Magnetic Table Saw Blade Guard

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Project by jayman7 posted 10-20-2010 04:56 AM 7047 views 12 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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#1 posted 10-20-2010 05:06 AM

Nice Lookin Job

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 08:21 AM

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.


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#3 posted 10-20-2010 03:49 PM

clever idea.

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 04:02 PM

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

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 04:28 PM

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!

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 05:56 PM

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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#7 posted 10-21-2010 01:44 AM

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

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 11:12 AM

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.

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 02:26 PM

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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#10 posted 01-24-2012 09:54 PM

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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