I had my first kickback episode and do not know what I did wrong…
I was ripping a small piece of of red oak to a width of 3”. The piece I was ripping was a scrap from a previous project and was not rectangular in shape. Here is a picture of the piece after I cut the excess off:
In the picture you can see the push stick that I was using and the setup of the saw. Here is another picture at a lower angle:
Here is what happened: I pushed the piece forward and the waste was cut off the left side of the piece. The waste was slowly moving towards me as it does sometimes, and the waste wedged itself between the feather board and the blade and just shot past me into some moving blankets.
This last picture shows where things were when it happened. Obviously, the saw is not running in this picture:
I try to be as careful as I can and use the safety devices when they are available. The only thing that I can see that I could have done differently, would be to move the feather board back from the blade some to expand the area between where the waste was and the feather board would be. Unfortunately, the piece was small enough to where that may have not provided enough support by the blade.
What could I have done differtently?
-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!