Could This Tool Change Everything?
UPDATE – April 5, 2011
We hope you enjoyed this April Fool’s joke. Since it first aired on April 1, we’ve been hit by a flurry of great comments. Glad you enjoyed the prank and remember:
Don’t build or use a four-foot push stick. We took extra precautionary measures in the filming of this video post.
April 1, 2011 – Associated Press – New York
Federal Consumer Products Safety Commission (FCPS) Calls for Tool Safety Regulatory Body
– Less than a year after a Massachusetts circuit court sided with a plaintiff who claimed a tool manufacturer should be held responsible for injuries to his hands sustained while misusing a portable tablesaw, fresh controversy seems to be on the horizon. The federal government seems to be one step closer to enforcing stricter regulations regarding tool safety.
Read more about the details on the Carlos Osorio tablesaw lawsuit here.
That was just the latest headline–released less than four hours ago–concerning the federal government’s new heightened awareness regarding tool safety and the possibility of creating and enforcing new regulations that just might increase the cost of a wide range of power tools in the coming years. Interestingly enough, the headline appeared just as I was polishing off a quick post concerning a new tool that just might spark a revolution in tool safety tech.
More on the Great Tablesaw Safety Debate
• Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope–Again
We Get Mail…Lots of Mail
Every few weeks here at the Newtown, CT offices of Fine Woodworking magazine, we receive any number of new tools and prototype tools sent to us by manufacturers who hope to receive a positive review within the magazine. For the most part, it’s run-of-the-mill tools that we receive; routers, drills, chisels, handplanes. But once in a while, we receive something so utterly different than anything we’ve seen before, that we’re left picking our jaws up from the floor by our feet. That was the case when a new tool startup out of Worcester, Mass. called Kona Industries sent us their latest prototype.
While I can’t give away all the details until the scheduled article appears in FWW issue #224 later this year, I can offer a few small insights via our latest Quick Cuts video blog.
Could this be the revolution in tool safety that puts the breaks on the federal government’s plans? Who knows? Chime in by leaving your comments at the bottom of this post.
**And be sure to stay tuned for a message from Kona regarding other new tools and jigs on the horizon–at the very end of this video blog.