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Alex Lane

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 01:31 AM

I think this topic may be a bit saturated with advice (and some pretty good wit) but it seems to be quite sound advice to have a splitter installed, and anti-kickback pawls if possible (board buddies might work). Combined with a proper stance to be out of the firing line and the face shield plus safety glasses, you should be relatively safe from face impacts. Make sure you are aware of the condition of the piece you’re cutting…does it have warps or bows or a non-straight edge against the table or fence? Or is it a moist piece? If so take the necessary measures to give yourself a stable non wobbly workpiece. Featherboards can be good at times and even a power feeder might help although that’s very expensive. I have yet to buy a set of grr-rippers but it seems like a wise investment.

And I love the uvex bionic by the way. Combined with a comfy low profile dust mask (like the RZ Mask) you should be good. There’s always risk with power tools. Just be as aware as possible. The only way I could say to totally prevent chance of kickback would be to copy Roy Underhill and use hand saws :-)

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