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#1 posted 05-04-2010 06:26 PM

A note about push sticks.

I NEVER use a push stick made out of plastic. When you push the wood with the plastic push stick and it hits the saw blade, the difference in density of the plastic causes the push stick to be thrown back at you and out of your hand. I’ve had this happen a couple of times. So no more plastic push sticks. When the blade catches the plastic push stick all the force of the motor is transferred to the push stick and it will be forced out of your hand. So I ALWAYS make my push sticks out of wood. As you advance the piece to be cut the push stick is also cut ( if it hits the blade, it normally is positioned not to go thru the blade plane ) )but it is cut at the same rate as the wood and actually does it’s job. Keeping your hand and fingers away from the spinning blade.
The push stick does not have to be made into some fancy shaped tool. A rectangular stick with rounded edges will work fine. Round the edges to prevent a corner from being forced into you hand if the blade catches the push stick wrong.
The Vega fence on my table saw does have a sliding push stick that works quite well and I use that as often as possible. But some times a wooden one is necessary

Congratulations on using your table saw. Read as much on tool safety as you can. Being new to the tools, take a careful approach to your tools.


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