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Posted on Special needs son and woodworking.

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#1 posted 08-23-2017 01:43 AM

I am a SawStop owner and they are great table saws. But obviously it’s a choice like any other. You’re not going to be the worlds worst dad if you don’t get one.

One other point about SawStops. In addition to the braking feature, they also have really thought out how the riving knife and splitter/guard work (at least for the PCS model). As a result, these items are easy to use, easy to swap. So there is no excuse for not using them. That adds a lot of practical safety. I don’t have experience with other saws, so I’m not saying SawStop is better than other makes, but it an aspect to consider.

I also cast a vote for a keyed switch. And no matter how well behaved, a childlike mentality cannot be trusted. Especially when they have an interest. Temptation to use the tool, just this once without dad, is something that can happen.

Something else to consider is whether you need a table saw at all. Some people really enjoy using hand tools. People made all sorts of things before table saws were invented. Of course I have no idea what your son’s abilities are, so this is just an idea.

A good workbench and vise, a few good hand planes, some chisels, and saws and you can do just about anything. Sure it’s more work, but it might be more satisfying. And a lot harder to cut a finger off. Though I always seem to injure myself more with hand tools (small cuts, nothing big).

If this sounds at all interesting, I suggest you check out Paul Seller’s YouTube videos. Even if you don’t want to do it this way, it’s entertaining.

And, I too applaud you for working with your son and more so given the extra challenges you have. I look forward to seeing his first project post here on LJ.

-- Clin

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