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Project by jayman7 posted 1409 days ago 4231 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m one of those woodworkers that doesn’t use the stock table saw blade guard. It gets in the way of ripping cuts, it’s a pain to remove for dadoes, and I couldn’t align the splitter properly. But I do use a homemade splitter in my ZCI to prevent pinching of the blade, and always try to use the best judgement in any operation.

Even though I feel pretty secure when using a push stick, I always feel like something could go wrong and my hand will fall into the blade. I wanted just another level of safety so I built this quick jig in a few minutes to see if it works. I sized it to be about 6.5” wide since I’m usually limited to 6” stock due to my jointer anyway, and about 1.75” high since that’s the max stock width I deal with if at all. My hand will hit the front of it in case my hand gets too close to the blade too. I used a leftover piece of plexiglass I had from a picture frame project and used magswitches to make it easy to remove. The magswitches were from a crappy featherboard that I hardly used anyway. It’s surprisingly solid as it is but I might make it even more sturdy in a later version. I might even put a dust collection adapter on the top. It’s not the ultimate solution, but it’s definitely better than nothing.





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jim1953

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#1 posted 1409 days ago

Nice Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Chinitorama

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#2 posted 1409 days ago

Nice! Magswitches are great! With their convenience you’ve made a guard that isn’t a hassle and thus more likely to be used. Well done.

-J.

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Joe Watson

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#3 posted 1409 days ago

clever idea.

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Bradford

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#4 posted 1409 days ago

Atta boy. That’s the right idea, you can’t cut what you don’t touch.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 1409 days ago

That is a pretty smart idea.
You can see the blade and still stay away from it.
No obstructions as you pass through the cut.
Didn’t cost a ton of dough to make.
I think you are on to something there.
Please post any revisions you make to this project.
Nice job!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 1409 days ago

Great idea. I also like that it’s so easy to remove. Much more likely to actually use it that way.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 1409 days ago

Thanks for posting. I haven’t used a guard on any of the table saws I have had. I have built sleds that have a cover like this, but not for ripping. I have not had an issue in over 30 years of sawing wood, but hearing of others problems gives me the idea that I should think about it. I have some Mag clamps that I can use.
Thanks, robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#8 posted 1408 days ago

As someone who has had the unhappy experience of getting to know my table saw blade a little too well, I’m all for safety equipment. My little “oops” cost me 3 stitches and left me with no feeling in the tip of my left thumb. Not something I would recommend as a fun way to spend a saturday evening.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 1408 days ago

This is a fantastic idea- especially of you have dust collection hose coming down from the ceiling to it! It does seem to be a little limited as to the size of the rip, and won’t work for crosscuts. Have you had any issues?

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skone

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#10 posted 948 days ago

Late to find your post but wanna say thanks. I don’t use a guard and while I am extremely careful with pushsticks—- yeah. I’m in agreement with you. This looks like a good compromise and one that is practical/functional. Thanks again!

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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