Have you built your own overarm table saw guard?

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Blog entry by tooldad posted 2129 days ago 8967 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unfortunately I need an effective table saw guard for the saw in the school shop. Currently I am acting as the guard while the student uses the saw. Our old saw had the brett left mount guard. However the problem with it is anytime you need to rip something that has more than 15” hanging off the left side of the blade, you have to remove it. This means you can’t even rip a sheet of ply in half. Our replacement saw does not have the mounting for the guard.

I like the overarm style, but $500 is a bit steep. I have seen some homemade systems before. I was trying to think of a way to modify our table mount HTC guard with some solid wood and steel to make an overarm.

Any ideas or testimonies would be helpful. Thanks.

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#1 posted 2128 days ago

I was looking to build one myself awhile back, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Here are a couple I found, during my research.

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#2 posted 1786 days ago

Mike: have you build your overarm table saw guard yet? i’m also looking at building one but feel I might be too inexeperienced to actually pull it off myself? Is it really doable for a noob :)

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#3 posted 1786 days ago

Here is one I made about seven years ago works great I even had the printers graphics artist copy the design for biessemeyer on this and I made the fence system too have fune Kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Vincent Nocito

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#4 posted 1786 days ago

Check out John Nixon’s Eagle Lake Woodworking web site. He built one for his Craftsman TS using a dust hood from Penn State. I have the parts on hand and will be building one this week based on John’s design.

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#5 posted 1786 days ago

Thanks Scotsman. That’s really cool, it looks great but might be a bit advanced. I think I’ll give a go though!

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