|Forum topic by wwbob||posted 10-20-2010 07:34 AM||1720 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-20-2010 07:34 AM
Before you panic, all were minor but still have lessons to be learned. FYI: my workshop is the local high school’s wood shop. I attend a weekly class.
The Kickback Cut – very shortly after I began using this table saw, a Saw-Stop.
I was trimming the 6 foot long board down to 6 inches wide. The board was just wider than 6 inches at the narrow end and about 7 inches at the wide end. I set the rip fence, started the motor, and began to feed the board. After feeding about 2 feet of the board, the board was stuck. The motor was running and the blade was spinning freely, but the board would not move. I turned off the motor and just stood there for a while. After poking and prodding, I discovered the part of the board I was cutting off had become wedged between separating knife and the anti kickback device. I so proud of myself. I had found the problem and I didn’t have to call the teacher to fix the table saw. I reached down with my finger and tried to lift the kickback. The kickback device did not move and I suddenly had a nice little cut. Them things is sharp. Band-aid required.
The Miter Guide Skinning
The miter guide is kept on the side of the cabinet, below the extended table. Just as I was reaching for it, I thought I heard my name. I looked up, but kept reaching for the guide. I missed the guide’s handle and and hit some other part of the guide. Middle finger knuckle scrapped nicely. Paper towel for blood blotting.
The Rip Fence Pinch
As I adjusted the rip fence to perform a rough cut so I was using the tape measure attached to the fence. I tapped the fence with my left hand to get the correct width. I pushed the fence lock lever with my right hand. Locking the fence caused it to move slightly. That movement pinched my a bit of flesh on the little finger on my left hand between the fence and the slot for the miter guide. Hurts like the devil, but no blood this time.
Even when the blade isn’t moving, you can still get hurt. Focus and knowledge are the still the best weapons to prevent even the smallest injuries.
All ten digits in place,
-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4