If you are crosscutting and the wood goes anyware near a splitter you
need to TURN THE SAW OFF and learn to read a good book on safe use of
the table saw.
You have been very very lucky. Your luck is not likely to be as good in
the long run.
I do believe that's what I might have done. Can someone explain why
that happens ? Unknowingly, this had to be an idiotic thing to do but
please refrain from insults . I just wasn't aware of it.
Kickback happens the rear of the saw blade makes (significant) contact with
the workpiece or offcut. The front of the blade pushes down and forward
(this is good). The back of the blade pushes *UP* and forward (this is bad).
When things are going right, the back of the blade rides in the kerf (the
hole you just cut in the board). When workpiece or cutoff twists in such a
way that the back of the blade can makes contact, then the wood is lifted
and thrown forward (kickback).
In your specific situation, if the offcut is trapped between the rip fence
and the blade. A little bit of vibration can cause the offcut to touch the
blade. Think about what happens then that offcut rotates counter-clockwise.
(Try this in slow motion with the saw turned off if you must) The leading
edge of that offcut pinches even more and makes better contact with the rear
of the blade, resulting in P-twang! The next thing you know, your bowel
feels refreshingly unencumbered.
Always let your offcut fall away from the blade; never trap it.
Guess it's time to post this url again. Most of what's been
said, plus some AND diagrams with colors and arrows.
Lacking a sliding table for the table saw, it's probably
much safer to just get and use a miter saw - with
BTW - NEVER use a miter saw to cut WITH the grain.
If you think a table saw kickback is scary, you'll
be absolutely terrified, when you stop bleeding
and regain consciousness. DAMHIKT - but the
metal fence on my 12" SCMS had to be replaced
better to gain and actually use knowledge
than to become a familiar face at the
local emergency room.
Using miter gauge and FENCE with narrow stuff can catch/trap the wood
between the fence and the blade, and bingo - kickback
You CAN use the fence and a miter gauge together safely, just clamp a
short piece of plywood/etc to the fence at least 6inched in front of
the forward edge of the blade, so that you reference for repeated cuts
on the added piece of wood on the fence, but your 2x4 (or whatever) is
clear of the added wood when it finishes the cut - thus the cutoff is
no longer able to be trapped between the fence and the blade
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