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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?

In this answer talks about rip and crosscuts and that one saw is better for ripping than one that is more suited for crosscutting. What is the difference between the 2 cuts and why would a saw-blade ...
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What is the hook angle on a saw blade?

One of the specs listed on saw blades is the hook angle. What does this mean, and when would you choose one over the other?
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

I need a 1/16" kerf for a project. All the 10" blades I can find that thin are into hundreds of dollars. Meanwhile, I see thin-kerf 7.25" Freud Diablo blades selling for under $15. These say they'...
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What should I do to maintain a saw blade?

In an answer, rob ♦ stated that: Many other factors also influence the longevity of a blade between sharpenings, such as the hardness (e.g., steel vs. carbide, or one grade of steel or carbide vs. ...
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How do I look for a table saw blade with non-angled teeth?

I'm thinking about building this box joint jig so I can make my joints with a single blade (rather than having to pull out my dado set). The problem is that I've got one of them fancy Freud blades ...
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What is the difference between a $40 dado blade set and a $240 dado blade set ... besides the price? [closed]

I see that dado blade sets start around $40 and go up to $240+ I am wanting to get one as a gift for a friend that is helping me build a small bookshelf. The $40 is much closer to the price range I'd ...
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How effective are different types of saw blades for various cuts and woods?

There are different types of saw blades (e.g., rip, cross-cut, combo - based on number of teeth, edge, hook angle, etc) of saw blades for different types of cuts (rip, cross-cut, etc). How effective ...
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Type of blade shanks for Bosch PST 50 AE

Sorry for my novice question, but I'm looking to buy some blades (for using with wood) for my dads old Bosch PST 50 AE. Would just any Bosch blades fit this old Bosch model? Or has there been (or are ...
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Should I let the jigsaw blade rest once it heats?

Context: I'm new to woodworking and starting it as a hobby. I bought several cheap tools (Deko) and I'm learning mostly through YouTube. When cutting circular cuts (in 20mm chipboard) using a Deko ...
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Avoiding saw burn in hardwood crosscuts

Blade rookie here. I have a 1.5HP table saw with a 10" blade. The blades I have been using are fairly new higher tooth finishing blades, such as the Diablo 1060X. To avoid the friction burns when ...
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Using a larger blade in a table saw (circular saw)

I am making my own table saw from a circular saw. While designing the lift cradle and box surround and my ex-circular saw which will be stripped down. So it will not have the guard. My saw while made ...
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Alternative to Bosch T 308 BOF for tight curve in 18 mm MDF

I am fairly new to woodworking and I need to cut some hearts in 18 mm MDF - please see the design at the bottom of the post, including a revision inspired by @WhatRoughBeast. The radius of the curve ...
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What is this 8-tooth 10" circular saw blade intended for?

I came across this blade recently: It is an 8-tooth 10" blade, part # CB-108VA. Although I am familiar with the general principle that fewer teeth can be used for faster, rougher cuts this blade ...
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Hitachi Miter saw slows down and stops while cutting bamboo flooring

I just bought a new Hitachi miter saw. I replaced the 24 tooth blade that came with it, with a 60 tooth blade. When I started cutting the bamboo planks the saw would stop spinning midway through ...
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Choosing a saber saw for long blades (12" and 18"). What does the maximum length specified in a saw depend on?

Some saber saws specify their maximum cutting length -thickness of the block to cut- for wood (or metal, or tubes...). Most of them are in between 150 and 230 mm (6 to 9"). I indeed want to buy a ...
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What is the right blade for my old, cheap jig (sabre?) saw?

I have an old but adequate jig/sabre saw that I don't seem to be able to find blades for. I know there are T-shank and U-shank blades and my saw seems to use the latter but the blades I've been able ...
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

I have a 10” Craftsman radial arm saw that serves most of my shop cutting needs. However, occasionally I need to cut through material that is just a bit thicker than what can fit under the blade. ...
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Table saw blade wobbles, don't think it's the arbor

So I'm never really had great cuts with this saw but never looked into why. Recently I tried to cut some 8/4 and it didn't want to move through the blade so I cleaned the blade, waxed the table and it ...
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Chop saw not square after alignment

I just got a new jointer and after aligning it I took a piece of white oak flooring and face planed then edge planed and the faces were nicely square with the edges but the ends were not. So I went ...
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Considerations for cordless circular saw blades - effects of kerf, coating and geometry on performance?

I recently acquired a low-budget ($80) 18V cordless, hand-held circular saw. The saw came with a low-budget 18-teeth ripping blade. I intend to use it mostly for cross-cutting wood planks, and ...
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is it better to use more blade or just enough blade?

Super novice question! The blade speed at the points is the same regardless. Only the angle of attack changes. What are the pros and cons? I'd like to minimize chip out most of all since I'm working ...
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Why don't we use cross cut discs for all cuts? [duplicate]

Most circular saws, at least low and mid ends, come with low/medium quality rip cut discs. They work decent when doing rip cuts but show their limits when doing cross cuts. A lot of tear out on some ...
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