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Blog entry by xraydav posted 02-16-2014 11:12 PM 1724 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I planned on constructing a feather board for much of the past 7 years. I also planned on replacing the splitter on my table saw for much of that same time. A few weeks back I was running a piece of 1/4” plywood through the saw to square up the edges before framing it. It was 7”x10”. It was a sign my daughter and grand daughter gave me for Christmas that said “Grampy’s Workshop” I pushed the final edge through and retrieved it on the other side of the blade, then as I was bringing it back to the front of the saw, it slipped from my hands and hit the blade. It hit me with such force, this small piece of ply, that instantly I said to myself, Uh Oh. At first I thought I was OK but the pain lasted and so later I went up the the bathroom and pulled up my shirt… this is what I saw.
Do your self a favor. Do not remove the splitter. Use a feather board. And never use a saw when your not focused.

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 11:27 PM

Hope you weren’t hurt too bad. Accidents happen so fast especially around a table. Last year I had a small piece of wood kick back and hit my hand. I had a welt the size of a golf ball. Stay safe!

-- Greg from Blaine, MN

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 11:34 PM

I had almost the same thing happen to me. last summer, I was running a 1/4” piece of plywood thru the saw and had a kick back that hit me in the chest so hard it put me right to the floor for about 2 min. Three days later I had a black n blue mark all across my chest. I actually thought I broke some ribs, but I was lucky.
Now I only use a sled or the old splitter that came with the saw.
Those saws have some real power and can really hurt you if you give them a chance.
Good luck to you!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 11:45 PM

Sorry for the traumatic TS trouble and injury!

Thankfully, you are well enough to post….
So we can all learn from the experience.

I hope you heal quickly & get the splitter installed and feather boards even faster!!!

-- 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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#4 posted 02-17-2014 03:20 AM

I got one of those, but not as bad as that, in the first year I was learning woodworking. It was a great teacher. Many years later, after working on a lot of bottom line saws, I bought a SawStop and I use some pretty heavy duty feather boards and never run the saw without a splitter.

Sorry that happened, but I promise you will never forget it and always be a safer woodworker.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 03:22 AM

7×10 piece of 0.25” ply? Ouch. Glad is wasn’t something bigger and heavier.


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#6 posted 02-17-2014 05:45 AM

Hope you heal quickly. I must say, it has been years since I used a feather board. However, just this week, i purchased on from HF, as I as making some new beds for my kids. I could tell the difference on how the wood was going past the dado blade

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 09:38 AM

Having the right tools is always preferred. However, I believe that your last statement was possibly the most important. Being focused on what you are doing. If I find that I am having trouble focusing on my project, i leave the shop. For me it’s usually when I am tired. Not worth the injuries.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 01:17 PM

We have a poster at work that I like. “Tomorrow is the reward for working safe today.”

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 02:54 PM

That picture brings back memories. I was trimming some 1/4” ply on the tablesaw, to make my wife a cake board. As I was trimming it to width, the outbound side began to flutter, and the blade caught it. It spun back at me counterclockwise, and hut me in the stomach. My daughter’s biyfriend back then was standing at the right wing, and he goes, “Ooooh!!!” You would have thought he took the hut. It raised a blood welt immediarely. I bought a splitter at the Woodworkinh Show in Indy last month, a MJ Splitter, byt it’s still in the box.
This happened probably 16 years ago. I take my time with thin ply. I wish you a speedy recovery.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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