Thanks for all the stories. I read them all and categorized them by
machine. I printed them out and have a full binder of lots and lots
of stories now.
The site http://www.woodworking2.org/AccidentSurvey/search.htm was
excellent too. It gave me hundreds of pages of stories.
I hope everyone learns that all tools are dangerous if not used with
respect and care. I continue to add new stories to my binder when I
For table saws too there is a site http://www.sawstop.com /
SteveA let me know of it.
It's an amazing product, looks like it would protect your fingers if
you accidentally came in contact with the blade.
As a new woodworker (who doesn't own a table saw yet), I just want to say
thanks to most of the folks who have contributed to this thread. I have
learned something from at least two of the stories. For instance, it
hadn't occurred to me that having one's hand on the work behind the blade
(say, between the fence and the blade) could get one in trouble.
Maybe, maybe not...
Think through a cut. Know where both hands are going before you turn
the machine on. If in doubt, rethink the operation.
Fear of a machine gets people hurt. Respect of a machine keeps
people safe. Know the difference to be safe.
** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
If you have a radial arm saw in the shop, turn it into a rip position, take
a 20 - 40 page suppliers catalog, toss it into the spinning blade from the
direction opposite to what you would normally use. Shreds and throws the
pages nicely. To be preceeded with a safety lesson on saws.
Another kid in my shop class was working on the lathe and his long
sleeve sweater got caught. Lucky for him the sweater was ripped
completely off his body and all he got were brush burns from the
fabric. That sweater hung over the doorway for the rest of the school
year. Happened so fast nobody could even think about hitting the red
Had somebody immediately hit the red button, it would probably have been too
late because the intertia of the motor would have kept it turning for
several revs, though with less power.
I believe that the safest motors are those into which a current is injected
to stop the machine more or less instantaneously.
Red buttons are useful if things are flying off a machine, or it is on fire!
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
email : Username is amgron
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