TIW Ep 42. - Safety Day - Table Saw Setup

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 05-01-2013 01:44 AM 1486 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SAFETY DAY – Tuning up the table saw that caused my kickback accident. figuring out what went wrong.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 02:43 AM

Shawn, here’s a couple of things I did differently with my old contractor saw that used a splitter and guard assembly instead of riving knife.

First, the guard and splitter were junk, so they got removed quickly. I didn’t use a splitter for a while and this was when I had the two kickbacks I mentioned in the other vid. I did some research and learned a shop made splitter is quick and easy to make, and does the job well. I had one made of steel (aluminum works well too) that was just below the blade when set up for 3/4” cuts, and the other was a simple piece of maple cut to the thickness of the kerf and glued into the blade kerf in a wood zci. This worked best. So if the stock guard/splitter doesn’t work out for you, those are a couple of options. Also, about the guard, I have mine removed and will keep it off. I’d rather be able to see where the blade is in relation to my fingers than rely on a piece of plastic to keep my fingers away.

Second, I would never use a push stick like the one in the rockler kit. They’re very dangerous IMHO, because they apply no downward pressure, so you have little control.

Stay safe out there.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 01:08 AM

My guard/splitter has been off the saw for well over a decade. I really tried to be good about using it the first 6 months but after removing/replacing umpteen dozen times it just stayed off. Then I made some splitters but it was the same deal, on/off/on/off, until it just stayed off.

Tablesaw accidents are 100% user error and nothing scares me more than realizing I let my attention wander for a moment while the saw is running.

-- Rick M,

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