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#1 posted 03-17-2015 03:12 PM

Thanks for all the posts.


I think it must just be the angle of the photo. The featherboard was before the blade. I should have photographed it straight down from above. In the last 2 photos, I think the featherboard had been moved. Maybe that’s what you’re looking at. The first few photos show it exactly where it was, since I had clamped a little improvised hold-down on it and it’s still clamped I can see in the 1st photo. In any case, the pieces were well past the featherboard when the cut completed.


I can’t imagine using a 2×6 for a push stick. It would be too heavy for me! I use thin sticks with a step on the end. I can apply down pressure, side presure and push at the same time. In this case, the push stick I don’t think was an issue during the cut. I completely agree that the push stick does not control the off-cut.


Thanks for reminding me of the micro-jig splitters on a ZCI. That would also have prevented the iincident. On the other hand, I’ve had this saw for 15 years and always use the guard for through cuts (not, obviously for grooving cuts). Without the gaurd, there is no splitter at all – which is, in my opinion, worse. I’ve never had any problem seeing the cut. Also, the guard in this case kept the flying piece down low – preventing it from flying up into my face. I may have had a full-face shiled on (I sometimes forget to use it), but even so, I’m sure I’m better off getting hit in the belly (where I have some considerble padding), than in the face.


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