I finally made myself a zero clearance insert for my table saw. This happened today only because I spent 4 hours in the emergency room yesterday to have my left palm stitched up. Yup, I have officially joined the ranks of the injured woodworkers; bitten by my own table saw. Like many, I removed the splitter to make dado cuts and did not replace it. Yesterday I ran some hard maple through the saw and noticed it was pinching on the back of the blade. Stupid thinks to herself, as she has many ti...
A few years ago I became interested in wood working again. It was probably after I bought a Craftsman table saw from a neighbor for $25. I already had a band saw, a drill press and a sander. But my previous foray was interrupted by a divorce, marriage and 4 moves. It was also about that time that my wife and I decided to convert a bedroom into an office. When we looked at cabinets in the local big box store sticker shock set in. The price was outrageous for a few upper kitchen cabinets m...
I’ve been woodworking for over 20 years and have never experienced kickback on the tablesaw. I’ve heard about it, seen video clips about it … but never experienced it … this was about to change. I was completing the drawers for the kitchen island and had dry fit everything together. The drawers looked good so I went ahead and glued the joints. I was in the process of clamping when I noticed one of the drawers had a slight 1/16” gap in the joint. The panel for ...
I was trimming some pieces of a “Spagnuolo” cutting board… well, its more like a trivet (8” square). I was using my father’s saw, he has nicer blade than me and I needed a glue line cut on these. I had just finished pushing the piece (8” long x 1”x 1”) through when BAM! I was hit hard, right between the eyes. I was using a push stick. I was standing off to the side. I was wearing eye protection. And the piece was too small for the guard to be on. What happened was that the glue for the las...
I have a Ridgid R4510 portable contractors saw- its the new and improved version that replaced the TS2410 and it’s a great saw. The problem is, when I bought it they did not yet have available a dado insert so I made my own out of 1/4” plywood and some leveling screws. Saturday night I was cutting dados on my table saw when my home made dado throat plate slid forward and caught on the dado blade. I was doing everything right- using a miter gauge with an extended fence, not us...
I was trimming down a cutting board blank to width, had finished the cut and was pushing the cutting board through the end of the cut when I must have pushed sideways ‘just enough’. And I had a wooden frisbee spinning across the shop. Just barely caught my knuckle on its way by, as well as my turning muscle. (belly) my hand isn’t swollen, I’m just heavy. sorry to show this, but figure someone might learn from my stupidity well my nerves are shot now...
I had a small accident in the workshop today. Flying wood – Skin peeled back on the fleshy part of lower middle finger. The Dr just taped it down. Bruising on the inner right elbow and bicep. A red mark on the mid tummy. It looks to me that the piece of wood hit me in the tummy and then passed between my body and my arm. The finger could have been the first contact point. I was cutting a 2” strip of wood off a 2’ long plank and I pushed the wood past the blade. I am gu...
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 ...
I had a table saw kickback accident in September. i recorded the aftermath. There is gore in this one. If you don’t like that sort of stuff skip to the second episode about finding out how the kickback happened on my saw.
SAFETY DAY – Tuning up the table saw that caused my kickback accident. figuring out what went wrong.
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