|Project by jayman7||posted 10-20-2010 04:56 AM||4296 views||13 times favorited||10 comments|
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.