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Padauk and Maple LED Dining Light

This is an Asian inspired dining room light fixture. The lighting is high-density LED, (4) 4' strips inserted in a dado in each of the padauk strips on the bottom of the fixture. Directly above the...

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Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe

That was four questions, Matt. I've called your math teacher. She's on her way.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

I worked construction for almost 40 years. I put in a lot of thought into make my job easier. Occasionally someone would walk by and see me doing something the easy way and tell me I was cheating. That usually meant they wished they had been using the same methods instead of knocking themselves out to accomplish the same thing.

Quality is quality. Good workmanship is good workmanship. Perfection is perfection. It isn't how you achieve that goal that matters, it's achieving that goal that matters.

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

I began my apprenticeship as an electrician in 1974. I've never been seriously hurt but I have had a few stitches and smashed fingers over the years. Most of the injuries that occur on a construction site are to the hands. No surprise, they do most of the work.

For decades, I rarely saw anyone wear work gloves, except when it was cold. It was one indicator of how tough you were. It didn't take much for me to understand the advantages of wearing gloves, five stitches to the back of the thumb. I was a second year apprentice when I began wearing gloves at work.

I could go on forever telling you all the objections I've heard from the guys I worked with over the years about the downside of wearing gloves. No matter the logic, they always found a "better reason" not to wear gloves.

All the safety products in the world won't stop injury or death because in every case people are involved and ultimately they are the ones making the final decision how a dangerous product will be used.

About ten years ago, I started seeing a new type of glove on the jobsites. After decades of wearing leather gloves, I saw this new glove offered most of the same protection plus it was nimble, offered a better grip and lasted forever. The guys LOVED them! I did too. And hand injuries started to go down. Soon, the contractors started issuing them to their workers and everyone was wearing them.

To employers: You have an obligation to make the workplace a safer environment. Do it and it will pay for itself.

To SawStop: Make a product that the rest of us WANT to buy instead of relying on the government to FORCE us to buy it.

"Build it and they will come."

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

I have an idea. Why not get the Government to require a safety IQ test before buying any dangerous tool? If you fail the test, you have to buy the tool with all the safety technology available.

"Okay sir. Here's your test. There are 500 multiple choice questions and 25 essay questions. The test should take about 2 hours."

"Two hours! I just want to buy a power drill!"

"Your government is just trying to protect you from yourself, sir."


"Sorry you feel that way. Anyway, after you finish that you will have to stand before our safety panel and answer questions. That will only take about 30 minutes."


"And then, if you pass those tests, we will take you into our safety shop in back and put you through a few hands on tests.

Or you could just purchase this beautiful 1/4", 1/10 HP drill with all the most up to date safety features available. It's only $995.99 and weighs only 30 pounds. And it comes with a complete seven day no questions asked warranty.


Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

vicweast, it's not the comedy that's the danger or should be banned but the watcher of the comedy that is the danger. I am going to Washington Monday to lobby for a device that will alert the viewers of all comedy shows when the comedian is kidding. We need to know when these comedians are fooling us!

But seriously, no, I didn't say comedy should be banned nor would I ever even think it. I like a free market, "FREE" emphasized. As with the issue at hand, it's usually the operator (reader, viewer, whatever) that's the problem, not the product.

For anyone interested, there's a great article about this in FWW #224 titled, "Tablesaws Under Siege." And some of the Forum members here piped in on this in this thread: http://forums.finewoodworking.com/fine-woodworking-knots/general-discussion/what-are-your-feelings-mandatory-flesh-sensing-technology-

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

I watch Colbert. He's an entertainer and he makes me laugh. I know what he does is satire. The problem is, many people don't. And the mainstream media loves a controversy. I can see some overzealous media pundit taking Colbert's comedy for real and running with it and trying to turn it into something really juicy.

Gass has a personal interest in his technology becoming mandatory. Money. In his pocket. As a lawyer, he locked down the patents so tightly none one can compete. That means all technological advancements in this type of technology will have to be done by one company, the one Mr. Gass owns. And without competition, what's the motive for making the product better and/or cheaper? He deserves to be rewarded for his technology, but not by force.

Of course, there's the increased price factor, which could eliminate a lot of future woodworkers from ever becoming interested in the trade or from ever buying a new tablesaw.

Maybe Colbert will do a piece on a world devoid of everything made from wood or a world where there is a black market for the non-SawStop tablesaws. I'd watch it. And I'd probably laugh.

Re: Appeals court upholds Osorio tablesaw verdict: Feds consider landmark safety standard

I've had one injury accident with a table saw and it was completely my fault. I own a Delta contractor's saw and I've cut miles of wood with it since buying it new in 1993. My injury was from a kickback and I took a chunk of flesh off my thumb, even with leather gloves on. The fence wasn't set right and was pinching the wood as I ripped it. I kept pushing. And the blade guard was removed.

This decision will ultimately be funded by the consumer. Gass will become a very rich man and we will help fund his bank account. Rather than letting the consumer decide what sells, the courts and the government decide and we pay.

Education, common sense and a little patience is all it really takes.

BTW: I think it costs about $100 or so to replace the parts destroyed in every Saw Stop blade retraction. And every owner of the saw had better have at least one spare on hand so you don't have to wait for parts before you can use the saw again. Cha-ching!

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