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Posted on Guests in the shop and safety standards

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 12:10 AM

A while ago I was lacking in this department when I let a student of mine and his friend work in my shop for a project for their lodge. I knew my student worked safely and assumed his friend did also because he had 30 years experiencein woodworking.
We all had been working in the shop for 3 hours milling material for the wanes coating they were making, the students friend needed to cross cut a dozen or so pieces of wood may be 3 1/2” wide by 36” long , as I headed inside my home to answer a call I looked back and saw this guy heading towards my chop saw (I thought), I was in my house only for a minute and came back out to see this guy free hand cross cutting these pieces on my table saw!!!! Wow was I in shock ,I approached him as to not startle him and caught him before he started on his forth piece,of course I said stop stop stop! he did and turned the saw off I said what are you doing I could not think of anything less safe,he said he had never owned a miter gauge nor did his table saw have a fence .He said he had been free hand ripping and cross cutting wood for 25 years. I had never imaged any one ever using a table saw like that long term. All said and done I asked him to use my chop saw . He asked for help with it since he had never used one. My lesson… NEVER EVER ASSUME that some one knows what their doing or that they work safely. All said and done no one was hurt,but they sure could have been.

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