Well, for the first time in my life (and my dad started teaching me woodworking in the 50’s)
I had an “encounter” with my table saw blade. I was ripping a small piece of wood, and decided to reach to the other side of the blade to pull it the rest of the way through, and caught the end of my thumb as I reached over the blade. The good news (at least for me) is that, while it looked really bad initially, it was mostly superficial, and all my thumb is still there.
It did, however, cause me to think about the fact that I long ago removed the blade safety guard because it got in the way. I’m pretty sure nobody else has done that, but in the very remote case that anyone has…
Anyway, it was a thump upside the head insofar as it brought me back to one of my old standby phrases relating to tool use, which is, NEVER LOSE FOCUS. Had I been focusing, this wouldn’t have happened, even without the guard.
Well, that’s my story for today. Here’s a big “thumbs up” to all you guys who still use the blade guards. -Shopsmithtom
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you