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Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challengecomments (101) December 14th, 2010 in blogs
Hi, everyone. There were 62 posts to this blog, which is just fantastic. Even more fantastic are the wonderful and well thought out safety tips. I thank all of you for your efforts and for sharing some of your concerns with using the table saw.
There were so many great tips from proper machine set-up to not using the machine when tired or distracted, keeping a keen eye on the spinning blade (especially after shut-down) and so on. But if I have to pick one safety tip that I think would benefit the largest number of people it would be to learn to set up and use your blade guard and splitter effectively. That goes for riving knives of well, of course, but I do think a full guard would protect many more people compared to just the low profile riving knife that so many people now use.
Many of you posted tips involving the blade guard and splitter, so I put all those names into a hat and drew out one name. The winner is Mike7 from Anchorage, Alaska. Here is his post again:
Mike7 writes: I always think in my head, don't get lazy. It may be only one cut but put the splitter and guard back on. I have a brother in law who paid the price of four fingers being sewn back on for lack of doing this.
The part where he says " . . . don't get lazy. It may be only one cut but . . ." is really great advice. In fact, I even admit in my table saw DVD that I've only had two kickbacks ever, one of which missed me and the other hammered me in the gut. Both happened because I was too lazy to put the splitter and guard back on the saw for a single rip. I no longer make that mistake. I can now take the guard off my saw or put it back on in about 20 seconds, so there is no excuse for not using it when necessary -- even for just one cut.
Congratulations to Mike7 on winning the Forrest Woodworker II blade. I'll wait to receive your full name and mailing address and then get the blade out in the mail to you as soon as I can.
To everyone: Enjoy your table saws, but by all means stay safe so you can continue to enjoy our craft for many more years. And Merry Christmas to you all.
Passion for Wood
Hi, folks. I was recently notified by Taunton Press that a woodworking tip I had submitted to the magazine had won "Best Tip" for Issue No. 217. The prize was a Forrest Woodworker II 10" tablesaw blade. Now, no offence to the Forrest Manufacturing Company, but I have so many good blades in my workshop already that I couldn't help but think that there are many others out there who can use this blade more than me. So I thought I would offer up the blade to everyone on FWW Online and I'll even ship it to you at my cost.
As the producer and host of a 10 hour long DVD course called "Revelations on Table Saw Set-up & Safety", I claim to know a thing or two about tablesaws and how to use them safely. I spend a lot of time each year teaching others about tablesaw safety and I'm always interested in hearing new ideas. So we're going to run a little contest here where one lucky winner will receive the Forrest blade. All you have to do is post a comment here with your #1 most important tablesaw safety tip. On December 13, 2010, at 12:01 am eastern time, the postings will close and I will choose what I consider to be the best tip of the bunch. If more than one person essentially offers the same tip, I'll choose a random winner from those who posted the winning tip.
Share your #1 table saw safety tip and win a Forrest Woodworker II blade. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Passion for Wood
Hendrik Varju has produced and hosted 6 of his own DVD productions. They are detailed private courses in a DVD format, ranging from over 4 1/2 hours long to more than 11 1/2 hours long, in 3 to 5 DVD sets. For more information, see http://www.passionforwood.com/dvds.htm
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