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Forum topic by JohnnyB posted 02-21-2012 06:37 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 06:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw safety woodcraft

Maybe it’s just me, but I cringe when I see the Woodcraft ad showing a tablesaw in action. An approximate 3/4 inch piece is being crosscut with no blade guard and with the blade adjusted to maximum height. Scary! OK, I don’t usually use the guard either, but I do adjust the blade height to just above the thickness of the stock being cut. And I do feel a lot safer when I do use the guard. Didn’t they have an actual woodworker available when they shot the ad? But I guess the level of realism is consistent with the ad where a knife is shown being used to cut the Woodcraft logo, but it isn’t really cutting anything. I guess I should allow them some slack, however, for sponsoring these woodworking shows on PBS. Thanks, Woodcraft.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 07:48 AM

If you’re concerned about a beginner being influenced by the ad and thinking it’s safe to do that, I don’t think that beginner is going to go very far in life.
Anybody who is influenced by an ad that easily will probably get influenced by other useless ads such as the Spaghetti cooker which turns your spaghetti into noodles covered with glue.

If it were a DIY home improvement show, I’d have an issue with it.
My father saw the people on the home shows not using a splitter, guard and pushstick when they should be. He actually thought that’s how you should do it. He got a nice cut on his thumb from it(Nothing major).
I occasionally watch the DIY Channel when there’s nothing else on and I see improper safety techniques all the time. No wonder why there’s so many tablesaw injuries.

Lastly, they’re just ads. They get the point across that Woodcraft is a store that sells woodwork related items.

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