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Shop Update #10: Shed update and my first kickback!

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 1165 days ago 982 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Cleats are up! Part 10 of Shop Update series Part 11: Shed base complete! »

The ground is finally drying out and I have started clearing the area for the shed. I need to keep two feet away from the property line, so I’m going to frame out a 10’ x 8’ area with pressure treated 4×4 with rebar stakes to keep everything in place. An inch or two of quarter down gravel levelled inside the frame and then a raised 8’x6’ platform of pressure treated 2×4s with pressure treated decking on top. I’ll put paving stones or something between the fence and the platform and that will give a little bit of extra outdoor storage for kids stuff.

As well, it finally happened and had a piece of 1×4 red oak fly across the garage and end up in the recycling bin a dozen feet behind me. It was a good wakeup call, but fortunately I was standing well off to the side and out of the line of fire and there was no problem beyond some damage to my recycling bin.

I was making a rip cut with the blade tilted to 45 degrees to make more french cleats. On my saw the guard is impossible to work with at 45 degrees, so the guard was off and there is no riving knife on my saw either. As such I was using a Grrripper to control the cut. The kickback occurred when I took the Grrripper off the workpiece to reposition it further back. It was a 30” board so I couldn’t do the whole cut without moving the Grrripper at some point. All it took was the piece brushing the blade and BOOM off it went.

I’ve already decided to buy a saw with a riving knife and a second Grrripper in the next six weeks. I will admit that the thing that bothered me the most is it never felt like I was doing anything unsafe and yet if I was standing a foot to the right, who knows what the result would have been.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...



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RKW

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#1 posted 1164 days ago

scarry!! I have a steel city t.s. and really like the riving knife. The guard has the built in kick back chingalettas but i have never once made a cut with the guard in place. I feel like the riving knife is all i need to make cuts safely. Have you decided what you are going to buy?

good luck

-- RKWoods

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TheKingInYellow

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#2 posted 1164 days ago

I’m seriously considering driving down to Fargo and picking up a Ridgid 4512. For some reason HD Canada doesn’t carry them and with our dollar being so strong in the US it’s a stupidly good deal. Grizzly is tempting too.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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kenn

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#3 posted 1164 days ago

gald you survived the kickback. It was smart positioning on your part that it whizz right by you. The best thing is to take a look at what happened and figure out how to prevent it from happening again, learn from the mishap. Good luck.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 1164 days ago

I suspect that it was just a combination of a ton of vibration and not having secondary device in-hand to control the workpiece when I moved the Grrripper. My saw shakes like a 1940 Buick, but I guess that’s what you can expect from a direct-drive jobsite saw.

I just found out that Home Depot is carrying the 4512 in Canada now too, so that makes this a little more intriguing. I’d rather have a proper cabinet/hybrid saw, but you get a lot of saw out of the Ridgid for a good price.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 1144 days ago

Have you looked at General saws at all?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 1143 days ago

Yup, I’ve considered the 50-200, as well as the new Delta contractor and a few other options…

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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