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Forum topic by pashley posted 02-07-2010 11:40 PM 1155 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2010 11:40 PM

Well, almost got seriously hurt today; guess the good Lord was looking out for me.

Tablesaw. Cutting off a small piece of maple – about 1”x4”x2”. Using the miter gauge to correctly push the piece on the right side of the blade, along a locked fence. Made the cut; all was good. I went to flick the cut off little piece off the table, and it caught the back of the saw blade, flinging the dang thing at me at ballistic speed. Yes, I had my safety glasses and ear protection on. It just nicked my cheek – the brunt of it hit my ear piece on the “headphones” I wear, knocking them clean off my head! If my head had been another inch to the left, it would have meant a shattered cheek bone, I think!

No, I didn’t have the riving knife on; it’s a contractor saw, and doesn’t work well with the kind of work I do. However, it’s on now. Had it been on, that little piece could not have contacted the blade where it did. That riving knife is not just for keeping the wood from pinching the back of the blade, but for also preventing the cut-offs from touching it as well!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 12:13 AM

So glad to hear you were not seriously hurt!!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 12:31 AM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 12:33 AM

Glad your ok .I don’t move drop offs untill the saw stops.

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 01:04 AM

Someday….all table saw blades will rotate AWAY from you….and have a simple mechanized feeder.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 01:50 AM

Glad to hear yoiu are OK too. makes a good case for standing to the side.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 02:26 AM

Yes the Lord does have His way of teaching us lessons. Glad it turned out alright.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#7 posted 02-08-2010 02:41 AM

I’ve been there. I got hit in the stomach with a board, leaving a deep bruise. Luckily, it didn’t go in to me. Leather aprons do help.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 02-08-2010 02:51 AM

Glad to hear it wasn’t worse. Just to be clear, the wood wasn’t on the miter gauge and fence at the same time was it? You don’t want your wood touching more than the blade and one other fixed face.

Poopiekat – A blade coming up out of the table saw and rotating away from me sounds like some scary stuff. I’ve put a scroll saw blade in upside down before and almost chewed my fingers off.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 04:46 AM

Wow, that was close. Be Careful!!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 04:54 AM

There are a lot of good reasons to use the riving knife and guards. I’m reminded of the carpenters who were building my “Workshop in the Woods” in ‘07. One of them was cutting a long 16” taper in a board, freehand, on a guardless contractor’s saw. He had about 30 of thes boards to cut. I couldn’t stand it. I said “Eddie, give me those boards and I will cut them on my bandsaw”. He didn’t argue with me.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 05:07 AM

Glad everything is OK

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 02-08-2010 05:50 AM

I think its a conspiracy that table saws just happen to be a crotch height :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 05:57 PM

Close Call.
Glad you’re OK.
I’ve learned to resist flicking pieces from the blade until the saw stops.
My riving knife isn’t the best, but it stays on the saw when at all possible.

Thanks for reminding us to be careful.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 02-08-2010 06:12 PM

I agree with Eric about never flicking those small cutoffs. A lot of times, if the piece is small, it won’t make any difference if you have riving knife on or not. The cutoff will just be lying there right next to to the blade, and flicking it just slightly the wrong way is going to flip it back at you. It is sometimes hard to be patient, but whenever I have a piece of wood that ends up almost touching the blade when the cut is finished, I always wait until the blade stops before attempting to move it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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