Quality cuts depend on how you choose the right saw blade and today, we’re going to discuss on how to choose the right saw blade. There are three factors you should consider in order for your woodworking project to be successful.

Knowing the Different Types of Saw Blade

There are four primary types of saw blade; Rip blades, crosscut blades, combination blades and specialty blades. A rip blade is designed to cut the grain of the stock. It is designed to have limited number of very deep teeth to help clear away the material that is cut. The rip blade is known to cut the grain quickly but won’t able to leave the cleanest finish.

Another type would be the crosscut blade. It cuts with kerf using chisels or carbides that alternate between cutting wide left and wide right every other tooth. Crosscut blades can produce a fine finish on almost material when cross cutting.

The third type would be combination blade which has the characteristics of both rip and crosscut blades. Combination blades typically come in a variety of tooth counts ranging from 24 to 80 tooth. Always remember, if the blade has higher tooth count the finer and cleaner finish. On the other hand, lower blade tooth count is more aggressive in cutting but rougher finishes.

The fourth type of blade is called the specialty blade which is used for cutting other materials. For example, diamond-tipped blades are used to cut masonry or hardened blades are used to cut steel and aluminum. There’s also a specialty blade used for woodworking which is called the Dado Blade. There are two types of dado blade namely “Wobble Dado Blades” and the Stacked Dado set. Dado blades are only used on table saws or radial arm saws and not recommended to use in circular saws.

Wobble Dado blades are adjusted to a particular angle to create a dado. Wobble blades can create a considerable amount of vibration which can be a bit of unsettling when in use. The stacked dado set is more preferred but can be a little bit expensive compared to the first one. Stacked dado set consist of full crosscut blades on each side of the arbor with smaller chippers in the middle. Chippers are typically either 1/8”-inch to 1/16-inch in thickness. The width of the dado is dependent on the number of chippers present on the arbor between the two blades. A stacked dado blade is able to cut dadoes between 1/4” to 13/16”.