How To Cut Plywood On a Table Saw? – Complete Steps

Plywood is a type of sheet material made from thin layers of veneers glued together. It comes in various thicknesses and sizes. Plywood is commonly used for building furniture and other household items.

Cutting plywood on a table saw will take some practice. The key is to start slowly. Make sure you don’t move the blade until you get comfortable with the technique.

How To Cut Plywood On a Table Saw

Cutting plywood is easier than you think, but it does require some practice and patience. The key to cutting plywood is to use the correct tool for the job. A circular saw will work well for most of your projects, but if you need to make a precise cut or cut through a lot of material quickly, then you might want to consider using a table saw.

The table saw is one of the best tools in the shop. It’s fast, accurate, versatile, and can be used for so many different types of woodworking. But before you buy a new table saw, you should know how to use it safely and effectively. we show you all the steps involved in making a perfect rip cut in any direction across any board thickness. We also cover other important aspects like how to adjust the fence and kickback safety mechanism. This is an extremely useful project that will save you time and effort when building furniture.

Safety first:

When you are using a table saw, always wear protective eye gear. Not only will this help keep your eyes safe from flying debris, but it will also help you maintain focus while you are sawing.

Steps For How To Cut Plywood On a Table Saw

  1. Choose the appropriate blade.

    Table saw blades come in several sizes and shapes. There are two common styles of blades – carbide-tipped and diamond-tipped. Carbide-tipped blades tend to last longer, but they are more expensive. If you plan to do a lot of cutting with your table saw, then it may be worth investing in a good quality set of blades. Diamond-tipped blades are less expensive, but they don’t hold up as long. You can expect to replace your blades every few months, depending on how much you use them.
    You can use either a standard rip blade or a dado blade. If you are familiar with using a router, then you can use a dado blade instead of a regular rip blade. For this project, we recommend using a dado blade. Once you have chosen the type of blade that you will be using, clamp your piece of stock down firmly onto the table of your table saw. Then set the depth of cut to about 3/4-inch.

  2. Set up your miter gauge.

    Next, set up the miter gauge according to manufacturer instructions. Start at zero and position the blade against the fence. Now, turn the handle clockwise until the blade stops engaging the fence. You now have 90 degrees between the fence and the blade.

  3. Make the first pass

    Next, place your fingers lightly along the edge of the blade. Turn the handle counterclockwise until you feel the blade start to move. Continue turning the handle until the blade starts moving again. When the blade stops moving, remove your fingers from the blade. Repeat this process until you reach the desired width.

  4. Adjust the fence

    Now, raise the fence as high as possible. Place your thumb under the fence and push it towards the backside of the blade. With your index finger, pull the fence forward. As soon as you see the blade stops moving, release your grip on the fence. Keep pushing the fence away from the blade until you hear the blade start to move again.

  5. Rip the next board

    Repeat Steps 3–5 until you have finished ripping all the boards.

  6. Trim the end pieces.

    Once all the boards are ripped, trim off the excess wood with a jigsaw or handsaw.

  7. Attach the top rails

    Attach the top rails to the front face of each board using glue and finish nails

  8. Attach the bottom rails.

    Now attach the bottom rails to the back faces of each board using glue.

  9. Sand the edges

    Sand the ends of the boards smoothly with sandpaper.

  10. Provide supports for the entire plywood sheet.

    Use a block and braces to support the plywood while you work on cutting out the shapes.

  11. Cut the profiles

    Cut out the profiles by following the template provided in the picture above. Don’t forget to leave enough space around the profile to allow for the expansion gap.

  12. Apply the veneer

    Apply the veneer to the exposed side of the plywood.

  13. Smooth the surface

    Smooth the surface of the plywood using a belt sander and fine-grit sanding paper.

  14. Seal the edges

    Apply several coats of clear sealant to the edges of the plywood. Let dry completely before sanding smooth.


  1. How do I keep my fingers safe when using a table saw?

    Always wear safety goggles when working with a table saw. Never try to adjust the blade yourself. Also, make sure that there is no loose material underneath the board being cut. This could cause serious injury if the board falls.

  2. What size should my rip blade be?

    The size of your rip blade depends on what kind of cuts you want to make. A 1/4 inch wide rip blade is usually used for general purpose cuts. However, if you plan on making very precise cuts, such as creating a dovetail joint, then you may need to use a wider blade.

  3. Do I really need a router?

    Yes, routers can help you produce more accurate cuts than a table saw. But, they also cost more money. If you don’t mind spending the extra cash, then go ahead and buy one. Otherwise, stick with a table saw. It will save you tons of time and effort.

  4. Why does my plywood always get splintery after I cut it?

    Plywood gets splintery because it doesn’t have much grain. When you cut plywood, the grain lines up perfectly with the direction of the cut. That means that when the blade hits the edge of the plywood, the blade tends to push through the plywood rather than pulling across it. To avoid this problem, make sure that you start every cut from the center of the plywood. Then, slowly move towards the outer edges as you continue to cut.

  5. Is there anything else I can use other than a table saw?

    Sure, if you’re looking for something cheaper, there are plenty of alternatives. For example, you can use a miter box, hand saws, or even a circular saw.


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