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Forum topic by Tokolosi posted 04-02-2012 04:36 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tokolosi

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04-02-2012 04:36 PM

Just a note to my fellow LJ’s to remember safety. I was ripping some rough stock on Friday afternoon to make a simple storage box for my dovetail jig. While cutting the 3/4” pine planks for the box sides to lenght a piece binded on the tablesaw and went flying. It hit me in the stomack and took me down! completely knocked the wind out of me and still had enough momentum to clear mine and my neighbours driveway. And I wasnt doing anything wrong; the piece was long, the cutt-off side was correct, fully supported, new and sharp blade. It just binded. BE CAREFULL OUT THERE!!! I consider myself very lucky.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien


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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 04:57 PM

Wow!! Glad it was no worse.
Have ya ever thought about gettin’ your belly hair waxed? (Well, there’s gotta be something funny about this…...........)
Bill

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Tokolosi

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 05:01 PM

LOL! I think its those that cushioned the blow!! lol.

On a more serious note. I tried that once. Would rather get hit by flying wood again. It hurts!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 05:07 PM

There’s a good possibility that you didn’t push the piece straight as you finished the cut. I’ve had to work at it, but I always continue a STRAIGHT push until the workpiece clears the saw blade.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 05:08 PM

thats funny … even your tablesaw rejects pine! hope ya heal up and thanks for the safety reminder.

Also .. no belly shirts for you.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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will delaney

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#5 posted 04-02-2012 05:20 PM

I have made the same project and I’m sure a lot of LJ have too. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57167

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#6 posted 04-02-2012 05:34 PM

Invest in a after market riving knife or a splitter these will stop the board from tailing away from the fence. It just like throwing a freebie if the board tail away from the fence the teeth on the backside of the blade grabs hole and well you know the rest. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2005067/29397/micro-jig-18-kerf-steelpro-mj-splitter-kit-blue.aspx Also I have this one on my unisaw it called the shark guard….http://www.thesharkguard.com/1videos.php Hope you take a look at the shark guard great product. Take care …BC

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#7 posted 04-02-2012 05:50 PM

That’s scarry. Glad that you weren’t hurt worse. I’ve had one kickback but fortunately the piece missed me. It did knock my fingers numb for a while.

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#8 posted 04-02-2012 05:57 PM

Stay off the saw for a while. Maybe ‘til your gut heals. So long as you’re staying off – I’ll bet beer helps you mend.

In the meantime, please do try to figure out what happened, because something DID happen. As mentioned, if you don’t have a riving knife, get one. If you weren’t using a miter, should you have? If you didn’t push through, should you have?

I don’t know what went wrong, but I’m confident you’ll figure it out. Let us know . . .

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#9 posted 04-02-2012 06:00 PM

O U C H !! I too am glad nothing worse happened,Thanks for posting.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#10 posted 04-02-2012 06:02 PM

Ripping? looks like a cross-cut. Hey, you weren’t trying to use your fence and miter gauge at the same time, were you? Seems to be a piece of the puzzle missing here. Tell us about your saw, whether it has a riving knife, kickback pawls, etc…because there’s nothing to be learned here except that somebody had a kickback incident.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 04-02-2012 06:07 PM

I’m putting that riving knife back on PRONTO! Yikes!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Tokolosi

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#12 posted 04-02-2012 06:11 PM

I dont have a riving knife. Yet. I was pushing thhrough towards the end of the cut. The board has a slight bow in it and I suspect it lifted just a tad at the rear and caught on a tooth. was not using the miter gauge. And it was a rip in the grain direction. Taking of about 4” of a 12” board.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#13 posted 04-02-2012 06:14 PM

Something that us left handers don’t have to worry about too much….. standing directly behind the blade.

Maybe you right handed sawyers could use a lesson in standing out of the way. I have a piece of 1/4” ply behind me that catches the free flying stuff if I do dumb stuff.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 04-02-2012 06:15 PM

Wow that’s got to smart. If at all possible it’s best to have short pieces on the fall off side of the saw blade not between the fence and the saw blade.

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Tokolosi

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#15 posted 04-02-2012 06:16 PM

And thats exactly how I had it Jim.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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