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#1 posted 04-15-2008 03:16 AM

I was doing a remodel job for my brother in law one year. I took a 15 inch long 2×4 and was ripping it down the centerline with the table saw blade angled at 45 degrees. I was standing on the right side of the saw and I reached around to grab the wood as it passed thru. Instead of grabbing its top and bottom, (yeah, you guessed it)- I grabbed the sides. This closed the kerf and pinched the blade, shooting that board like a missile. It also pulled my hand into the blade. I heard TING and thought, aw man, I connected. I looked at my right hand and the saw just barely cut the tip of my right middle finger. I was very, very lucky… and also very, very stupid. The finger healed with no stiches or loss in length (or even fingerprint).

Now, I use pushsticks, guards, jigs, featherboards, or anything else I can use to keep myself away from that big, sharp, spinning, metal wheel of death… lol.

Something else I use is a pressure switch. I have a on/off footpedal for my machines. It’s not the type that you press once and it’s on, press again and off. It’s the type that you have to keep your foot on to operate (like a sewing machine pedal). That way, if I get in a bind and can’t let go of the materal, I remove my foot and the machine stops. It’s handy as heck.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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