Sunday, September 21, 2008
The table saw’s origination is based on the invention of the circular saw, which is believed to have been invented in the 1700’s or the 1800’s as lumber mills began to appear. The Table saw has since become a staple of any wood shop due to its variable uses. The table saw uses a circular saw blade as well as a motor which spins an mandrel which results in the blade spinning at high speeds to cut through wood. The table saw is used to cut wood in straight lines or at an angle. Many table saws of the 20th century have similar features including a fence to keep wood straight as well as having many safety features. Specifically the Rockwell Model 34-400 was made of cast iron. It also featured guide holes so the operator could cut the wood at a 45, 30 etc. degree angle The table saw has over time become the main feature of a wood shop and is the most common saw type in small wood shops.
Much like the library table both appear very heavy and share a relatively flat top. The library table appears heavy simply due to its box like shape with few voids similar to the table saw which has few voids beneath the tabletop. These characteristics also give the two a very similar shape and scale.
The table saw is made of cast iron and is therefore very heavy however the fire screen by W.A.S. Benson is also made of metals (copper and brass) but is designed in such a way to appear very light and therefore appears to be almost made of something completely different and yet it does little more than its designed function similar to the table saw.