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05-16-2008 07:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw safety

I found this image on another forum.

I know that some master table saw users put their hands closer to the blade than I feel comfortable doing. Does anyone else do this? It kind of made me shudder when I saw it.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#1 posted 05-16-2008 07:04 PM

I’m no TS expert but I can tell you I’d be very uncomfortable with making this cut. I would probably make this cut with a tenoning jig or some other shopmade jig.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 07:06 PM

I have to say, maybe he knows what he is doing, but I wouldn’t make that cut in a million years. Not only is his hand too close to the blade for my comfort, but that chunk of wood he is about to cut free looks like a potential missile to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 07:09 PM

That is way too close for me and the piece is largely unsupported. I would also use a taller fence and a tenoning jig or miter gauge. The other problem is that the waste piece is going to be trapped between the blade and fence. This is a kickback waiting to happen.

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#4 posted 05-16-2008 07:18 PM

Swied, go back and check that website. I’m sure it was showing you what NOT to do. ;^)
Just shows you how much bad information is on the net.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 05-16-2008 07:54 PM

Doesn’t look like a mental giant to me, but he does appear to have all his fingers.
The hands look quite old also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-16-2008 09:05 PM

doesn’t look very safe to me but he has all his fingers. whats up with the blade though. its like see through?

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 09:47 PM

Would that not be better performed using a dado set and miter gauge with the board laying flat, not on end?

teenage, I thought the samething, but I believe you are seeing the mirror image at an angle so it just looks see through.


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#8 posted 05-16-2008 10:32 PM

A tenoning jig if it could handle that thick of a stock, but if you had to run it through this way he should at least have a lot taller fence and somekind of back to keep the cutoff from shooting backwards and to give him safer leverage.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#9 posted 05-17-2008 01:26 AM

No thanks. That doesn’t looks that smart on his part.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#10 posted 05-17-2008 03:55 AM

Another “Darwin Award” nominee. This could be done with a tenoning jig. This guy should at least put the waste on the other side of the blade. That piece is going to come out of there like a Japanese bullet train. Never trap the cut off between the blade and fence.

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#11 posted 05-17-2008 04:09 AM

You have to have a tall fence for an operation like this.

Isn’t it true that the cutoff should be set to fall away and not be trapped between blade and fence?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 05-17-2008 05:30 AM

a bandsaw would do it much better and safer. I agree that he is a Darwin award candidate.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#13 posted 05-17-2008 01:48 PM

Yip..that was my thought..Use the bandsaw.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 05-17-2008 11:00 PM

Doing that cut, he is pushing toward the fence as well as forward. When that board kicks back, his hand will go straight into the blade. I put my hand through a tablesaw 3 years ago. It was over before I knew what happened. I still have all 10, but 2 don’t look like they used to.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#15 posted 05-17-2008 11:28 PM

C’mon now, you know we all thought about trying this at one time or another. ;)

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