Thanks to all the jocks I still have fingers"springboard "

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Blog entry by Dandog posted 03-08-2011 08:07 AM 1620 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I was building an observation beehive. I was on the table saw cutting some pine and I noticed that the board was opening up on the cut. Then I noticed a Gap between the fence and the board in the middle of the board. Right then I thought of the blog on springboard. I think that’s what you call it? I had never heard of such a thing before that blog.Instead of trying to push the cut through. I let off the foot pedal. {I use a foot pedal for everything. I always have two hands and I don’t have to reach down or take my eyes off.}Anyway whoever wrote that blog, I thank you, my girl thanks you, my family thanks you and my wallet thanks you. I knew only bad things would come of this cut because of what you wrote in your blog.

Can’t thank you enough .I have learned so much on this site!!
Dan ;-)

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 08:39 AM

I realized I should elaborate a little bit more. Springboard is when wood grows under tension. Either it is a Bent trunk or it is a heavy can blow up in your face when cutting on the tablesaw.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 03:17 PM

Dan, now stories like this are ones I enjoy reading. I am glad that you came out of this with everything intact. Too often we get in the mindset that we have to complete a cut once it is started rather than “losing” the workpiece and forget that injuries often can be the end result of continuing to force the cut.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 04:28 PM

Now, that foot pedal idea is one worth using, for sure. There will be situations where it wouldn’t work, but for most of what I do, I’ll try it. Congrats on keeping your fingers.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 07:39 PM

one reason i like to use a splitter on my table saw. it keeps the wood from moving away from the fence after the blade

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 08:12 PM

I really like the riving knife on my TS. Never used a splitter on my old saw because it was such a hassle. I always use the riving knife or splitter / blade guard on my new saw because it is so quick and easy to set up whatever configuration I need. Not to mention, the riving knife is more effective because it is much closer to the blade regardless of blade height. Riving knives should have been standard on all table saws years ago. For that matter, they should be standard on circular saws also.

-- Greg D.

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 04:13 AM

Love to read this kind of news. First, I’m glad you are still in fine shape and all intact; second, Thank you Martin for this site. This sharing of information is priceless.

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 05:21 AM

yes thank you Martin! !
and thanks to you guys but I don’t think this is a situation where a riving knife could have helped. The board was literally bowling from the middle of the book of the board out.I’m just glad I stopped when I did. All cross cut it and use it for something else.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 07:40 PM

This is 33% of why I use hand tools. The other bits being cost and noise (can’t stand noise). But thank god, for every person who learns something on here and stays safe, it’s like a little miracle in a way, isn’t it? I know I’ve saved some skin and blood thanks to LJ.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 09:53 PM

I once had a close call on my router table. Because of something I read Here, the way I was holding my hands saved my fingers. I don’t like the odds of flesh vs 29,000 rpm spinning carbide.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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