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"How many of you could honestly say you never did anything that was "against the rules" in favor of time or convenience?"
Me, that's who, and I have the re-modeled right thumb to prove it. But I didn't dream of suing anybody for my own stupid mistake.
Just because some safety features are good, doesn't mean that any and all are. Why should ALL of us pay for the stupidity of idiots who can't or won't follow simple directiions?
This case is particularly unfair, because it presupposes that all new saws sold could, and should have a device the manufacturer was incapable of manufacturing in sufficient quantity to equip all new saws from the date their first device rolled off the production line. Is the world supposed to stop while they make enough for all new saws?
Are double bladed axes next? Chain saws? Butcher knives?
This jury was composed of idiots. This kind of verdict costs us ALL money.
When I was about 11 or 12, we neighborhood kids used to go to the shop of a private school nearby. The teacher used to let us make things, and even use the machines. I had been taught how to safely use the big table saw, but, of course, I was a big expert, and didn't need the blade guard. One afternoon I was making many repetitious cuts for a spice box, and managed to stick my right thumb into the blade. It chewed up the 9 to 12 o'clock part of my right thumb, and the doctor just snipped off the mess that was left there.
I had to apologize to the shop teacher for not following his rules, and for causing him so much grief. It never occurred to my parents to sue.
It didn't put me off woodworking -- or table saws -- but it did impress upon me the importance of taking serious things seriously, and being responsible for what I had control over. You rob a kid of a sense of personal responsibility -- which is personal power -- and you are a thief, indeed.
I can see myself in almost all the comments here.
1. Learning to sharpen. You just can't do good work with a lousy edge. And sharpening has to start with the last thing most people associate with "sharp," and that is flattening the bottom or back. Get that and the bevel right, and maintenance sharpening takes a few seconds.
Oh, and shaving hair off your arm? Yes, it impresses non-woodworkers, but being able to shave a translucent shaving off end grain hardwood takes a truly sharp edge. And if a butcher like me can learn to do that, so can you.
2. Truly flat granite or plate glass and wet/dry sandpaper for flattening backs and bottoms.
3. My Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw. The light went on.
4. Learning to sharpen, and use a scraper. Wow.
5. Taunton videos.
6. I'm not sure why this was a big deal to me, or why I did it, but I took a piece of oak firewood from a wood pile, and planed two sides flat, square, and glassy smooth. I guess I had always thought of wood as something manufactured that comes from a store. But taking a piece of bark-on stove wood to finish-ready really showed me I was in charge, and could do this. If I were teaching, I would have students do this, too. It's like the difference between microwaving a plastic bag, and actually cooking, I guess.
Hey, one out of two ain't bad.
Obviously fake. It takes me 2:37 minutes to build a table, but that includes photorealistic inlay, and me felling, splitting, drying, sawing, planing, resawing, not to mention making my own hide glue!
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