|Forum topic by jlar310||posted 03-22-2013 08:44 AM||2569 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-22-2013 08:44 AM
First post—go easy on me.
I’ve been looking at some techniques for making simple shop furniture drawers. The design I’ve chosen is a dado in the sides paired with a rabbet in the fronts and backs.
I’ve seen a lot of how-to pictures on the web of alleged experts cutting dadoes (or tenons) on the short side of a board using both the full length of the fence and the miter gauge. This seems to break all of the safety rules that I have learned in my (very) short time as a table saw owner. Is there something about this particular setup that makes it safe enough, or is this just one of those cases where you break the rules to get repeatable accurate cuts for drawers? While there is no offcut to get wedged, it seems the risk of kickback due to accidentally twisting the workpiece would be quite high.
Is this just not as dangerous as it looks? Or should I really be using a stop block on the fence before the blade as you would with a through crosscut?
-- Jeff, Saint Paul