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Posted on Tablesaw Kickback - What Did I Do Wrong?

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#1 posted 04-18-2020 07:00 PM

Those work pieces are too short to feed through a table saw, it is very easy for the rear of the piece to tip into the back of the blade, kick back is what you get when that happens. Also now would be the time to tune your saw and make sure that the rip fence is parallel to the miter slots and that the blade is as well. When work pieces are that short you have to look at alternative methods to make your dados, using a router table would have been much safer. Part of safety is considering the proper order to make your cuts, typically one of the last steps should be cutting to final length. I hope you didn’t ruin your box cutting blades but sometimes a kick back will spring a blade out of shape. Don’t ask me how I know that.

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