Sounds extreme. Also puts him at the mercy of a downsloping off-feed table.
Generally, as soon as there's more than a couple of handwidths on the
outfeed, transfer there, "walking" the board so you keep things pretty well
referenced to the same spot on the table. Control with the right, don't
Stand to the side, toward the rear. Light cuts minimize possibility of
kickback, and, as I tell the kids at school, if it wants to go, LIFT YOUR
HANDS AND LET IT! Never seen kick except when surfacing.
BTW, if you ever want to see something scary, look at a leftie trying to
figure out how to feed!
Right. Also, I teach my students to keep a couple fingers, or part of the
hand over the top of the fence, so if a board does "leave", their weight, or
pressure, will be caught by the fence, without the need to react.
Good advice. I'd add this:
Do think about what kinds of injuries each tool could inflict, and how
you should react to each. Talk this over with anyone else in your household.
You and they should know:
- what to do for a severed bodypart
- how to get to the nearest hospital
- which hospital to go to for which kinds of injuries
- how and when to call 911
- where the main power cutoff switch in the shop is located
- where to find a fire extinguisher
- how to use pressure to stop bleeding
For example, your town may have several hospitals, and one may have
an emergency eye care facility, while another specializes in trauma
and a third has a really good hand specialist. It's important to discuss this
stuff ahead of time because that training will kick in if something ever
does happen that requires quick and correct action.
Then, be vigilant to ensure that you never need to use those emergency
Personally, I also avoid using dangerous machines when I'm the only one
in the house. It's not inconvenient, as I usually have plenty of other
work that involves nothing more hazardous than sandpaper or shellac.
Mark, while my post does not offer you a specific technique, I thought it
would be appropriate to direct you to my recently posted paper on safety. As
a Hobbyist Woodworker and a full time Risk Management Consultant for the
past 15 years, the words I share with you are directed toward an attitude
and mindset toward safety rather than a specific technique.
Good luck with the new tools, and when the hair on the back of your neck
stands up like a frightened cat, STOP! Step back and think about your next
move very carefully. http://www.woodworkinghobby.com/html/safety.html
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker
Just be aware of what you are doing. No leaning. No distractions.
No slippery floors. No drugs. Both feet on clean floor. Keep the
safety guard in place. Keep push blocks conveniently nearby. Don't
rush. It's not a particularly dangerous machine (it doesn't kick
back like a table saw can), but the knives are very sharp with the
machine on or off. When it comes time to change the knives, do so
...just a simple question. If the machine is capable of 1/64ths of an inch
cut and common wisdom is not to exceed 1/8" at a time on a 6" machine, how
can you ever get hurt unless the piece is too thin or narrow or short to
Only time I ever draw blood on the thing is in setting them up (twice
now!!!...cleaning the factory grease off before even plugging the damn
Been following the thread with only mild interest. I was really curious to
see how anyone ANYONE, as some poster had indicated could happen, could
accidentally feed stock the wrong way through a jointer. So far I haven't
seen the answer to that.
However, as to how one can hurt oneself taking only one 1/64" cut. While the
blades only extend an RCH above the outfeed table there is still relatively
a large opening between the infeed and outfeed table that will, should an
errant digit enter it, allow you to get quite a manicure.
Say a thin or short board being fed on the trailing edge with the bare hand
and too much pressure dipping into that gap.
My own fault. I let someone use one of my machines, and as they were
a "time served carpenter", I assumed they knew which way to feed it.
Turns out they'd never worked in a workshop before, only ever on-site.
As an "unqualified" amateur furniture maker looking for work, I'm
apparently only fit for minimum-wage labouring jobs. But some
2x4-muncher can pull a stunt like this.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
No matter how idiot proof a tool is, the world keeps coming up with bigger
and better idiots. Someone will run a piece that is too thin, too narrow,
or too short to begin with.
I can easily see someone taking a 6" wide cut 1/8" deep off the palm of
My dad can affirm that you can feed a suitably substantial piece of stock
the correct direction through a joiner, using the proper pusher, and taking
only the merest fraction of wood off, and still turn the tips of your
fingers into a fine red mist when the stock decides to jump. There is no
safe combination of joiner drum and human finger. The only way to avoid
serious injury on a joiner is to keep your fingers as far away (and
preferably downstream of the feed direction) as possible from the drum.
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