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Seymour, CT, US
I think the main reason woodworkers dislike saw stop is that when it activates it drives an aluminum block into the blade. This ruins the blade, the arbor assembly, and the stop block. The repairs run into several hundred dollars and the saw is down until it is repaired.
Granted that's all much less debilitating and cheaper than cutting off a finger or so, and then having to have emergency surgery. But it still means that it is a problem, and no one ever really thinks it will happen to them.
Get people a non destructive technology that does the same job and it will be quickly adopted. The government won't even have to get involved.
I agree. There are in reality only two tools used to work wood, a sharp edge and a striker. All the rest are jigs. As an example, sandpaper is lots of sharp edges glued to a peice of paper.
I have a drill powered mini lathe that is mounted to a board. The board is drilled so that I can bolt the setup to my bench through the dogholes in my workbench. It works well.
To tell the truth, I would like to see a non destructive blade stopping technology like the Wirlwind system coupled with the sensing technology of the Saw Stop. I believe that the market would jump on that.
I would love to get a copy of this DVD!
It's gorgeous! What's the mechanism for the cube?
Two ways I know of.
1. Make a thick bottomed drawer and carve out the tool shapes. This is the hard way.
2. Make a suitable insert that fits in the drawer. Cut out the tool shapes with a coping saw or a scroll saw. Smooth, glue in, line with felt or leather. This is the easy way.
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