I was cutting a piece of 1/4” ply down to final size (size befor cutting ~24”x36” had to cut it about in half) for the armoir project I posted earlier.
Being fully aware of the potential danger of cutting thin stock when the fence is further away from the blade than the edege of the tabel top wings, I checked (with the saw blade all the way down) to see if it was goint to be an issue. After test pushing the piece through (remember no blade up or spinning) it pushed through just fine and gave no indication that it would have any difficulty following the fence.
I then raised the blade up just high enough to clear the gullets as it cut.
I then proceded to cut the 1/4” ply.
As I neared the end of the cut (1/2” – 1/4” left to cut) the 1/4” ply bowed as the leading edge dipped under the fence.
The piece that WAS NOT THE KICKBACK PIECE, got caught be the blade, broke the last 1/2” of the cut line and shot the piece back at me and hit me about 4” above my crotch.
Other than a sore (very sore) spot no injuries.
The moral of the story, at least for me is ALWAYS ASSUME THIN STOCK WILL GO UNDER THE FENCE WHENEVER THE FENCE IS OFF THE TABLE AND ATTACH A PIECE OF STOCK TO PREVENT IT!
-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards