So I am building a box frame using box-joints.
I have my Incra 1000SE miter gauge setup with the stop block to cut the side pieces to length, and I’m all done with that.
Time to cut the box joints.
So I swap the blade on the table saw with my new (only used once before) Dado blade, I attach my homemade high fence for making box joints onto the Incra 1000 fence, and I’m ready to start cutting.
If you’ve followed the details up to this point – you might have noticed a problem… I didn’t.
I am always very wary as to where my hands are, and where my fingers are when working with the table saw, and it’s a good thing – the one thing I wasn’t aware of, and didn’t even think about was the fact that my miter gauge fence is setup for minimal distance from my 1/8” saw blade, but I now have a full width dado blade in the arbor…
as I cut through the side of the box and through the auxiliary high fence I feel unusual hot pieces hitting my arm… first thought that came through my head was that there is some burn-in in the wood, and it’s heating the sawdust up… second thought that came through my mind was – “um… holy crap, I just dadoed my miter fence…
good thing this was only a light aluminum fence and not some cast iron that my blade went through or the outcome might have been more significant. as it turns out – I no longer have an Incra 1000SE, but instead am missing some of the metal, and am left with an Incra 998SE – still functional, just slightly cosmetically annoying.
here you can see the first cut the dado made through the 1/4”bolt and into the aluminum fence, and next to it the “should have been” cut after I repositioned the fence to be further from the blade
And here is the patient: :(
This is my miter gauge, there are many like it, but this one is mine…(If you know the movie, you’d understand…lol)
Cheers, and Keep your fingers where you can see them – but also pay attention to everything else that’s going on.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.