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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 04-27-2007 04:56 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2007 04:56 PM

I am a Scoutmaster of a troop of Boy Scouts at my church. One of them is working towards the Eagle rank and for part of his project we are building a 4’X8’ car for a library. The hood and trunk are made to hold books that the librarian is featuring. Anyways, time was short, so while some people were using my cabinet saw I pulled out my old piece of junk benchtop tablesaw to make some cuts. The reason I hated this saw and bought the saw I should have got in the first place is that nothing is lined up and set up is tedious. I had forgotten this being spoiled by my nicer machine. I didn’t align the blade and fence. It turns out the back of the blade and fence were narrower than the fronts. . . workpiece binded and hit the drywall about 8’ away. It put a hole on our side of the wall and made a slight dent on the drywall on the other side of the wall. Worst of all, there was a scout making some headlights on the scroll saw about a foot from where the board hit the wall! It was an eye opener to say the least.

Morale of the story: They say you learn from mistakes, but WW isn’t very forgiving. Don’t get comfortable with your tools. Expect the worst and be prepared for it. Never operate a machine with others in the line of fire. Proper tuning of equipment is paramount to safety.


-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 04-27-2007 05:20 PM

AMEN to that!
I got to complacecent the other day cutting the ends for pickets for our new fence. Anyway, I did not use the blade guard, and one of eth little corner pieces that I had just cut was dancing around the table saw top, caught the blade and was propeled right between my eyes!
Thank God for safety glasses. And thank God He was watching out for me in MY foolishness. Anyway, all that happened is that my bridge on my glasses got bent and my head got a little “rap.” Needless to say, I shut down the TS and immediately got my blade gaurd!

NEVER take power tools for granted. We all learn that lesson sometimes. Hopefully, as in our cases, no one gets serioiusly injured!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#2 posted 04-27-2007 09:49 PM

Point well taken! I’m glad no one got injured. Who does the other side of the wall belong to?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 04-28-2007 07:34 AM

I always say to myself: “fear the blade!”

-- John

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