|Review by Mike Lingenfelter||posted 10-24-2008 01:43 AM||8121 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
- Hendrik Varju Revelations on Table Saw Set-up & Safety
- Brand: Hendrik Varju | Category: DVDs
I reviewed Hendrik’s DVD (Jointer and Planer Secrets) a while ago and was very pleased with it. When Hendrik came out with a new DVD on Table Saws, I was very interested in getting. At first the price of $94.95 CDN, might seem a little high, but what you get makes it worth every penny. I really wish I had this DVD when I bought my first table saw!
This is a 5 DVD set and it has almost 10 hours footage. As with his Jointer DVD set, Hendrik always focuses on safe operation of the tool. To use a table safely, it needs to be set up properly and this is what he talks about first. His approach to setting up a table saw is different from most of what I have read/seen about table saws. Most books and DVDs really gloss over how a table saw should be set up. Hendrik goes into great detail on why he sets table saws up the way he does. His explains how his methods will improve your safety and the accuracy of your cuts.
Hendrik then goes into great detail on how to make just about every type of cut you would do on a table saw and how to do them safely.
- Rip cuts on long and short boards
- Rip cuts on wide and narrow boards
- Crosscuts on all sizes of board
- Rabbet and dado cuts
- Handling large sheet goods
- Beveled rip cuts
He also gives one of the most compelling agreements on why you should have a right-tilt table saw over a left-tilt. I don’t think this topic will every have a clear “winner”. It’s like asking someone if you should cut tails or pins first ?. I would like to try a right-tilt saw sometime, and will seriously consider it if and when I buy a new table saw.
Another concept that came up in the DVD, was the idea of using your miter gauge on the right side of your blade instead of the “standard” left side. After you learn how Hendrik recommends setting up your saw, this just makes all the sense in the world.
Also included on the DVDs is a demonstration of how kickback happens. If you haven’t experienced kickback yet, the demonstration will be an eye-opener! Hendrik talks quite a bit about kickback. I believe after learning what I have from this DVD and implementing Hendrik’s recommendations, I can be confident that I have done everything possible to eliminate the scary event.
Also included on the DVDs is a very detailed demonstration on how to build a crosscut sled. He doesn’t leave any step out. You see him build it from start to finish. He has many tips on how to get the most accurate set up for your sled.
Hendrik has inspired me to be a safer woodworker. So much so, I’m putting my splitter and guard back onto my table saw. Now that I know how it is supposed to be setup and used, I’m embarrassed I ever took it off! All those TV woodworkers that say they took their splitter/guard off for better “visual clarity” should be embarrassed! They are doing a great disservice to the new and novice woodworker.
You can find Hendrik over at www.passionforwood.com.