, to hold shelves
  • Groove: Cut with the grain, to hold tongues or cabinet backs
  • Rabbet: Cut on the end or edge of a board

With a series of blades, chippers, and shims the desired width of the dado, groove, or rabbet can be dialed in accurately with a dado blade set for table saws.

Stack Of Freud 8 Inch Dado Blades For Table Saw

When choosing a set of dado blades for table saw, the first thing to remember is that you need to buy a dado blade set that is one size smaller than your normal table saw blade. If your table saw uses a 10 inch table saw blade (the most common size), then you would purchase an 8-inch dado stack. Also look for a dado set that has a good number of shims, to allow for fine adjustment of dado size. Most dado blade sets on the market have carbide tips, so the main difference would be manufacturing quality. So rely on customer reviews to help you weed through differences in quality.

In my opinion, here are some of the best 8-inch dado blade sets on the market…click on the name to compare prices & reviews:

Sawstop Dado Cartridge Inside Retail Packaging Sitting On A Table Saw

If you will be using the dado stack on a SawStop table saw, then you will need to buy this brake cartridge (pictured above) for use with your 8-inch dado stack. Otherwise your SawStop won’t even turn on when a dado stack is added. The SawStop computer is pretty smart.

Stack Of Dado Blades For Table Saw Inside A Sawstop Table Saw With Removed Zero Clearance Insert

And when using a dado blade set, you’ll also need to buy or make a zero clearance table saw insert to dedicate to dado blade use. I’ll discuss that more below.

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The Best Zero Clearance Insert for Table Saws

Zero Clearance Insert And The Best Table Saw Blade On A Sawstop Table Saw

A lot of table saws come with an insert that leaves space between the insert and the blade. This will allow you to change the blade angle, but it also leads to splintered cuts and also to small offcuts that can drop into the saw and come flying back at you. Not fun.

Table Saw Blade In A Table Saw With A Zero Clearance Insert

A zero clearance table saw insert is used for getting cleaner cuts on the table saw. The inserts come blank, and after securing it in place on the table saw, with the table saw fence holding it down, the table saw is turned on and the blade is carefully and slowly raised until a perfectly-sized kerf is cut into the insert. Then going forward, there is no space between the table saw blade and the insert. This helps prevent tearout and splintering.

Zero Clearance Insert For Normal Table Saw Blades And Dado Blades On A Sawstop Table Saw

If you’re buying a SawStop table saw, then you’ll need this standard lock down zero clearance insert, made especially to fit a SawStop table saw. It also has a space for your riving knife (which keeps a ripped board from closing down on a spinning saw blade).

If you plan on using a dado stack with a SawStop, then you’ll need to buy this dado lock down zero clearance insert, made especially for SawStop table saws.

Wooden Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert With 45 Degrees Written On Top

I have made plywood zero clearance table saw inserts, but they are more difficult to make for a SawStop table saw due to some machine screws that are in the way. The SawStop-made inserts are manufactured to fit over the screws, but homemade inserts require some carving out on the bottom of the plywood insert to get it to fit. It’s doable, but it takes quite awhile to get it to fit properly. Making plywood inserts may be the way to go on other table saw brands. But there are a host of affordable table saw inserts that will fit many table saws:

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The Best Table Saw Push Stick & Pushblock

Joshua Farnsworth Pushing A Poplar Board Across A Sawstop Table Saw With A Wooden Push Stick Next To Him And A Yellow Feather Board

One of the most vital table saw accessories is a push stick or push block. A table saw push stick and push block for table saw keeps your hands at a distance from the table saw blade or jointer cutterhead. I always cringe when I see someone pushing wood through a machine without a table saw push stick. Even though a SawStop saw can protect your fingers, I don’t want to trigger the flesh-sensing brake. So I always use a push stick or push block when using my table saw for ripping a board. There are a lot of options for push sticks and push blocks, and I use a few different styles on my table saw.

Woodworking Push Sticks And Pushblock For Table Saw At A Woodworking Store For Table Saws And Jointers

The main table saw push stick that I use on my table saw is a homemade wooden DIY push stick (pictured below). I just cut these push sticks out of plywood or scrap 3/4-inch lumber. When I feel like I need more support on rip cuts, I’ll also use a longer plastic push stick (pictured above) to keep the board pushed against the rip fence. Plastic push sticks come with most table saws, but if you don’t have one, then you can purchase one at a very reasonable price (see below). And like me, you can also make a DIY table saw push stick out of wood.

Diy Table Saw Push Stick Pushing A Poplar Board Across A Sawstop Table Saw

Several years ago my wife bought me this GRR-RIPPER table saw pushblock (pictured below). I have found it to be hugely beneficial for ripping narrow pieces on the table saw, that I’d normally feel nervous ripping with my homemade push stick. It also works well for ripping normal sized boards.

Yellow Grr-Ripper Pushblock For Table Saw Pushing A Poplar Board Across A Sawstop Table Saw

The table saw blade rides under the pushblock, so you don’t have to worry about getting your push stick to fit between the saw blade and fence. Just make sure that you set it up properly, and that your table saw blade isn’t higher than the bottom of the block!

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Choosing the Best Table Saw Miter Gauge or Crosscut Sled

Incra Miter Gauge On A Table Saw With A Table Saw Blade In Background

Most table saws come with a standard table saw miter gauge, which allows a woodworker to make 90 degree crosscuts and angled crosscuts, as the miter gauge slides forward in the slots of the cast iron table saw table.

A Table Saw Miter Gauge On A Table Saw With A Table Saw Blade Showing

A longer piece of wood is usually screwed to the miter gauge to provide support and to provide cleaner cuts (it acts like a zero clearance insert for crosscuts). I usually use that simple method, and it works fine.

Cross Cutting With A Table Saw Miter Gauge On A Sawstop Table Saw

However, some people who make a lot more crosscuts on the table saw prefer to have an upgraded miter gauge or a shop-made crosscut sled.

Using A Table Saw Crosscut Sled On A Sawstop Table Saw

Click here for a good article on making a simple crosscut sled.

Incra Miter1000Se Miter Gauge Retail Box On A Woodworking Store Shelf

Probably the most popular manufactured miter gauges are the Incra Miter table saw miter gauge line. This type of miter gauge assists with making accurate, repeatable crosscuts on the table saw. The telescoping fence gives extra stability to ensure accurate cuts. This is definitely not a required table saw accessory. You can get along without it, and use the miter gauge that came with your table saw, or make a table saw crosscut sled. An Incra miter gauge is just one of those “nice to have” woodworking tools.

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The Best Table Saw Featherboard

Yellow Magswitch Magnetic Table Saw Feather Board On A Sawstop Table Saw

A table saw featherboard is a safety jig that attaches to a table saw, either in the miter gauge or magnetically to the table top. When ripping a narrow board it keeps the board pushed up against the fence. The little “feathers” on the table saw featherboard are flexible, so they can bend as the lumber moves through the blade, but won’t bend back, preventing the wood from kicking back. Featherboards are also very useful when cutting small pieces on a power router.

A table saw featherboard can be made in your shop or purchased commercially. I like the featherboards that use strong rare earth magnets to attach itself to the table saw top, so I don’t have to be limited to using it in the miter slots. This also makes it easier to use on a router.

I happen to think that the best featherboard is the Magswitch featherboard (pictured above). It uses strong rare earth magnets to hold to the cast iron table saw top. You can find this Matswitch table saw featherboard here:

I also own this cool double featherboard, which is very useful for cutting raised panels on the table saw, and other tall pieces (pictured below):

Rockler Double Table Saw Featherboard Holding A Raised Panel That Was Just Cut On A Sawstop Table Saw

Wooden featherboards can also be made in your workshop. They just take some time to make and to fit into your miter slots. Whichever type of featherboard you choose, just make sure that you keep it a few inches behind the table saw blade, or else it will push the work piece into the blade, causing a kickback. Another cool table saw safety accessory that looks like it would work great with a featherboard is the “Board Buddies” by Woodstock (see it here). I haven’t tried it yet, but would like to.

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The Best Table Saw Outfeed Table

Cutting Plywood On A Sawstop Table Saw Outfeed Table With A Grr-Ripper Table Saw Pushblock

An outfeed table is an extended surface that is level with your table saw top, which allows better support when cutting boards. When I moved into my new workshop a number of years ago, I got rid of my old large outfeed table, because it competed for space with my ten workbenches in my woodworking school.

Diy Outfeed Table For A Table Saw

When classes take place, I have to push all my woodworking machines to the back of the workshop, so there wasn’t enough space for an actual outfeed table. I had intentions to build a folding outfeed table, but I my roller stands did a good enough job. They weren’t ideal, but the inconvenience wasn’t strong enough to push me to take the time to build another outfeed table.

Sawstop Table Saw With Roller Stand

Then SawStop (my favorite table saw maker) came out with a strong folding metal outfeed table for my SawStop saw.

Joshua Farnsworth Using A Sawstop Table Saw With Outfeed Table And Diy Table Saw Push Stick

The SawStop folding outfeed table is strong enough to support pretty much any size board I want to rip on my table saw, and then it conveniently folds out of the way:

Folding A Sawstop Table Saw Outfeed Table Down By Joshua Farnsworth

The SawStop table saw outfeed table also supports a crosscut sled perfectly, so my crosscuts are easier now too:

Using A Table Saw Sled On A Sawstop Table Saw

Here’s a video that I made about this table saw outfeed table:

If you have a SawStop table saw, then you can buy the folding outfeed table at these stores:

If you don’t have a SawStop saw, here are some other resources for other outfeed tables:

Conclusion

I hope this article on choosing the best table saw and the best table saw blades and accessories has been helpful! As you can see, choosing the best table saw and best table saw blades and accessories depends not only on the quality of each tool, but also on your needs as a woodworker. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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