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09-15-2012 12:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question tablesaw milling modern

I spent my whole life avoiding kick backs on a table saw and this guy makes one happen on purpose! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 01:01 PM

Every time I see this video I get a chill up my spine and goose bumps.

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 01:13 PM

wow!thanks for sharing.that was scary seeing how close his finger came to the blade and how hard the board went into the blanket.

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 01:14 PM

I watched that video until he went to the close-up slo-mo on how close his hand came to the blade – I couldn’t watch that.

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 01:17 PM

scary stuff for sure,like you said I spent years avoiding kick back.

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 01:17 PM

It hurts just watching it, knowing what he is going to do before he even starts cutting!

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 01:21 PM

I watched that video a while ago, but it’s impact is still pretty strong.

At the job I just left none of the TS’s had splitters or guards, and they all had numerous mechanical issues as well. I had a piece kick back like he was showing and catch me in the stomach. It was hard enough that I had to take a couple of minutes and recompose myself.

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 01:49 PM

the guy doing the demo is a regular over @ woodnet and he posted this about a year or so ago over there. after my relatively minor 2 stitch encounter with a TS blade 8 years ago, i’ve never allowed my hands anywhere near as close as his came to that blade. his “after i changed my shorts…...” comment about sums it up.

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 01:57 PM

I calculated TS blade tip speed once and if I remember correctly, it’s about 100mph.



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#9 posted 09-15-2012 02:34 PM

Those push blocks he was using weren’t the right kind to use for a table saw either, he failed to mention that in his video, I custom built mine in which places my hand way above where his was and my pushers also have a drop down lip that rest up against the back edge of the board while pushing it to give it a no slip option also helps keep the board plum with the blade and the fence not allowing any turning what so ever.

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 02:36 PM

Yeah, I thought I read once it was about 104-105 mph. Trust me, from experience, its fast and hurts. I took a piece of quarter round I was ripping free (like an idiot) to the stomach. Huge bruise and a permanent imprint of quarter round on my stomach to remind me. Good lesson though.

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 02:56 PM

Yeah, at least that guy is smart enough to be aware that, that was the dumbest thing he’s ever done….”A lot of people out there right now calling me a idiot” Well add me to that list…...Idiot

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#12 posted 09-15-2012 03:19 PM

I just watched an episode of “woodsmith” on PBS…..guess what…..No rivving knife. Now, some dadoes were being cut, and I know theres that whole “safety devices moved for clarity” line, but there should of at least been some mention of the fact.

I have been a painful victim of kickback. I got a bruise on my stomach that lasted for a few months. Luckily my hands were nowhere near the blade…..btw….no rivving knife there either. :-S

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#13 posted 09-15-2012 03:31 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I have a splitter that mounts to my Zero Clearance insert. I’ve had it for nearly a year and it is still in the packaging.

Now I have a new project for the morning – thanks again.

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#14 posted 09-15-2012 03:51 PM

A friend went to the ER a few weeks ago from kickback. The wood got him. 31 stitches on the tops of his fingers. OUCH !

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#15 posted 09-15-2012 04:06 PM

That made my stomach hurt just watching it. You know the feeling, like watching as the twin towers fell or as the Challenger came apart.

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