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Well its been a while since i’ve logged in. Wish it was because I completed something fun, but I had a close call today. shot a 8” piece of malamine 15 feet into my drywall. Its the small hole to the right of the 2 electrical boxes on the back wall. Left a pretty mark on the board too. Pretty sure i’ve seen this same exact arc cut from another guy on this forum when he shot a piece of wood into his belly. I was wearing saftey goggles so i guess i’m not completely stupid.

I’m thinking about buying a shark guard splitter now.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#1 posted 441 days ago

Glad you weren’t hurt. I love my SharkGuard, but the time from order to delivery was an eternity when I ordered mine.

-- Art

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#2 posted 441 days ago

I was looking at some other posts and learned about the gripper by microjig. Looks like a pretty nice safety tool. I need to put a splitter on as well.

Funny how I just read that a push stick can raise the front of the piece causing it to want to kick back, which is exactly what I did.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#3 posted 441 days ago

would a riving knife have prevented that? I am considering a Back saw for small boards like that to prevent the higher risk of kickback.

-- Stop thinking, let things happen... and be the ball.

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#4 posted 441 days ago

I have always distrusted the push sticks that are no more than a notch in the end of a stick. If your pusher doesn’t hold down the board, the leading edge wants to climb the saw blade (strange but true, especially with short material). I only buy or make push sticks that have a significant extension going over at least 6 inches of the stock so I can hold it down at the beginning of the cut. Gives much better control, in my experience. You can make a very serviceable push stick with 1/4” (or thicker) ply. Cheap and disposable. Put a handle on that elevates your hand well above the blade.

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#5 posted 441 days ago would have prevented that.

They also make an after market splitter

-- Joe

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#6 posted 441 days ago

Not using a splitter is only part of what went wrong here. At 8”, the piece of melamine is too f’in short to rip safely of a TS . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 441 days ago

Bingo, MC. I’m using my miter sled for that cut.

-- jay,

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#8 posted 441 days ago

Cosmicsniper and montecristo, can you point me to a good miter sled, or did you guys just make your own?

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#10 posted 441 days ago

I feel your pain…..literally. I think I may be the guy you’re referring to that got hit in the belly. It does happen fast doesn’t it? I have the piece hanging on my garage door (shop door) to remind me all the time not to do stupid things. Here’s a picture.

That little piece of red in the middle of the cut is my DNA. I don’t know about the shark splitter, but have heard of the microjig splitter. Seems to be popular. Bottom line, get anything to help. My solution was to finally get a new tablesaw with a riving knife (Ridgid 4512). To be fair, my other tablesaw was a piece of crap.

Oh, and I see waho609 has posted a link to cutoff sleds. Definitely make one of those. Not only safer, but makes very accurate cuts easily. Very easy to build.

-- -- Don from PA

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#11 posted 441 days ago

I don’t think a splitter would help in this case. Perhaps one of those splitters that curves way up over the leading edge of the saw blade would keep it from catching the teeth of the saw blade and circling back on the user?

Frankly, I don’t see how a sled would help either unless the sled has a clamp to lock down the piece as you are cutting it. It doesn’t look to me like the piece was “pinched” against the fence. As runswithscissors noted, there is always a tendency for a board to want to “climb” at the front end of the saw blade since the blade is traveling up at that point. Once it climbs a little, the teeth of the saw catch and turn the piece to throw it back at the user. The circular pattern on the bottom of this piece is pretty good evidence that is what happened. And a sled won’t help with that.

I haven’t used Grrrippers but I quite often use a featherboard on the fence to keep the stock tight against the table. I think that would have helped more in this case than a splitter or sled.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#12 posted 441 days ago

A properly installed riving knife prevents this from happening. No other add on gimmick or hold down can do what a riving knife does.

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#13 posted 441 days ago

A splitter is a good idea whenever possible. So is a ZCI…

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#14 posted 441 days ago

It could have been worse…. you almost damaged your air conditioner!

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

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#15 posted 441 days ago

There are folks on here that brag about having a saw for years and the splitter and guard have never been out of the package. One of the reasons I updated my saw was to gain the riving knife and an improved guard.

-- Friends don't let friends use right tilt contractor saws......

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