Dustbunnie’s accident had me searching randomly on Google for riving knifes. In the process, I ran across this article on Finewoodworking (http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25130/man-wins-big-money-in-tablesaw-lawsuit) Man hurts himself on a table saw and sues the manufacturer because they didn’t license the SawStop technology. What was more interesting was the hundreds of comments on the story.
I don’t know which bothered me more, the ones about tort reform, or the ones that said big companies should protect us from ourselves. Sigh!
I had an interesting day today. I was out at a house after work disassembling a 12’ satellite dish off a guy’s property. I’m going to use it for a non-woodworking project for my daughter and I (can you say giant solar cooker!) Anyway, the owner mentioned that he is taking down two 40’ Maple trees this week. He asked if I wanted the wood and of course I said YES!. He’s going to have the tree service cut it up into 4’ sections so I can get it on my trailer. I’ll like it longer, but since it is wet, I don’t think I can handle any pieces longer than that. When I get my workshop back in two weeks, I’ll use my Alaskan mill to slice it into some nice lumber, ready for some project this Winter once it dries. Score!
-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.