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Forum topic by bowyer posted 02-10-2009 05:53 AM 933 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2009 05:53 AM

Well I just got done working in my shop/garage and realized that I learned another valuable wood working lesson you won’t read about in a book or see on TV. There is no “safe ” direction to point the hose of a shop-vac when you use the exhaust port to clear out an obstruction!!! (I’ve been meaning to replace that window anyway) so what valuable tid bits of info do the rest of you have to share??

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 06:47 AM

The belt sander works great for doing your nails.

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John Gray

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 07:12 AM

Wait until the table saw blade stops rotating before picking up the wood you just cut.
And I wonder why they can’t put a blade brake on a table saw? Anybody know why? Is it just cost?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 07:16 AM

My saw has a blade brake. It stops in about 5 seconds. They are very expensive and I don’t know if they can be retrofitted. I believe most, if not all, saws in shops in Europe are required to have blade brakes. My saw is made in Austrian and came with the brake.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 09:21 AM

Another tip. Orient your lathe at 90 degrees to a window. The natural light is nice but I took out a $150 piece of glass when a bowl came off the mount (-: Of course I guess it could have gone the other way and broke my nose.

Sawstop is making a table saw with a break that stops the blade instantly if your fingers hit it (or a wiener dog as they demonstrate). Problems is how much are your fingers worth. Woodcraft sells it and it is expensive. Somewhere around $3,600.00+ Also Sawstop doesn’t just stop the blade it “crashes” the saw and costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 to repair it. So how much are your fingers worth????

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 11:16 AM

Sawstop’s contractor saw starts around $1700 plus any options. About half what the cabinet saw costs. When the stop is triggered you only have to replace the blade and the cartridge. Cartridge is about $80, so that and whatever you spend on a blade is the cost to get the saw running again. Even with a Forrest WWII blade that’s still under $200, not $350. My fingers are worth a hell of a lot more than that.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 02-10-2009 05:09 PM

Don’t go back into the shop wearing thongs even though you are just doing something real quick you just left incomplete.

Unless, of course, you love waiting around the ER to get stitches in your foot. I have never dropped a wood chisel on my shoes…only my bare foot.

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#7 posted 02-10-2009 05:21 PM

chisels and plane blades are similar to cats –
but while cats always land on their feet, the blades always land on their edge

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 02-10-2009 05:59 PM

PS – I didn’t mean a brake like the Saw Stop I meant a brake that works when you shut the saw off like on some/most circular saws.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 02-10-2009 08:19 PM

I stand corrected on the costs of the Sawstop saws. My experience is the inexpensive models just don’t do the best job but Sawstop is making a quality product from the reports I have read.

I don’t know how I survived 40 years of saw use without an incident (besides a couple of kick backs) and 60 years of bicycle riding without a helmet, knee, and elbow pads. Just lucky i guess (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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