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#1 posted 04-28-2009 04:19 AM

woodworm, thats what I meant – if there is a safer way, why insist of using the more dangerous one?

One thing to note though, based on the sketch (nicely done by the way – and it shows the exact scenario). the bit will be “pushing” the board towards the push stick – in that aspect, this setup is correct, and that is the reason for the LEFT->RIGHT feeding direction. I have no beef with that.


what I AM concerned about is:

1. the board will be PINCHED between the bit and the fence, this is NEVER a good thing, in a perfect situation , all is well, and it’ll pass to the end (another problem … but I’ll get to that in a moment) but we know wood, and it moves, and it’s never a perfect scenario, and it only takes 1 chip/grain/whatever to catch on the bit, or create extra pressure, and all hell breaks loose… again – you only need this scenario to happen ONCE in your woodworking career to end it… just one.

2. consider the face that you pushed the board all the way through the bit, take a closer look -where is your body positioned? where is your hand (on the push block , right next to an exposed spinning bit)? where is your arm (above the spinning bit – yeah, not where I want MY arm to be) and you still have to push through the featherboards.

it worries me that people don’t care to see the potential for a disaster in this scenario… but like I said – I can only point out pitfalls, I can’t make you chose your work methods. I’m glad some people DO see it though.

cheers, and be safe.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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