I thought it would be interesting to see just how far you guys are
willing to go for workshop safety.The reason? well I read some articles
on a board about after searching for a safety fence for my planer and it
seems everyone shuts the stable door after the horse has bolted.One guy
saws his fingers and then thinks about getting a dustcap and
splitter.Dont get me wrong I take risks everytime the cap comes
off...but the moment I`ve done doing what I need to do it goes back
on.My machines are all to NEN safety levels here in Holland.I still have
all my fingers after 23 years in the industry
SO what price?
my SO urged me to spend a $1000 on and aigner fence for my moulder
(shaper) so I did
For me, safety is not a price issue. However, I have to understand and be
convinced that a real issue exists and there is something significant I can
do about it before I will spend money. If reasonable caution is all that's
required to be safe, then I won't spend any money. Let me give some
Drill Press - This device can do some damage if you get your shirt tangled
in it or don't secure your work with large bits. The answer is simple -
roll up your sleeves (or button them tight) and use simple clamps or vice
to secure the workpiece. I've seen pictures of big swing away guards for
drill presses. I will never own one because I am not convinced I need one.
Table saw - Everyone I know is convinced that a table saw is a dangerous
device. Its a balancing act between comfort and control, dust collection,
and safety. The three fight each other and every solution has compromises.
I used a few commercial and shop built push sticks. I built a zero tolerance
throat plate. I wanted to replace the factory blade guard and splitter. We
are not blessed with the European Riving knife and guard designs in the
states. I've pursued buying the European parts for my saw but to no avail.
I was willing to spend $200-$300 for this setup. I recently learned about
the Grip-Tite 2000 magnetic featherboard system. I was so excited about
this that I gladly spent $135. Every day I use them I'm convinced these are
well worth the investment. I no longer need or use old conventional push
sticks. I also bought two GRRipper devices. I was not convinced to spend
$70 each on them, but when they reached $39 each on sale, I bought both. I
like them, but I would not spend the money for two again. I much prefer the
Grip-Tite system. I absolutely refuse to spend $200-$400 for an over blade
guard system. The reason is that they all have lousy to moderate dust
control pickup. Instead I've spent $50 for materials and I am constructing
I've never bought / made a router circle jig for circles under 6". The
circle cutter in the DP works wonderfully, but it is one of those things
that scares me so a guard is in order.
BTW, the circle cutter can make holes or wheels depending on how you set it
up. It is a useful tool. I don't have any router bits that have a thinner
kerf than the DP circle cutter.
What speed are you turning yours? The instructions say what, 500 rpm? I
can't get my dp down past 660 or something like that. But, is your center
bit straight? Does it wallow out just a bit? I've tried to line mine up but
to no avail.
"Cartoons don't have any deep meaning.
They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh."
My Jet floor DP goes all the way down to 200 RPM. ;-) The Sears Craftsman
bench DP I had before it would only go down to about 700 RPM, IIRC. The
tool does state 500 RPM max.
The center bit wobbles a little but it doesn't seem to affect the accuracy
of the hole.
I got an inexpensive set of forstner bits that go up to 2" so I don't have
to use the circle cutter for anything 2" or smaller anymore. Got mine from
Grizzly, here's a similar set from HF that are even less expensive.
I have lived in the Nethelands for 12 years now but when I first got
here I was always used to english machines and the likes of,over the
years I sort of transferred over to the continental style stuff but
before then I have always made use of small engineering companies and
schools who were more than willing to fabricate stuff to my specs and
amazingly the cost was often less than the factory equivalent.So what
about getting behind the drawing board and getting the riving knife
holder made.if not try here they export to the states and know their
stuff Ive used them before with a lot of success.Suva is sort of
recognised here as the market leader in dustcaps and riving knives
Now that's an interesting approach. I live in an area where there are tons
of machine shops. But they all service the chemical, petroleum and oil
exploration industries. I don't even amount to the sales tax on their work.
Thanks for the tip.
An aquaintance in Ireland sent me photos and excerpts from the Jet manual
showing the parts, but I have to find a willing dealer to get them for me.
Jet Europe could care less about a small order from the states.
mail these people and explain your situation(dont worry about doing it
in english most people here speak it)Jet Europe wont deal with end users
few help words to navigate the site
Producten =Products (difficult one that)
Houtbewerkingsmachines = woodwork machines
Merken = makers
Tafelcirkelzaag = table saw
its worth the effort and they were pretty friendly with me...I speak
dutch so if you dont have any luck let me know I can probably organise
it from this end
wrobertdavis firstname.lastname@example.org says...
Could you (or anyone) provide me with a list of top European
woodworking equipment suppliers? I witnessed a pretty eye-opening
kick-back yesterday and would like to check out other safety options
available. Plus, you never know - those furriners' may just know a
thing or two.
Thanks. (And no, I haven't done a google search yet, but I will later
and will post my results.)
(re: kick-back) The root cause was unsafe technique. He was cutting
a piece of luan with the bowed edges up. It rocked, caught, spun it
around the top of the blade and shot it square into his lower
stomach/upper groin. He went down in a hurry, and it was "only" a
piece of luan about 24" square. He's ok now. It makes me want to
take another look at leather aprons.
Hammer http://www.hammer.co.at (essentially Felder it looks like)
Robland and Knapp appear to be covered by
This is pretty much it for European woodworking toolmakers.
Minimax: http://www.minimax-usa.com /
Laguna: http://www.lagunatools.com /
SCM group: http://www.scmgroup-usa.com/main_html.html
Agazzani bandsaws: http://www.eagle-tools.com/Pages/agazzani.html
Altendorf: http://www.altendorfamerica.com /
Who else am I missing, Keith?
Replace "nonet" with "yukonomics" for real email address
Impressive idea, but it seems to me that its rocket science at its most
impractical. I'd rather spend all my money and time on prevention, rather
than hoping this gadget will work someday. I think its application would be
in a production shop where there are lots of somewhat skilled workers.
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