Tuesday 10 March 2015

A Sober Reminder!

When cross cutting on the table saw I always stand well away from the line of fire, and here's why.
A piece of bubinga 10' from my table saw embedded in the ceiling.                                                       I am leaving it there as a reminder.


  1. When I started up at the shared work space last month, the woodshop guru supervised me using each floor tool to make sure I was safe and could be given the keys to the kingdom. When I used the sled on the tablesaw for some cross-cuts, I stood to the side, off-center of the blade. He asked me to stand in the center so that I could push the sled with even pressure. I explained that I was standing out of the way of any projectiles like that, and he told me it wasn't an issue. Despite his very good intentions, I'd like to submit your post into evidence :)

    I worked in the woodshop at school when I was in undergraduate college. It was part of the math department, and I had a job making geometric puzzles, slicing a few thousand small pieces of 1/4" thick MDF every day. One day something very similar happened to me. A small isosceles triangle FLEW past the side of my head, twenty feet to the back of the room, and made a new home in the wall, just like your bubinga.

    1. Hi James, yes I bet most of us can relate a similar story. The cross cut sled would certainly reduce the risk of kick back but not to the degree where you put yourself in the firing line! All the best, David.

  2. One should always maintain a healthy dose of respect for anything that can spin at over 4000 r.p.m!!

  3. Another illustrative reason why I don't want a table saw. I'll take my Disston! I can even crosscut thicker boards with it!