Do you know someone who has gotten their finger in the table saw while working on a project? A safe table saw is something we all could use while doing woodwork. A safe table saw is one that protects your fingers from the blade. A guard is set up to help you be safer while enjoying your hobby.
We all think safety when we sue the table saw. The question is, do we practice safety. More importantly, do we do all we can to ensure safety? There are many things that go into having a safe table saw. Do you do everything to be safe? Yes and no. It is sort of like a question of probabilities. If you don’t do any of these things, you are more likely to have a table saw accident. Practice them all and you will have the best probability of having a totally safe table saw experience. Here are some of the things to include on your list of safe table saws.
The blade should always be the right one, clean and sharp for a safe table saw. The alignment, this includes blade to miter slot, miter to slot to fence and more, should always be correct. The splitter, some are better than others and none is just plain dangerous. There are times when zero clearance plate can be important too. The blade guard should always be used. It does have a purpose. A secure wood pusher can keep your fingers out of harm’s way. Some pushsticks and shoes can be dangerous. Hold-down devices for some ripping operations can be a great help. A clean polished table top that lets you feel the wood being cut is good to have. Some wood, wet warped and twisted can really be very dangerous to cut. Wear the correct eye protection and the right clothing. One can’t stress this enough. Some other great safety tips are not reaching over the saw blade or having both feet securely on the floor and unplugging the power when changing blades are so important to your safety and health also.
Don’t be afraid to use your saw. Just operate a safe table saw and include these ideas in your method. Include all of them in your habits while working with wood and in your daily practice and you will be safer for it.
Since the table saw is the heart of the woodworking shop. These are practical, shop-tested advice or the beginning to the intermediate woodworker about choosing a safe table saw for your workshop and the best saw blades for the materials you use. You need to learn to tune your saw for top performance. You should know where to stand and how to move to make safe and accurate cuts.
Cutting boards lengthwise is called ripping. And it is the task that a safe table saw does best. But ripping on a table saw is so simple that it’s easy to become complacent and forget that a table saw is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. Fortunately there are many techniques and safety equipment that can eliminate most table saw injuries. Many fine books are available on the subject. Be sure to read your table saw instructions before using any equipment also.