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SCOTSMAN

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1183 days ago

Has anyone here bought or better still made an overhead guard for a table saw.I made one and fitted it to my last saw with a sliding table but that was sold a few days ago my new saw comes tomorrow and I have been thinking about making another.They are (over here in anycase) prohibitively expensive to buy, so show me your’s please bought or made ? Alistair ps love you guys

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


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TheDane

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#1 posted 1183 days ago

Alistair—Steve Maskery ( http://www.workshopessentials.com ) showed a SUVA-style guard that could be modified to also handle dust collection. Unfortunately, the photo of it that was in http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6728 is apparently no longer available, but his description of it is there.

A chapter on one Steve’s DVD’s dealt with it also. I am contemplating building one like his for my saw … just haven’t been able to make the time for it yet!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1183 days ago

Alistair,

Look at Lee Styron’s web site. He’s the guy that makes the “Shark Guard”.

Not sure where, but SOMEWHERE on his site, he has the plan, and instructions for his original Shark Guard listed. It will give you a good idea of HOW to build one. You can tweak your design from there…

The model he sells as a replacement overarm guard is called the Whale Shark…
http://www.leestyron.com/whale.php

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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reggiek

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#3 posted 1183 days ago

Alistair, check out the shark guard – he sells one and has plans I believe. There is also wood central’s plan for one here woodcentral . I believe I also saw one here on the projects…USCJeff. There is also the excalibur from general (Canadian).

There are alot of them out there for sale…but probably with shipping they may cost too much. I like the Shark Guard myself….I am going to make one similar….they are fairly easy to fabricate….and you can make them a bit more effective by fitting them correctly to the saw.

I believe you mentioned that you have a metal fabricating shop also? I don’t know what you can do but the components of these items seems pretty straight forward. Hope this helps.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Loren

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#4 posted 1183 days ago

I made one. I don’t have it set up right now. I made the
guard itself from plexiglass and the glue I used didn’t hold it together
well, so some parts fell off.

The design is pretty simple. A double arm allows the guard to
move up and down while the dual pivot points keep it in
fixed in the horizontal plane. I used a screen door spring
with a eye bolt to adjust the tension so the guard doesn’t
creep down from the vibration of the saw running, yet
pivots up easily.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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andyboy

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#5 posted 1183 days ago

Like Loren, I made one with a double arm/slot and wing nut for up and down. The hood I made from ply and attached the whole thing to a rafter in the ceiling. At the time the business I worked for had no guard and we were ripping recycled timber and hitting the odd nail. When a tungsten tooth lets go, it flies through the air at a great amount of speed. I used to find teeth inbeded in the guard. I didn’t want wood, nails or teeth hitting me in the face.
I notice a lot of American magazines don’t bother with a hood guard.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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TheDane

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#6 posted 1183 days ago

Andy—The guards are ‘removed for clarity’ in the magazines … and the fact that most American woodworkers seem to hate them!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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dbhost

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#7 posted 1183 days ago

Gerry, I don’t think it’s just Americans… A lot of people opt out of using safety devices to their own peril…

You would be mortified to see some things I have seen in wood shops in Mexico…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 1183 days ago

Alistair, Here is one posted by USCJeff. You might want to take a look at it and send him a message. I have always found him to be helpful.

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 1183 days ago

Thanks guys ,anyone else done this ? Alistair

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

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bunkie

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#10 posted 1183 days ago

About two years ago, ShopNotes magazine had a cover story with detailed plans for making an overhead, dust-collecting guard. It looked pretty cool.

A Google search on ShopNotes Saw Guard yielded a number of results. Here’s the first one:

http://tablesawaccessories.net/shopnotes-table-saw-blade-guard.html

Might be what you are looking for…

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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bunkie

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#11 posted 1182 days ago

It’s funny how time flies. The ShopNotes issue is actually from 2003, nine years ago. I’m only off by about seven years…

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1182 days ago

I plan to build one, and have part of it designed. Mine is going to be ceiling mounted, since my saw is moved only within a small space, I will have it mounted underneath a ceiling mounted cabinet. The cabinet parts are already cut out. The guard parts are purchased, but not totally designed and put together. I will blog it or present it as a project, I hope in a couple of months.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NuggyBuggy

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#13 posted 1182 days ago

I’ve been corresponding with Lee Styron to have a Shark Guard made for an Inca table saw. I have the Inca SUVA guard but want to get dust collection at the blade.

I will say that Lee is an absolute pleasure to work with, and I am pretty sure that what he comes up with will be cheaper than what I could have come up with, once my time is accounted for. More importantly, it will almost certainly be better as well. He’s made lots of them for lots of different saws, so he has insights into the process that I just wouldn’t. There also seem to be a lot of happy Shark Guard users out there.

Off-topic, can someone define what exactly defines a “SUVA guard” ?

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1182 days ago

^man, I would second Nug. Lee’s just a fantastic fellow and he really knows his saws. He seemed genuinely sad that he couldn’t fit my old JET and said he’d been trying for years to do it. That’s not exactly what I get at Home Depot:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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TheDane

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#15 posted 1182 days ago

SUVA: Occupational health regulations and exposure limits set SUVA (Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt)—Swiss National Accident Insurance.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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