If you are reading this article, you probably have a table saw, but are not sure if you are getting the most out of it. To help you with that, we’ll go over 18 of the most important table saw accessories. While you definitely know or even have some of them already, you are sure to find some new ones to make your work more efficient in the list as well.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Whether you want to call a table saw blade an accessory or a component, the fact that it is one of the most important things to have, if not the number one most important thing, still holds true. After all, a table saw without a good blade is essentially just a massive paperweight.
Yes, any table saw you buy is going to come with a blade included, although these may be factory models that are average or low in quality. What we are really talking about here are the extra specialty blades that you can buy.
This is important to know because not all blades are built the same, the teeth per inch or TPI rating being crucial to consider. The more teeth per inch and the finer the teeth, the finer and smoother the cut will be. Remember that there are also carbide-tipped and even diamond-tipped blades for sawing through some really tough materials.
To learn more, read my article about the different types of table saw blades out there.
#2: Miter Gauge
Most table saws, although not all of them, should come with a built-in miter gauge, but the problem is that most standard miter gauges are far below par and are not very effective. They often are not very accurate and result in imprecise cuts. Moreover, they also tend to be low-quality and easy to break.
If you want to make easy and accurate miter cuts, you will probably want to invest in an after-market miter gauge, of course, a model that is compatible with your table saw. Buying a high-quality miter gauge and fitting it onto your existing table saw will allow for easy, fast, and accurate miter cuts that can be repeated time and time again.
#3: Rip Fence
Yet another table saw accessory that you may want to invest some extra money into is a nice rip fence. Yes, just like with the miter gauge, all or most table saws will come with a rip fence built into them, but the problem is once again that they tend to be fairly low quality, not durable, and just don’t work all that well.
The rip fence is of course crucial in terms of making measurements and accurate cuts. It’s what allows you to maintain a straight line, precise distancing, and it helps hold the wood in place for safety too. This is probably the number one accessory in terms of making accurate cuts, so you do want to invest in a nice one that has precise enumeration and can easily slide on its rails.
#4: Push Stick
Although the push stick is a very basic item, it is something that every single person with a table saw absolutely needs to have. When you use a table saw, your fingers need to stay away from that dangerous blade, but this can be difficult when you are working with small pieces of wood.
After all, even though your fingers should not get close to the blade, you still need to hold the wood in place for accuracy’s sake and for safety reasons too. A simple push stick allows you to hold down and push small workpieces through the blade without putting your fingers at risk.
#5: Push Block
Push blocks do a much better job at allowing you to keep downward pressure on a piece of wood while also facilitating easy forward movement. They do so also while being much safer for your fingers than the average push stick.
They do cost a bit more than regular push sticks, but when it comes down to it, they’re also much better in every way.
#6: Safety Power Switch
Yet another big-time table saw accessory that you may want to invest in is a safety power switch. People, let’s not forget that table saws are dangerous, and quite so. It’s not uncommon for people to lose their grip on the wood and slice up their fingers. Although it’s not a pleasant thought, it happens more often than we would like to admit.
Therefore, a safety power switch that you can hit with your knee or your foot is called for. These are ideal because if your hands are either busy holding wood down that is kicking up, or your hands have been injured, you can still use your legs to turn the saw off to prevent further damage, issues, and injuries from occurring.
Another important table saw accessory that you want to consider purchasing is a featherboard, or even a series of them. These look like rounded wings with feathers on them, made of plastic. It’s hard to describe in words. At any rate, featherboards also help keep your fingers safe. They are special accessories that you insert into the slot, the miter gauge slot on the opposite side of the rip fence.
Their purpose is to maintain constant downward pressure to keep the wood stable on the table, as well as to provide lateral pressure, thus effectively pushing the wood into the rip fence for added stability, accuracy, and safety. With a good rip fence and a featherboard, you barely have to touch the wood as it passes through the blade.
A good accessory to consider purchasing for your table saw is a nice stand for the saw to rest on. Sure, you could simply put the table saw on a workbench or work table, but these are usually not as stable as dedicated table saw stands, plus not all table saws will be compatible with all benches and tables either.
What is also convenient about having a nice stand is that many can be adjusted for height, so you don’t have to bend over to use your table saw, plus many of them can be folded down, so you can take it with you and set your saw up wherever you go.
#8: Mobile Base
Something else to consider getting for your table saw, or rather build for you saw, is a mobile base. A mobile base is kind of like a stand, but with added wheels, so you can actually roll it around the floor in your shop.
It’s not really designed for portability in the sense of moving locations, but for a bit of mobility within locations, it can come in handy.
#9: Dado Blade Set
Yes, we did already cover blades in general, but a specialty type of table saw blade that we want to touch on is the dado blade. With a dado blade set, you can cut dados, grooves, and rabbets into wood.
This is a kind of blade that can cut into wood at a certain depth without cutting all the way through it. It comes in really handy for all sorts of purposes related to carpentry. If you are serious about your work, at some point you will absolutely have need a dado blade set.
#10: Table Saver Kit
One of the most important accessories for you to invest in is a table saver kit, or in other words, a high-quality cleaning and maintenance kit. These will come with various cloths, scrubbers, cleaning liquids, and special types of wax, and it’s all about table surface maintenance.
These kits are designed to help you clean your table saw surface with ease, without scratching it up, and to help provide the surface with a protective layer. Remember, a dirty, rough, and scratched-up surface will decrease overall functionality and precision, so maintaining the surface is very important.
#11: Digital Angle Gauge
The next table saw accessory you can make use of is a digital angle gauge. The reason for this is because table saw blades can usually tilt to the side. However, with many standard table saws, the accuracy can be questionable, or in other words, the blade angle does not match the indicated angle when you go to set it.
With a digital angle gauge, you can accurately measure the angle or tilt of the blade, thus resulting in more precision when making vertically angled cuts.
Another good accessory to invest in is an aftermarket splitter. A splitter is a thin sheet that sits behind the blade, something that causes the wood to split evenly and quickly, thus allowing for more precision and safety.
It ensures that the cut pieces of wood do not contact the moving blade, therefore preventing kickback and other related issues from occurring. The main point is to prevent the cut wood from pinching inward in the blade kerf.
#13: Riving Knife
The point of a riving knife is the same as a splitter, to prevent cut wood from pinching down into the blade kerf, thus preventing dangerous kickback from occurring. Although a little more expensive and difficult to mount, riving knives tend to be better at this task than splitters.
#14: Dust Collection System
Something that you should definitely consider getting for your table saw is a dust collection system. When you saw lots of wood, that sawdust gets everywhere, and that’s not a good thing. Sawdust will reduce your visibility and it will get stuck on the table surface, both of which are not safe.
Moreover, sawdust can get into the motor, air vents, and other moving components, thus clogging up your system or even causing a fire. A simple yet effective dust collection system will suck away that sawdust into a bag or container.
#15: Power Twist Belt
A power twist belt is a special kind of belt used to connect the motor to the saw blade, the power transmission if you will, the item that transfers the power generated by the motor into the energy needed to move the saw blade.
The issue with most table saws is that they come with standard belts which wear down rather quickly. A power twist belt is made with special materials linked together like a chain, and these things last much longer, plus they are more reliable too.
#16: Zero Clearance Insert
A zero clearance insert can help minimize the gap of the throat insert. This is important because it makes dust collection easier, it makes cutting safer, it helps prevent tear-out, and it helps prevent wood chunks from flying at you as you saw your wood.
#17: Jigs and Sleds
The main purpose of a table saw is to rip wood, although you can also make miter cuts with a good miter gauge. That said, the use of a basic table saw is a bit limited, that is unless you bur or build various sleds and jigs.
These are special contraptions built to modify a table saw, to allow it to make many other types of cuts, such as crosscuts, angled cuts, and they can even allow you to use a table saw to cut curves and circles. There are too many types of jigs and sleds to talk about now, but nonetheless, it’s something you do want to look into.
#18: Safety Gear
The other type of table saw accessory that you must have is all of the safety stuff, mainly some good safety goggles to protect your eyes and some good earplugs to keep you from going deaf due to years of super loud table saw use.
As you can see, there are plenty of table saw accessories for you to take advantage of. As far as we can tell, we have covered more or less every single possible accessory that you can either build or purchase, and yes, each one is useful in its own way.
If you are serious about your work, at some point or another, you will want to invest in all of these. If you are unsure how to use your saw properly, check this article.