|Forum topic by Eric||posted 01-09-2012 07:27 AM||2135 views||1 time favorited||23 replies|
01-09-2012 07:27 AM
I was standing there minding my own business…........................................when I was attacked by my tablesaw.
I was helping my stepdaughter put the finishing touches on a pingball launcher. So, I was ripping a peice of 3/4” thick, by ~16” long, by 5” wide birch plywood, down to 3” wide. As I was pushing the piece of wood through the cut (with a push stick), the cut off piece began to travel back towards me,(slowly) on the tablesaw. This is were I lost control. Thinking I had pushed the piece, that was between the blade in the fence past the blade, I moved the push stick to push the cut-off piece away from the spinning blade. In retrospect, the piece between the blade and fence, must have still been on contact with the spinning blade. The piece shot back, towards me, once it cleared the riving knife the blade picked the piece up and propelled it towards me at an amazing rate of speed.
So, the piece of 3/4” x 3” x 16” hit me in my diaphragm. Yes, it hurt like h**l. My step daughter was across the room and stood there with shock and awe. Once I was able to stand straight up, I took a time out to gather my thoughts, to let my pride heel and caught by breathe.
So why did this happen? I use a Delta Unisaw. The newest model. Riving knife was in place, but the blade guard is in the draw. If the blade guard had been in place, the cut off piece would have never move back towards. Thus, I would not have had a brain-fart, with the need to move that piece away from the blade. The blade guard would(should?) not have let the piece between the blade fence back toward, either. At least that is my understanding.
I consider myself a very seasoned wood worker. I have been doing it for about 25 years. I originally got into wood working when I borrowed a friends crappy bench top tablesaw for a project. That was the last time I experience kick-back, while trying to rip a piece of wood on an unparallel, blade to rip fence, saw.
I felt the need to share, because I have spent the last few hours reading about kick-back and other tablesaw safety issues. I wish I was wearing my old kevlar vest, but had to turn it in at retirement from the military.
To all, may you never experience kick-back on your tablesaw. Please be safe and take the time to review your safety guidelines.
-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"