Safety Pays Off

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Blog entry by DaddyZ posted 02-08-2010 10:17 PM 4035 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lucky Me. I always try to use a Push Stick when cutting small jobs. This Weekend I was cutting 3/16” Strips from a 16” 2×4. when I got closer to the end the blade grabbed the pushstick & threw it backwards. Actually my whole arm went backwards, pushstick into the palm of my hand, Pushstick blew into 2 seperate pieces.

I thought for a minute or two that it might have broke my hand, but lucky me no damage as far asa I can tell except a little sore now almost 24hrs later.

Safety always pays, even if it does hurt, Now I have to make me another Pushstick!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 10:36 PM

lucky you
you missed it
better luck next time :-)
stay safe and tuned


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#2 posted 02-08-2010 10:52 PM

Glad you escaped without major damage. even using a push stick can be dangerous.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 11:05 PM

For thin strips may want to try this, from Family Handyman 505

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 11:15 PM

Helpful post… if we truly heed the warning.
You don’t need cut flesh and blood to sustain a serious injury.
Sounds like a featherboard might have helped, or one of those gripper pads that accomodates thin cutting.
Still, a push stick seems better than nothin’.
Harbor Freight has those long orange plastic sticks on sale at 99 cents right now.

Just like many have seriously joked here on LJ of never finding a tape measure when we need it, and concluded one answer is to have one or two dozen scattered throughout the shop. Well, have enough push sticks on hand all around the TS so there’s no reason not to use them.

(Just noticed above new post. Excellent! There are a number of elegantly simple remedies in the form of sleds like this that have been published down through the years in the various woodworking magazines. We all love shop jigs and fixtures. Why don’t we all promise ourselves (and families) to build one or more shop jigs with safety directly in mind.)


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#5 posted 02-08-2010 11:31 PM

I put the Splitter back on my saw this weekend. when the pushstick got to big to go between the Splitter & the fence – BAM! My pushstick was 3/4” wide solid wood. Fence on the right of the blade – Strip off the left side of the Blade. I have never used a splitter in 30+ years & may never use one again.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 11:32 PM

Push sticks is me friend. I have come to love push sticks. My hands love them even more. Glad you do too.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 02-08-2010 11:48 PM

ahh yes

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 12:06 AM

Thanks for the jig Jei.

When I was in high school drafting the teacher was also the wood shop teacher. Oh yeah, he was also a wrestling coach and one of my football coaches. His name was DeRock and it was fitting.

Our senior year of drafting was building a scaled home with balsa wood. Being the poor school we were one one kit was purchased for four students. So DeRock measured the kit pieces and we went into the shop to cut 3/8” strips on the table saw.

My instructions were to hold the strips as they came out so they didn’t kick back at DeRock. First pass goes through and I’m holding on to this small piece of wood and Zoom! Damn thing fired back and hit him! Thank God the strips were so small and hopefully didn’t hurt. The face he gave me with his wide mustache made me want to run but I know he’d beat me to a pulp.

I held on to the rest of the strips as though my life depended on it.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 01:18 AM

I use a Grabber when I’m cutting small parts and when I’m routering small parts. It works well for me. It cost around $100.00 But you could build one . thank God you are alright

-- Wood working will help heal your body and mind !!

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 02:07 AM

That sled is pretty much what I use except I screwed a handle to the main part of the sled and use a featherboard to keep the stock on the sled – no push sticks required!
And I always use a splitter for ripping when possible.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 02:57 AM

I’m looking forward to getting my craftsman contractor saw in a few weeks fingers crossed and the crunchy goodness that is its riving knife lol

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 03:36 AM

Sorry about the wake up call. But a great jig for cutting strips.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 02-10-2010 03:34 PM

An alternative method: video #6. This looks like a pretty simple setup for ripping thin strips without needing a fence at all, thus eliminating the kickback/trapping issue. I know this is what I’m going to do if/when I need some thin strips ripped.

Another alternative is a thin rip jig, (places like Rockler sell them), which allow you to rip the strips to the left of the blade so they don’t get trapped between the fence.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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