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Had a near miss today

503 days ago by Tootles | 12 comments »

I’ve heard about it, I’ve read about it, I know it can happen, but today is the first time that it has actually happened to me. Today I needed to rip a piece of Radiata (i.e. Monterey) Pine on the table saw. The piece was 400 mm long x 140 mm wide x 19 mm thick (16” x 5 1/2” by 3/4”). I did all the right things – I used a featherboard and a push stick, I stood off to the side and I checked that there was nobody behind me (school workshop). Then I pushed the piece of wood into the blade. It went in for about 6” and then just stopped. I kept pressure on the wood but realised quickly that it wasn’t going to move any further so I just hi...

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