There's no reason for a piece that short to have ever been introduced
to the back/top teeth of the blade. Raise the blade all the way, cut
in half way, back out, cut from the other end. If you don't pass the
back teeth I believe backing out is safe. Safer than intentionally
allowing a kickback anyway. Keep a push stick pushing down close to
the front of the blade to keep the stock from chattering, both as you
make the cut and as you back out. I cut small stuff like that all the
time this way, but I have learned to never let anything that small
near the back of the blade, unless you enjoy having little splinters
come flying towards your face at high speed.
Do not raise blade all the way up (3 inches), you will surley be asking for
I think everyone is over reacting to this, think about it the blade is only
1/4" out of the table and only 1/8" above material. Assuming the gap between
the blade and insert is 1/16" or less a push stick is very acceptable for
this cut. Although saftey glasses are a must reguardless what you are
Just my .02
I suggest you rethink the level of safety in which you feel comfortable
working. Why would you not take 60 seconds to build a thin strip cutting
jig? They are safe, simple and when the saw is set, you don't have to move
the fence for each cut.
I just had an "almost" this weekend. Was ripping some purpleheart on my
ancient saw and it started warping shut behind the blade. Got it a ways
back behind the blade and carefully wedged it open, then finished the cut.
I need to either figure out how to put a splitter on that saw (didn't
come with one, no room on the insert behind the blade) or else get a new
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