Mon, Aug 2, 2004, 12:39pm firstname.lastname@example.org (Gary) says:
This weekend wasn't a good one <snip> First cut, an approximately 2'X4'
cut off the end. Whamm! <snip>
I've been pondering your tale, since I first read it. I've cut
plywood like that plenty of times, even as little as 2" X 48", with no
problems. So, I'm not sure what you did. Maybe angled it a bit. I
always make very sure it is firm against the fence. The largest I've
ever cut tho, was 4'X4', that's as large as I thinkg I can safely handle
by myself. I'm thinking you should have used a circular saw, and a
straight-edge. I do that a lot, rather than use my saw.
Sunday morning, gluing up the drawers, I needed a 4"X6" block of 3/4
ply. Guard in place, I attempted to cut the piece off a 12" piece of
Done that plenty of times too, with no prob. However, I also
usually just stuff that size on the scrollsaw, unless I need an
absolutely straight cut. Maybe the bandsaw, but prefer the scrollsaw.
However, when I do use the tablesaw, on a piece near that size, I use
two pushsticks, not one. I keep my fingers well away from the whirly
part. I "have" had cut pieces floating on the table top, but never had
any kick back, because I use a push stick to flick it off the top.
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