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Forum topic by Roger posted 02-17-2012 12:59 PM 2565 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2012 12:59 PM

Take a look at this video. It should scare you into being more aware of not being safe.Grandpa shared this link with me, and, Tom, the guy in the video, is a very good guy. He’s a gr8 woodworker, and a very educational guy.
I love anybody who mentions “common sense” in any sentence. Those 2 words are missing in too many peoples heads. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 01:11 PM


I saw this on another post. Everyone should see this! Thanks for passing this on to the masses.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 01:19 PM

This is really scary!
I’ve always afraid of these machines, but now even more!


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#3 posted 02-17-2012 01:25 PM

don’t be afraid of these machines, be respectful…..

-- cut that out!

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 01:30 PM

OK are you trying to keep me out of the shop.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 01:33 PM

just tryin to remind everyone, safety first. AND, what millzit said: “respect your tools” now, superd: git back out there n make some dust…. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 01:39 PM

A good video to demonstrate exactly what kickback looks like. It’s surprising how close his fingers really came to the blade, even with a push block. It sure shows the benifit of the splitter/riving knife.
Thanks for the reminder!

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 01:39 PM

WOW! I can appreciate the purpose behind the demonstration but that was crazy. I have to admit that I AM AN IDIOT. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be reinstalling my blade guard. I originally removed it becuase it kept pulling my work-piece into the blade, but that could be becuase I didn’t install it correctly from the start. At any rate, on goes the guard. Thanks for posting this Roger.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 01:41 PM

Good video Roger. It really makes you think…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 02:15 PM

Every guy who has a table saw or router table should see this. If you have kids that work in your shop with you this is a must see video for them.

Accidents happen fast

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 02:17 PM

On the original post I made a few safety observations that seemed to have upset the man in the video. That was not my intent.

My intent was to point out for someone new to woodworking not to do this. And I am only repeating this because the use of a push block has already been mentioned here.

He used a push block only because that was the only way he felt he could get the block of would to turn into the backside of the blade.

A push block was not designed to be used on a table saw. It is dangerouse to do so because it puts your hand too low and close to the blade.

A push HANDLE that is 8 to 10 inches long is what should be used. Most manufacturers provide these with a new saw and provide a full size template in the owners manual for making wooden replacements.

Now I know that a lot of people are going to say they feel more comfortable and feel they have more control using a push block.

All I can say to that is go back and watch that video again, and ask yourself, would I rather have a kick back happen with my hand within a couple of inches of the blade ? Or my hand 8-10 inches away from the blade?

A push handle is easy to use on a properly aligned table saw.

BTW, push blocks were originaly designed for use with a jointer.

By his own admission he said that demonstration was a pretty stupid thing to do, I agree, but did come out of it with all his pickers still intact and does give us a very graphic illustration of the dangers of a kick back.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 02:27 PM

Tom’s an awesome guy and I’m so glad he wasn’t hurt!
I thought for a second the blade nicked his hand.

Kickback is no joke, controlled environment or not…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 02:43 PM

He does have some very good info on his web site. Some stuff I learned and forgot long ago and some stuff I’ve never seen.

It’s great to have a good site to go to for some new and refresher training. The ole brain cells just ain’t what they used to be ! LOL

He’s got a miter slot tuning video that’s great. I barely remember my dad doing that years ago but I had long forgotten about it until i saw it on Toms site last night.

I’ll be exploreing his site more this weekend.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#13 posted 02-17-2012 02:44 PM

My only TS kick-back came when trying to rip 3/8in X 1/4in stock for window pane retainers. I was trying to rip from TOO small of a base piece of stock (maybe 1in to 1 1/2in wide). Had the riving knife on, but the piece was smaller than my fence mounted Board Buddies could reach to hold down. I was using two push blocks, each about 12-18in in length. POW, and I found my small piece of stock ~30ft behind me out in the driveway (had the door up at the time).

Got a minor scrape at the base of my left hand and no damage to my right, but BOTH push blocks were knocked out of my hands. It was like an explosion and I stood there for several seconds, trying to process what had just happened.

Next time I need to rip strips that small, I will either use a really wide piece to rip from on the TS, or better yet, use the BS instead!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 02-17-2012 03:46 PM

Thanks Roger Like I said I was not sure where to place the video. For a push stick I use 1/2 or 3/4 inch dowell rod 1/2 inch with rubber crutch tips on the end

-- Grandpaj

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#15 posted 02-17-2012 03:58 PM

Wow… I’ve been putting off getting a new table saw, but now I think I have to! That was scary!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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