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Rrrandy

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03-21-2017 09:07 PM

I purchased my tablesaw 15 years ago. After suffering through a couple of kickbacks and cut finger tips I came to greatly respect the tablesaw and the damage it could do if not used properly. One of the best purchases I ever made was the GRR-Ripper. I still respect the saw but am more confidant when using it because of the GRR-Ripper. Another confidence enhancer is my use of feather boards on my router table.

What tool/device have you made/purchased that has raised your confidence level against injuries?

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MrStyle

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 09:10 PM

+1 on Gripper

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 09:17 PM

I hope you have a riving knife on your saw.

But, I really hope that you will take the time to evaluate what you are doing. Having cut off fingertips suggests you need to be much more careful. In your case, a Sawstop may save your fingers.

Be careful

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 09:24 PM

Riving knife on my saw. And not long ago, I broke down and bought a Grippr. So far, I like it.

I have a featherboard attached to an aux fence that I use when cutting thin plywood such as 1/4 inch. It helps to keep the material flat as it passes the blade.

A pair of Rockler clamps hold it to the fence.

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Iamjacob

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 10:07 PM

Best safety device? The one between your ears.

Think about what you are doing, keep your meaty bits away from spinning metal, and have a healthy respect for the damage that ALL power (and un-powered for that matter) tools can do.

Complacency and absentmindedness have no place in a workshop.

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Rich

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 10:09 PM

+1 on the GRR-Ripper. I have a fairly complete set of MagSwitch accessories for woodworking. The feather boards are very versatile, allowing double-stack for tall boards, or a horizontal/vertical configuration for pressing against the fence and holding down at the same time. There are dozens different ways to use it.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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DalyArcher

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#6 posted 03-21-2017 10:41 PM

I want to get a set of the Jess Em hold downs for my tablesaw and a micro-jig splitter set.

Currently just feather boards and push sticks.

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#7 posted 03-22-2017 12:26 AM

I have the Gripper and like it. I would suggest reviewing table saw safety rules as all saw accidents are preventable. A few guys here get really angry when I say that but it’s true. Now I understand that not everyone is capable of staying focused, in that case you need to make best use of all the safety options available.

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#8 posted 03-22-2017 12:42 AM

Brain, Blade guard, Brain, Push stick or block (grrrripper), Brain. In that order. Make sure your saw or any tools are properly tuned and aligned before using.

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#9 posted 03-22-2017 12:43 AM



I have the Gripper and like it. I would suggest reviewing table saw safety rules as all saw accidents are preventable. A few guys here get really angry when I say that but it s true. Now I understand that not everyone is capable of staying focused, in that case you need to make best use of all the safety options available.

- Rick M

So true Rick!

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JRsgarage

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#10 posted 03-22-2017 01:56 AM

i always feel little safer with zero clearance inserts. i agree with all of the above but i find myself rarely using the gripper now days….block of 2×4 w/ handle and a push stick seems to be my go to

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pontic

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#11 posted 03-22-2017 02:13 AM

All of the above. Also UNPLUG YOUR SAW WHEN LEANING OVER IT TO MAKE DELICATE ADJUSTMENTS AND SUCH. Good friend has a very lame hand because he accitently kicked the start button whils trying to get his dado just right. I do need a riving Knife for my ‘02 jet JTAS 10”er. Which do you recommend?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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Trakem2

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#12 posted 03-22-2017 02:31 AM

Really like my GRR-ripper plus MJ splitter system that I use on my older Craftsman contractor saw which has the older style blade gaurd/splitter that constantly needed adjustment.

-- The old ways worked then, and they still do today! Randy

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#13 posted 03-22-2017 02:55 AM

I have a few, Table Saw Sleds, Rockler Small Parts Holder (for router table), and Grippers. Tough to pick one, but based on amount of use, I have to say the Grippers. I am always willing to buy something that makes me feel safer using my tools

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knotscott

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#14 posted 03-22-2017 09:26 AM

Flatting, straightening, and squaring lumber goes a long way toward reducing kickback. Lumber that doesn’t rock while it’s being ripped is less likely to bind and kickback….it also leaves a better cut. As much as a like my Grippers and my BORK riving knife, a jointer and planer should at least get mentioned.

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#15 posted 03-22-2017 12:16 PM

My favorite safety device is one that’s often overlooked (though Eric mentions it above), but it’s my Incra miter sled. When I’m using it for cross-cutting, it’s typically for larger/longer pieces, and allows me to keep my hands far away from the blade. As an additional perk, it also allows me to stand more to the side of the blade, rather than close to behind it, as is often necessary when ripping (though of course I try to offset as much as possible).

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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