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My new amateur shop is in my attic. Tonight it is 14 degrees farenheit up there. My table saw seems to have more trouble ripping a piece of oak. Is it a bad idea to try and cut wood at this temperature? Is it because of the function of the saw or the characteristic of the wood?

Of course it is a bad idea to cut wood at 14 deg! Tools are not made to run a low temps. Most lubricants in sealed units tend to degrade at 40 degrees. Hand tools are a bit tougher, because they are made for outdoor use. But not 14. Wood also contains moisture--which freezes at 32 degrees. So its a function of both. You are making the saw work harder with less internal protection. Besides, don't you find it difficult to concentrate on woodworking at 14 degrees?

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