When we talk about woodworking or woodturning, angles play a pretty important role, right? Often in making different cuts, we use various kinds of angles. Sometimes it’s pretty simple and plain to even the beginner in this field.
However, with passing time and increasing projects, you are surely going to face shapes that are complex than basic angles. So, while you are on learning angle cuts, make sure to get that part pretty well. Because it’s going to shape your ability to deal with more complex shaped cuts in near future.
How to Cut a 60 Degree Bevel on a Table Saw:
The Tricky Part Cutting Trick Using an Irregular Tool.
There are usually bevel cutting tools that are used for the purpose. A hybrid table saw is a good option for the task as well.
With a table saw, there’s a limit you need to follow for angle cutting. And so, the part of cutting a 60-degree bevel is often considered tricky.
Let me talk about this topic and you’ll soon start to realize the other type of angle cuttings easily. Just like how solving one math problem leads to understanding other similar ones from the same chapter.
So, I hope my intention is clear and if it’s, let’s go for the further knowing below.
General Idea of Bevel Cut.
It’s useless to start without knowing what actually is bevel cut. Well, when you make angled cuts, usually it is 90 degrees. However, when you need to make a cut with an angle other than 90 degrees, it’s called a bevel angle.
Maximum dimensional lumber has the square edge set up. This denotes that angle within the edge and face of board is usually 90 degrees. There could be a need for changing the angle that is other than 90 degrees. And to make that possible bevel cuts are invented.
Apart from a table saw there are other tools also that can perform the cut. You can use a jigsaw, router or even circular saw for this task. However, jigsaws usually fail to give expected accurate cuts.
Usually the need to make bevel cuts pops out for decoration purposes. These cuts can work for tasks such as interior moldings or cabinet trims. Also building picture frames can be elegant with beveled edges.
Apart from being decorator’s passion, bevel cuts are often a necessity. To complete procedures such as fit moldings, the bevel cut phase appears. It’s seen in a common method known as joinery.
The operation of French cleat also entirely depends on bevel cut. These are useful to handle huge objects on the wall.
Cutting 60 Degree Angle-How I Do It!
Using a table saw for cutting angles is not actually too daunting or tricky. You just need to understand the entire process well before attempting it. I suggest you read the steps a couple of times. Hopefully that way you won’t miss out on any important point while working.
No matter what measurement is available, there’s actually no bigger angle than 45 degrees. Table saws usually can only cut up to that portion.
This is usually the main reason why table or miter saw makes an adjustment and reach this angle as maximum. Since we need to make a cut which is greater than 45 degrees, there are necessary adjustments that should be made. We’ll learn the math of making such adjustments below.
Identifying Right Angle.
First, you need to figure out the proper degree of angle. To make that happen, simply subtract 45 from the target angle. Here we are dealing with a 60-degree bevel cut. So, we need to set an angle that is 60 minus 45 equal to 15 degrees.
Adjusting to Proper Angle.
There should be a knob or handle for making adjustments in the table saw. The next step involves using these handles to bring proper angle on table saw. Here the right angle to set is 15 degrees which we would set accurately.
Now it’s time to place the material on table saw. You should put it onto the saw vertically. Use another scrap piece of wood. Now simply put it adjacent to the main material. Make sure the position is opposite with blade.
Now it’s time to bring the blade to a higher position. By raising the blade height, you will allow wood to cut at a greater angle. Using a spinning handle or knob you can control this height. Usually, the knob is placed on front of your table saw.
Now simply turn on machine and push the material. Don’t ever apply too much force. This will bring uneven cuts and surface later. Also, make sure you are firmly holding the material with both of your hands. Using clamps will give even better results.
Dealing with Uneven Bevels.
Mistakes are not surprising and this is no different when cutting at bevel angles. Sometimes even with the most careful observation and steps, you might end up making irregular bevel cuts.
Usually, it is due to thin wood fins. This is the part that saw blade fails to reach and make a cut. You can easily resolve the problem by using a tiny trimming plane. The plane comes with a flat and level bottom. There’s also a tiny notch cut that forms a blade protrudes.
The functionalism is quite similar to sharp razors. The only difference is with a plane, you can decide on exposed blade part and control it accordingly. Usually starting with little blade works better. Gradually you can expose more parts of the blade depending on your requirement.
Here’s how to even out the angle:
- You need to place base flat against the material.
- Now following wood grain direction, run the planer.
- The blade should face forward while doing so. Use very smooth motions.
- With correct movements, you will be able to get curl shavings.
- You can use hand planners for flat surfaces as well apart from just corners. These are great at leveling high spots.
Safety Tricks to Follow:
- Wear proper rubber gloves that are cut resistant. You will be dealing with blades and saws. And these often bring accidents.
- Make sure to wear a proper goggle since wood chips can enter your eyes.
- Earplugs or earbuds are optional if your table saw makes noise.
- Be gradual with the steps and don’t apply force more than necessary.
- Don’t wear anything too loose when dealing with power tools and blades. These are bothersome and often bring unnecessary troubles by getting stuck inside blade.
So that was the process of how to cut a 60 degree bevel on a table saw. You can use the same technique to cut at any degree this way using a table saw.
I just tried to demonstrate an example case to explain better. Hopefully, my writing will be helpful enough for future projects and you’ll make a lot of bevel decoration glamming your final pieces.