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Project by Bruce posted 2700 days ago 3657 views 22 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After hearing of an accident involving some fingers and a saw blade I decided to make a guard. I found one like this on the Badger Pond website and decided to give it a try. It uses 3/8” lexan for the guard and square aluminium for the frame mechanism. I have roughly $100 invested. I still need to attach the vacuum hose to the plexi cover and it will be complete. After finishing it I am not sure how convienent it will be to use, but on the other hand my fingers safety are worth it!

-- Bruce Ebling





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2700 days ago

Very nice. I will interested to see your evaluation of how it works. What are you using for a splitter?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Drew1House

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#2 posted 2700 days ago

For me a kerfing knife not attached to the blade guard is the next purchase.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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scottb

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#3 posted 2700 days ago

good for the fingers, and the eyes!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Bruce

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#4 posted 2700 days ago

A splitter/kerfing knife (they are the same thing aren’t they?) would be the next logical step. Any recommendations??

-- Bruce Ebling

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WayneC

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#5 posted 2700 days ago

Depends on how much you want to spend.

This an example of the high end.

The low end would be something like this.

I’m wondering if anyone has a shop made solution they could recommend.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jeff

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#6 posted 2700 days ago

Nice guard, Bruce. I’m with Wanye on the high end example. I’ve been eyeing the same one. You could also make (or purchase) a zero-clearance insert and wedge a piece of straight grain wood in the end slot. Be sure to joint it or cut it in such a way to give it a thinner leading edge. The disadvantage to this approach is no anti-kickback teeth…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 2700 days ago

Very nice setup, I’ve been looking at these, but they’re quite pricey. I’m sure yours is going to work fine.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Drew1House

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#8 posted 2700 days ago

The advantage to the pricey one is it follows the blade so if you take a 45 degree cut where you are more likely to get kickback it still protects you.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Jeff

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#9 posted 2700 days ago

Ah yes, Drew’s comment highlights another disadvantage of the shopmade solution. Thanks, Drew.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2700 days ago

If this works for you, check the reviews of 4 different splitters here on this page from FWW online.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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oscorner

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#11 posted 2697 days ago

Nice upgrade.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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BillinDetroit

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#12 posted 2601 days ago

(To Wayne C.)
For a splitter I use a piece of oak wedged into a slot cut into my zero-clearance plate. It only works at 90 deg. but that’s where my saw lives. I use my table-mounted router to add 45 deg edges. Haven’t had to rip any other angles yet.

-- http://nmwoodworks.com (pens & bowls, mostly)

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mot

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#13 posted 2601 days ago

Nice! Very functional.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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TreeBones

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#14 posted 2436 days ago

Safety first. Thats my policy. Good job.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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ToddE

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#15 posted 2407 days ago

Hey Bruce,
Nice job on this and the cherry cabinet. I have a question about your production on the blade guard…Did you think about putting a counter balance weight at the other end of the fulcrum? My friend and I have been contemplating making one, but we weren’t sure if we needed weight or not. I hope you have had a chance to use it to answer my question, because it is killing me not to know how this works for you. Again, nice job. What size of aluminum tubing did you use? What wall thickness did you use? One more question, I promise…do you have any support for the post coming off of the ceiling to stop side to side motion of the guard against the saw blade?

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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