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Blog entry by Rustic posted 09-21-2008 03:24 AM 1047 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, today I was working on my wife’s pen & pencil holder. All was going fine until I tried to cross cut a small piece, about 2 inches. I had marked the piece and began cross cutting when I heard the tell tale ping of a kick back. Then I felt the piece hit my hand and chest. I shut the saw off and left the shop holding my chest. Well, my wife freaked out and asked what happened. So I told her, she asked me if I was ok and I said yes. Just a couple of scratches and 2 huge bruises.

All this probably happened because in a few forums this past week I had been talking about kick back. Murphy’s Law is now in effect.

I am now putting the finish on her holder will post picks tomorrow when the finish is dry.

Moral of the story: pay attention and listen to Murphy. Murphy is good and Murphy is wise.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 09-21-2008 03:30 AM

Seeing how you are alright and you were working on the wife’s project- now would be an excellent time to suggest a new riving knife for you saw- for safety’s sake. After all, she did ask you to make the project. Maybe you could throw in a couple of extra “treats”- to help ease the pain. ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-21-2008 04:20 AM

Glad you are alright! It seems that every time I injured myself, I always had that little voice in my head saying: “Don’t do that!” It took me a few bruises to learn the lesson, but now I listen to that voice when ever I hear it.

Now go parlay the kick back into an improvement in the shop.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 09-21-2008 05:06 AM

I am glad everything turned out alright also. Kickback can be a nasty beast. Keep your wits about you in the shop.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 09-21-2008 06:15 AM

I had taken the blade gaurd off to perform a dado cut awhile back and forgot to put it back on. Guess what I am doing tomorrow.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 09-21-2008 02:52 PM

SAFETY FIRST!!! Glad you are OK. We’ve all been there.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 09-21-2008 04:17 PM

Picks of the pencil box or the bruises?
Or both?


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 09-21-2008 05:21 PM

If you were crosscutting the piece how did you have a kick back? the sled or miter guage has a fence that pushes the piece through while you hold it. The fall off shouldn’t kick back at all. So, the only way I see this happening is if you were using the fence as a stop and the piece got caught between your blade and the fence. That’s a no no and would happen no matter what safety gear you have installed on your saw. Set stops on the guage itself or use a sacrificial fence that stops short of the blade. Never stand between the blade and the fence. Always stand to the side. This way the kick back misses you. Also, use push sticks on smaller stock. The piece you were trying to cut was probably to small to be cross cut between the fence and the blade, and should have been cut off from a longer piece, or on a different style of saw, like a miter saw.
I’m sorry this happened, but if I had to guess it wouldn’t matter what you had installed on your saw, it was the way you did it in the first place. I’ll add my self to the been there and done that list.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 09-21-2008 08:59 PM

I know I will admit I had none of the safety features in place ( a dumb move on my part). And yes I was using the fence as a stop. It won’t happen again.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 09-23-2008 03:14 PM

I forgot to mention that this pen and pencil holder is not a box but a set up that sits on the desk for easy access.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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