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Cut plastic, veneer or laminates with a table saw
Posted: 02/12/04

Here’s a suggestion for cutting plastic, veneer or laminates with your table saw: use a blade featuring a triple chip grind (TCG) tooth design, and opt for a blade with a higher tooth count. The TCG tooth design and higher tooth count reduces cracking on the workpiece. Visit the Knowledge Center to see Circular Saw Blade Terminology, including descriptions of various tooth configurations.

Submitted by: Wade
Occupation: Product Development & Modelmaker, Vermont American
City, State: Mount Prospect, IL
Years of experience: 17


Remove pitch buildup on circular saw blades
Posted: 02/12/04

After extended use in gummy or sticky wood, a circular saw blade can become coated with wood pitch. Pitch buildup causes the blade to drag, which can burn some hard woods. To clean the bit, fill a shallow metal pan with just enough pitch solvent or de-natured alcohol to cover the blade. You MUST place a cover on the container, as solvents are flammable. Soak overnight. Use a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, to get rid of any remaining residue, then wipe clean with a rag.

Submitted by: Wade
Occupation: Product Development & Modelmaker, Vermont American
City, State: Mount Prospect, IL
Years of experience: 17


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