|Forum topic by dusty2||posted 05-14-2009 03:54 PM||1287 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-14-2009 03:54 PM
Today I narrowly avoided what could have been a serious mishap. A” Little Voice” nagging at me may have saved me from a disaster.
Earlier this week I installed a new cutter head in my jointer. With the new cutter head installed, I then proceeded to align the three blades for proper position and depth of cut. All went well though it took a bit longer than I had expected. One doesn’t change blades on a jointer every day and the procedure gets foggy.
When done, I turned it on, made a single pass to check it out and all looked well so I turned it off and there it sat until this morning – unused.
I am getting ready for a project that is going to require a lot of jointing so I thought I better double check everything. As I enter the shop, that little, often nagging voice kept warning me to check things out before you start. I yielded and performed some basic checks. Much to my horror, I found that the three lock screws that hold one of the blades secure in the cutter head were only finger tight. I had not gone back to lock them in place when I finished the alignment.
I am so thankful that I listened. I may have just avoided a real wood shop disaster.
Our toys can be very dangerous. We all know what to do and what not to do but so often we disregard what we have learned. Don’t do that – pay attention to those lessons that we were taught. It may just save us from a trip to the ER.
-- Making Sawdust Safely