Table Saw Kick-to-Stop Safety Paddle

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Table Saw Kick-to-Stop Safety Paddle
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I’ve been meaning to make this thing ever since I got my table saw about three years ago. There’s a little pin on the back of the vertical piece that rides against the saw’s tiny stop button. So, by kicking the paddle with my knee, I can turn off the saw without having to look or fumble around for the little button. I figure it will be lots more convenient than the way it was, and that it might even save my bacon someday if I need to turn the saw off quickly while both hands are busy trying to keep a workpiece under control.

I didn’t want to drill holes in my saw to mount the paddle, so I just stuck it on the cabinet with some 3M mounting tape. If the tape holds, I’m in business. If it doesn’t, then I’ll break down and drill a couple of holes for some bolts.

Made from scraps of poplar and 1/4” plywood. Tastefully finished with latex paint.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 06:11 AM

I like it. Many times I wished I had an easier way to turn off my table saw when fumbling for the off switch.

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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 01:16 PM

A great idea if the OFF switch is tiny – mine has a flap over the top and like you I usually operate it with my knee whilst holding on to the work pieces until the saw stops.

I guess that screws or epoxy might prove necessary, but well worth doing.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 04:10 PM

When I changed out my first table saw for my current saw, I found the paddle switch on the new one to be far easier to deal with. This is a great upgrade, both for convenience and safety reasons.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 07:26 PM

I put my sears contractor saw on a rolling cabinet base after 30 years on a home built furniture dolly type base. I had always had trouble finding the small switch to turn it off, the switch was also on the right side which was all wrong for me… I built a kick switch that turns the saw on and off with a toe under a bar that goes all the way across the front of the saw and is about 6 inchs above the floor. I just give it a kick to turn it off, no look is ever necessary. This has been in use for 5 years without any trouble. The kick switch is really handy when riping long work pieces and when working sheet goods. I can lockout the plug if I feel the need. I personally would not operate a table saw or router table without a kick switch in my shop. regards phil

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 08:07 PM

@Phil: Do you have a picture of the kick switch? That sounds pretty interesting.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 01:49 AM

Great idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 02:35 PM

@Phil: Same here, would like to see a pic of it.

@Rmac: Nice Idea and good thinking. If the 3M tape don’t hold you might try a rare earth magnet. Just a thought.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 04:59 PM

@thelt: Good idea on the magnet. Thanks!

So far (after about a week) the tape is doing fine. I used it several months ago to stick some clamping pads to the underside of my bandsaw table. No problems with that so far, either.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#9 posted 02-12-2012 11:52 PM

This is the kick switch that I built to turn my saw off/on. This is so easy to use that I wouldn’t have a saw without one. The power switch is in line with the left side of the kick paddle and is a heavy duty household switch with a paddle that slides across the front pushing the switch on/off.

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 08:40 PM

Wow thanks for sharing this useful tips. I do used to tell a friend of mine to get a kickswitch but he won’t listen as he’s too stubborn. Just too dangerous when working with table saws. No one want to take a visit to the emergency room. Wood working bank

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