|Project by Milo||posted 10-16-2014 01:21 AM||3540 views||3 times favorited||25 comments|
My thumb was dumb!
Ok, it started out like all these things do…
I was tired…
I was reaching the end of the day…
My thumb was dumb!
I’m a big fan of Matt Vanderlist (Matt’s Basement Workshop), and “Fingers and thumbs, don’t be dumb” came instantly to mind when I got REALLY lucky and didn’t lose my thumb! That gash was about 1/8 inch wide, and just a little deeper. Instant shock. I was amazed though how quickly it quit bleeding. I lucked out HUGELY.
That all said, I learned a lesson, I needed a blade guard. I have an old Delta Uni, and don’t have the original. So, after some research came up with two options I liked. The Shark Guard and the Issue 92 blade guard in Shopnotes.
I didn’t like the way Shopnotes guard attached to the back of the saw, and didn’t want to wait months for a Sharkguard (plus funds are tight).
I DID however want a blade guard. Remember, my thumb was dumb. Fortunetly, there are old plans for a Sharkguard on the website, so AWAY I went.
Things I wanted in a blade guard included small footprint, minimum width, dust collection, and the right price.
I don’t have the steps I took in making the guard (you can find that on the website Here, http://www.thesharkguard.com/sharkguard_plans.php
Here is the guard on my saw…
Changes you easily may not are I included 1/8 ply on the top and in the body of the guard. Since I couldn’t easily get 3/8 Plexiglas, I settled for what the Big Box had. The Ply gave it a little more rigidity.
As you can also see, I took a page out of the Shopnotes blade guard and inserted a dust adapter into the top of the blade guard. It ended up working better that I hope!.
In the back, I had a basic, after market splitter on my saw. I removed the anti kickback prawns, drilled a hole, and had my blade guard mount.
It is very light. Hence that magnet on the top. When the dust collector is on, the duct contract and pulled up on the guard. That kind of nixed the whole purpose of the guard, ya know? The magnet was just heavy enough and small enough to do the job weighing it down.
Do you have a small shop? Bungy cords can be your friends!
And finally, a last tip. Do you have problems with dust collection connectors? Cheap beer coozies can make great connectors on 3 inch hoses. Here is an example.
Short and sweet. Hope this helps you out in your endeavors. I’ll answer questions if you have any.
Don’t let your thumb be dumb, and DON’T cut when you’re tired!
-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...