It comes down to fundamental basics, never operate the tablesaw without the splitter or riving knife in place. It truly is that simple. The only exception would be if the splitter interferes with your machining operation such as cutting a groove.
MDF definitely has a place in the workshop. It is a smooth, flat and stable material. Obviously it is an excellent choice when making woodworking jigs or templates. Also when working with veneers it is an excellent substrate if solid edges are applied prior to veneering. When using MDF you have to consider the final use of the furniture. For example I would never use it where strength is a requirement or moisture will be an issue (flooring). The beauty of MDF is that a percentage is made from wood waste from other manufacturing processes and uses trees of lower quality. This is a huge environmental benefit where trees are stretched further producing less overall waste. There is also a shift in the use of formaldehyde in the manufacturing process and you can find alternative MDF products that use differenbt adhesives in the manufacturing of the board. The biggest drawback is the dust that is created when working with this material. It is very dusty and a proper respirator is a must when working with MDF.
John Jerman http://www.simplywoodworking.com
What a great tip. I have cut small trim for inlay work or accent strips and I found cutting on the table saw can be dangerous. Often times the tiny offcuts will get caught by the moving blade and fly in different directions. I solved this problem by securing an L-shaped support to the mitre gauge allowing for a clean cut to be made into the support piece so that the offcut doesn't get drawn into the gap between the blade and table saw insert. Seeing this tip reminded me of the usefulness of hand tools. Thanks.
Good point Matt. I see the value of finishing the shop cabinet if you are trying something new and experimenting with your finishing techniques.
Yes it does look nice.
I also agree that bare edges on multi-ply does look good or does have a acceptable look to it. I would not have painted the shop cabinet. Over time I'm sure it will get bumped and scraped and the paint will need to be refinished. I just don't have the time to paint and then refinish shop cabinets. I would rather spend my time more effectively like building more projects or spending more time with my family.
People need to take on responsibility.
If you decide to buy a table saw it is your responsibility to educate yourself. What I don't like about the SawStop technology is that it will make your average person less alert.
What if the technology is faulty on a particular saw? The only way to find out is when you actually have an accident.
Shame on the justice system for removing responsibility from the individual
What a great tip.
I have always used a block of wood with the bottom corner cut and I would agree that a lot of time is spent positioning that block before making all your final cuts.
This idea is great allowing that micro adjust ability.
One thing that comes to mind would be to use a hardwood block such as eastern maple as the stop block so that over time the screw will not loosen in the pre-drilled hole.
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