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#1 posted 02-17-2011 04:07 AM

Based on the physics, tension wood would (heh heh, I said wood twice without repeat!) close on the blade, and compression wood would (heh heh, twice, again!) spread open. The tension wood is your real problem, what with pinching the blade. I’ve had it happen. I generally shut off the saw, if it’s bad enough. Never had it explode, though.

One thing, though: It’s the power tool’s energy, not the wood, that is the problem. If you were hand sawing it with a rip saw, it’d get ugly, but there would be no flying pieces.

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