Table Saw Lesson Plan

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					                                   Table Saw Lesson Plan
The students will be introduced to the safety and correct handling and operation of a table
saw. Table saws are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a wood shop. The
versatility comes from the fact that the table saw is able to perform a variety of different cuts.
Some examples are ripping, crosscutting, mitering, cutting tenons, etc.

Goals and objectives:
The overall goal is to acquaint the students with the table saw, and to demonstrate safe work
habits when using tools, equipment, and technical processes. The students will be observing and
participating in the demonstration process. For the practice session on safety, the students will
work in groups of four (teacher will predetermine groups) at a table saw. Each group will be
responsible for working through the “Safety Checklist” and a component identifier (handouts) to
ensure proper understanding of the machine.

The students will demonstrate the ability to...
a. Identify two main reasons why safety is a necessary aspect of the wood shop
(injury prevention and proper handling/care of equipment)

b. Handle and properly care for the tool and appreciate the table saw as a versatile piece of

c. Properly turn on/off machine, adjust the blade positions, and perform 2 different cuts.

Lesson strategy:
“Today is the first day of our orientation to wood shop equipment and I am going to introduce
you to the table saw”.

1. The students will be encouraged by the teacher to ask questions, and tell of their own

2. The students will also be prompted by the teacher to answer questions cooperatively (raising
hands to take turns speaking, piggybacking on other’s ideas, etc.).

Instructional materials:
1. Classroom computer, projector
2. Power point presentation on “The Table Saw”
 - created by Gord McCarthy (Instructor)
3. Handouts:
 # 1 (Safe Use of a Table Saw)
 # 2 General Safety Rules)
 # 3 (Identifying Table Saw Components)

Tools and Materials: Table saw, wood stock, measuring tape, pencil

                                                                                   Gord McCarthy
      Step One: Time allotted- 5 minutes
            Safety Presentation (Power point presentation)
            - handout #1 on Table Saw Safety Rules
            - ending with class question and answering period

       Step Two: Time allotted - 5 minutes
       General Shop Safety Rules
              - students will read, discuss, and sign handout #2 on shop safety agreement

       Step Three: Time allotted - 30 minutes
       Table Saw Components
              - introduction to parts of a table saw (class discussions, questions,
                 reactions, demonstrations, etc.)
       Step Four: Time allotted - 30 minutes
       Group Practice Time
              - students will move into predetermined groups of four around a table saw
              - using handout #2 and # 3 (Component Identification) students will
         work cooperatively to identify safety concerns and components of the
                table saw
              - teacher will float from group to group facilitating
                discussions, clarifying, correcting, and answering questions

       Step Five: Time allotted: 15 minutes
       Teacher Demonstrations on operation of table saw
              a. Demonstrate the controls
                 - on/off
                 - blade up/down
                 - blade tilt/ bevel

              b. The fence
                 -how to adjust and lock/ do not over tighten

              c. Demonstrate the ripping technique
                 - keep material tight to the fence and down to the table
                 - keep the fence free of chips or sawdust
                 - stand slightly to the left of the work NOT in line with the blade
                 - do NOT lean into the work too much
                 - use left hand to control wood to the fence and the right hand to feed
                   the wood past the blade; use a push stick if the stock is less than 15cm wide
                 - do NOT let the left hand “crawl”/ use steady pressure and keep the hand
                    just before the point that the wood enters the blade.
              d. Push stick use
                 - ensure stock is fully pushed through before disengaging the push stick
                 - apply pressure to push stick to keep it from sliding off the stock

                                                                                  Gord McCarthy
               e. Demonstrate a long rip
                  -You should be able to handle wood your own height
                  -when using two people, one is the operator, the other is a human sawhorse
                  - always bounce a long board after the rip to check for weakness in the wood.

               f. Demonstrate a crosscut
                  - move fence out of the way
                  - ensure mitre slides easy (doesn’t stick)
                  - mitre is perpendicular to the blade
                  - stand slightly to the left of the work NOT in line with the blade
                  - do NOT lean into the work too much
                  - use left hand to control wood to the fence and the right hand to feed the mitre
                    and wood past the blade

Student Activity:
Have each person do a rip of 8 inches and a crosscut of 18 inches to see if they can read a tape

1. Math
2. Art and Technology (Design)

                                                                                   Gord McCarthy

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