I have done it hundreds of times—making repetitive cuts on table saw—and I am sure you have too. But NEVER get complacent using a table saw! There I was cutting a doado in a length of soft cedar, guiding it on past the blades, when it bound up and shot back! When it did, it not only broke my newer fetherboard, propeled the board back into my truck tailgate, but it also drew the push block—with my hand—back over the spinning dado blade. Here is the board. I ...
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...
This is my first blog post here at LumberJocks. First I’d like to thank each of you for the warm welcome I have already received. My name is Herb Cumbie and I live in Panama City, Florida. I’m 61 years old. I’ve worked with wood off and on since I was six years old. When I was a young boy I began helping my Dad in our workshop. We made a lot of cedar “hope” chests over the years. We also made some other furniture items and quite a few sets of kitchen cabine...
Well – here is my version of the short fence. I’d really appreciate your looking at this and letting me know if I’m all wet in my description/explanation or if I’m missing the point or did not explain something very well. That’s the only way I’ll learn – if you tell me. I sincerely appreciate your honesty and your input. So here goes. The case for the short fence is all about safety. When you cut a board you only have complete control of t...
I fought the saw and the saw won. As it will 100% of the time. So, I thought I would post this blog to remind everyone that it happens. Actually, this is the first kick back that I have experienced. I know why it happens. I know how to prevent the likelihood that it will happen. I use caution. But, it happened anyway. It threw a 18 X 20 piece of 3/4 ply at me, frisbee style. It so torqued the saw blade on the arbor shaft, that I cannot remove the nut to remove the blade to inspect fo...
OK… I’m a little accident proned. I’m going to get a bandsaw in the next week or so, and before I acquire a hospital bill from doing something dumb, I thought I would try a preemptive strike and ask if anyone had any advice or direction for me to take on how NOT to get hurt with it. I realize that most of it is common sense, such as “don’t have the blade guard up all the way when you cut ¼ inch material… etc.” But, are there any special circumstances or jobs that you’ve p...
This was originally a comment on this forum thread. I’m posting it again here so more people might see it and avoid serious fire and safety issues in their shop. —————— I’m a firefighter and the head of the emergency response team for a company that specializes in industrial fire protection. Before switching to the industrial side I worked several years as a municipal firefighter. First of all, the original posters assumption that the risk o...
So the story goes like this: I’m in the garage minding my own business routing a groove down the center of some 1×2 poplar when I hear a loud pop and smoke starts billowing out of my shop vac/dust collector. I turn off the router, yank the shop vac cord out of the wall and get outside. It’s then that I remember that I unplugged the garage opener because I needed the outlet, so I had no good way of getting all the smoke out of the garage. So I hold my breath and plunge back...
Oily Rag Safety Tip Most people know that spontaneous combustion can occur when oily rags are left in a bunch or thrown together in a trash can. A friend of mine didn’t realize this and had a small fire in his basement shop. Based on this, I thought it would be a good idea to pass along a tip that is easy to use and can prevent this from occurring to others. I use oil for finishing and use a simple device that takes away the worry of spontaneous combustion. I drape my rags and bru...
Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #19: Safety week? We don't need no stinking safety week! (Stumpy's Safety Poster)
It’s woodworking safety week. I know, I’ve been planning for months. This morning I finished decorating the safety tree, I hung the red halogen safety lights all over the outside of the shop. My wife is wearing her safety dress and I am drinking decaffeinated coffee this morning, because someone said it was safer. These days there’s a “week” for everything. We just wrapped up “earth week”, already the third or fourth one this year it seems, which u...
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