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...