My wife just bought me a nice table saw/router for Christmas, I set it
up, but have never used a Table saw before, any safety tips ?
Also...any one have some simple plans to learn the basics?
darryl firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
| Hi all,
| My wife just bought me a nice table saw/router for Christmas, I set
| it up, but have never used a Table saw before, any safety tips ?
Stay focused on what you're doing.
Keep body parts well away from whirly sharp objects.
Wear your safety glasses.
Google for and read up on "featherboard", "table saw sled", "table saw
Congratulations on both the table saw and the wife. If she's willing
to buy tools for you, she's definitely a "keeper"!
DeSoto, Iowa USA
In addition to the excellent advice, let me add.
It takes a lot longer to regrow flesh than it does for the tablesaw to
remove it and some of does not regrow.
A 1/4" dado blade will remove a 1/4/" section of your finger as easily as it
will remove the same amount of wood. Fortunately, I only had it set at
1/4" height. Still I have a reminder from the knuckle of my index finger
down around the end. Missed the nail though.
Kickback is "DEADLY." It can put a piece through your navel in a heartbeat.
Never, never use anything to keep the cut open on the far side of the blade
(except a designed splitter). Saw an article a few years ago when someone
used a screwdriver to keep the kerf open. A combination of several forces
implanted it screwdriver in his forehead. You can guess the consequences.
Get a dust collector, with less than a 1 micron filter bag. You only have
one set of lungs and emphysema is a nasty way to go.
End of horror stories.
Always observe the Golden Rule of any woodworking shop, "Begin with 10 and
end with 10."
All of that said, woodworking is not dangerous "IF" you use common sense,
keep alert and don't take short cuts with the machinery.
Wood (or is it Woodworkers Journal)magazine has an excellent set of jigs in
its latest issue. The most valuable, at least to me, is one of the
simplest to make. Just a little jig to do thin strips on the non-fence
side of the blade. I made a couple of mods to the jig which made it even
easier to make. Instead of putting dados and runners on the base piece, I
overlapped the bottom piece with the top piece and placed the runners so
they captured the bottom piece.
All the best. It is a wonderful hobby.
Amen to that. You should see the colors on my belly. 8" x 10" x 3/4" board
kicked back and hit me in the belly last week. Dropped me to my knees as
if someone had hit me with a baseball bat. The safety guard/anti kickback
pawl is going back on. Took it off because I was cutting grooves in the
boards after cutting to size and I was too lazy to put it back on. You'd
think after reaching 65 that I'd know better.
Something similar happened to me recently.
I think the number one rule regarding power tools is that when you are
"too tired" or "can't be bothered" to do what you know you should do then
it is time to pack up and have a beer.
One big thing no one has mentioned yet-
Never, ever, ever make a cut without using either the fence or miter
gauge. No matter how steady you think you are, the slightest twist
you make trying to cut freehand will really ruin your day, if not
seriously injure you.
First time I ever used a table saw, I didn't know that, and learned
about kickback *really* quick, when a 4'X8' sheet of 1/4" plywood came
off a benchtop saw and did it's best to chop me in half.
And a mistake I made was using the fence instead of the mitre gauge to guide
this small piece of wood for cutoff. I find this out after reading safety
tips after the board hit me. Makes sense to me. The cutoff part twisted
slightly between the fence and the blade and the blade grabbed it.
Never use the fence and miter at the same time
Use push sticks. Your first projects should be to make a few.
But a good blade. The one that came with the saw is mediocre at best. Good
blades start at $50 and go up from there. Yes, it willmake a difference.
There are books on tablesaw use that will give you far more than we can do
in a newsgroup post. You may also want to take a woodworking course at the
local Adult Ed or a Woodcraft.
I thought some words from Nahmie would be appropriate:
"Before you use any power tools, let's take a moment to talk about shop
safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that
come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly
will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is
no more important safety rule than to wear these - safety glasses"
For power tools and hand tools:
"Watch your follow through"
That is, pay attention to your body stance motion and balance as to move a
tool or a workpiece. If something goes wrong (snags, binds, slips, breaks)
where are your hands, or the rest of your body going to end up? if you have
the tool aimed at your leg, or your hands aimed at spinning carbide, that is
a bad thing.
Watch your followthrough, make sure that the tool and your body do not share
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darryl email@example.com wrote:
| Also...any one have some simple plans to learn the basics?
Usually I remember to throw in a plug for my shop web page. There are
a couple of aids that I've found handy at the link below...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Library or book store should be your first stop. Just for starters:
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... or anything similar. There's a bunch to chose from, but do yourself a
big favor, do that FIRST, before using either tool.
These are both dangerous tools and your wife may never buy you another tool
if you injure yourself on something she bought you.
And should you get hooked on woodworking, that's not a good thing ...
> any safety tips ?
Prevent the blade catching the work and sending the piece, you, &/or the saw
flying. The piece can lift and even rotate violently, Gou, or shooting it
straight back in-line, gouging the hell out of the surface of the wood and
possibly even killing you. Can happen on long thin pieces, or short, fat.
When pushing a piece using the fence, and you come close to the blade coming
through, you may be thinking, well if I just keep pushing from the corner
closest to you, but farthest form the fence sort of at an angle it will keep
the piece against the fence until its cut through. Just stop it from
shooting back as it pushes through. A split second before the blades
through, the gap between the two parts on the two sides of the blade will
break away and bind the piece you are pushing into the blade, if you do not
begin pushing directly forward on the the piece between the fence and the
blade, possibly even guiding one or both sides as you finish. There is no
split second allowance when doing this. Remember to never put your fingers
in a position where if there is a kickback, they can be pushed towards the
blade, which is easier said than done. If I am holding a push pad I never
wrap my hand around the handle. But don't let it slip either. I always run
things through in my mind, sometimes lower the blade and run through
physically, especially if setting up a outfeed roller stand, which has to be
not only the right height, but guide the piece along the fence perfectly as
it rolls across. Micro-adjust by spinning the ROUND shaft to get the pefect
roll with the blade all put down into the table, after having set the height
with the shafts knob.
if its cheap, like anything under a $500 TS is immediately a suspect, the
stock miter guage/slider will probably bind very easily due to play, and
this is a recipe for binding and disaster. You're gonna wanna make a
crosscut sled and a miter sled, which is easy, exact, simple, cheap
I think you should go to the public library and see what they have to
offer. Also try to check out some books on stuff you might be
interested in building. You might also want to go to a store like
Woodcraft. You can get a decent table saw book for maybe $10-20...
Actually, check out www.alibris.com for used books too.
I say this because a decent book is going to give you a lot more info
than a newsgroup post.
Go buy yourself Kelly Mehler's "The Table Saw Book". A great first project
would be his cross cut sled which I find invaluable at the table saw.
His book will take you through the setup of the saw and right through how to
use it properly and safely. I'm sure there are other books out there but
this is the one I have and it's pretty good.
Lots of good advice so far!
One "golden rule" that I heard somewhere (probably on this NG), that
applies to just about any power tool and some hand tools, is as
Where would your hand (or any other body part) end up if the workpiece
slipped or disappeared?
i.e. don't push a workpiece directly towards a blade or bit with just
your hand, be sure to use appropriate pushsticks, guides, etc.
Also, I'd agree that a crosscut sled would be a wise investment of time
(and materials, if you don't have enough scrap lying around), and that
a good book or a few would be a good idea.
And as others have said, find safety glasses, ear plugs or muffs, and a
mask that you'll actually wear, and wear them.
Good luck, stay safe, and have fun,
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