|Forum topic by pashley||posted 1411 days ago||683 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
1411 days ago
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!