A Tablesaw Accident: No Power Required
It was as if my tablesaw jumped up and grabbed me, then tackled me to the ground with its sharp metal corners and edges. And believe me when I tell you no human can win a wrestling match like this against a tablesaw.
In actuality, my recent tablesaw accident went like this: I was moving my 1950s-era Sprunger tablesaw out from my basement, relying on the two small metal casters to roll it across the concrete floor, when the top-heavy weight of the motor took command causing the tablesaw to tip over and bring me crashing down with it (see illustration below). I was wearing shorts thanks to the exceptionally warm spring weather that blessed Western Connecticut this weekend, and ended up with a bloody scrape that extends from hip to toe.
The moral of my story is that tablesaw accidents don’t have to involve a spinning blade. In fact, your tablesaw doesn’t even need to be plugged in to cause bodily harm. And there are countless other hidden dangers lurking in the woodshop that demand your constant focus, attention, and common sense.
Attack of the tablesaw. I tripped and fell this weekend while moving my 1950s-era portable tablesaw. Scrapes and bruises abound.
Think twice, act once: The two tiny casters on my saw don't measure up. I learned this the hard way after the saw tipped over during transport taking me to the ground with it.
Man vs. Tablesaw. An illustrated guide to my weekend tablesaw accident.