|Project by oscorner||posted 06-12-2007 08:55 PM||9770 views||10 times favorited||16 comments|
After my incident with the flying wood that I spoke to you about in my blog I decided to do two things to keep or minimize the possibility of it happening again. The first thing I did was to use LumberJocks’ woodworking store to purchase a foot switch, as was suggested by many of you. I got the Billy Pedal which is a dead-man switch(it must be depressed for the circuit to be made up. If you take your foot off of the switch the saw, router or lathe is turned off). Yes, I have used it on all three and it is great! I’d suggest that everyone get one.
Second, I built a crosscut sled for my SuperShop tablesaw. Not only does it guarantee my perfectly square cuts, but also gives me a way to clamp the wood so I don’t have to hold it. And with a stop block, no more chance of binding between the fence and saw blade. Of course, that was my fault because I didn’t put a block to reference off of, thus not leaving any room for the cutoff to not bind against the saw blade. I made the runner extend almost 16” ahead of the sled, so I could have the runners well engaged before the sled made contact with the saw blade and they extend 2” from the rear of the jig. The base is made from 1/8” hardboard and the fences are made from 2 X 6 ” pine. The fences were carpet taped sqare to the blade, then screwed into place. Afterwords, I double checked that the fences were still square to the blade. No glue was used.
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