Paul Norman, Cambridge, MA, US

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Birthday: 10/11/1947

Recent comments

Re: 2014 Cartouche Award Winner Announced

Sheesh! I thought I could do marquetry. I am truly in awe. I bow to your skill and period correctness.

Re: The Ghostly Woodworker

Absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for this window into your mind.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

Mr. Gass himself tested it with his own finger. Check YouTube.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

My old man (bless his soul), always told me how to pick a tool. He was trained as a cabinet maker and spent most of his life building custom homes. Dad said to first rate tools by 3 quality categories. Then, if you don't have the money for the best quality, save your pennies until you do. Aside from safety alone, the SawStop is the highest quality saw. Just listen to the sound when you fire it up and you will be convinced right there.

By the way, I'm not a shill for SawStop - just a very happy owner.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

An unsafe device is, by definition, defective.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

I now have a SawStop cabinet saw. When I bought it, I was amused to note that the comparable Unisaw was more expensive.

All of the high schools around here (Massachusetts) are now requiring SawStops. It's the same old argument that I heard many years ago against seat belts (which have now saved thousands of lives).

Stop listening to fools who won't spend a few bucks for safety. Incidentally. the SawStop is the best cabinet saw I have owned (and I have owned several).

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

The cartridge costs $69.00 ($73.00 with MA tax). That's much better than the pain and suffering I have gone though due to Delta's lack of care for the woodworker. Hell, they even completely redesigned the Unisaw and still didn't improve safety. Don't dump on Gass. He was only trying to find a way to make table saws safe.

By the way, my new SawStop cost me less than my 5 horse Unisaw and sure costs far less than the new Unisaw.

It's time for the government to step in. There are other inventors out there besides Gass and the big saw makers have a few of them.

Re: How to Win $1.5-Million: Lessons from the Tablesaw Lawsuit

To those of you who criticized my post - read it again. I am a highly trained professional woodworker who was using safety equipment when the accident happened (plastic push stick — never use the metal ones, they can catch in the blade) I was also using a Brett guard,

The Sawstop was not up to pro grade when I bought my saw and none of my regular dealers carried it, so I could not get a proper demo anyway. All I had to go on was a couple of paragraphs in FWW. I since found out that the Sawstop guys had opened the patent. As I said, money was - and never will be - my primary reason for buying a tool. That’s why I bought the high end Delta and fitted it with a Brett guard, a Beismeyer fence and an HTC roller outfeed table.

The accident was caused by kickback. I truly hope that all major saw makers adopt Sawstop technology. Remember when cars had no seat belts?

Re: How to Win $1.5-Million: Lessons from the Tablesaw Lawsuit

3 weeks ago I cut off 3 eft hand fingers with my Delta cabinet saw. Had Delta included SawStop technology on my 3 year old saw, I would not have gone through this trauma. Incidentally, I was using safety equipment when this happened. I’m 62 and have been a professional woodworker all my life. Does Delta owe me for passing up the technology that could have saved me. Yes. They had access to the technology and purposely chose not to install it even though I would have paid the premium price. My Delta is a 5 HP X5, so money wasn’t my major concern. The Sawstop cabinet saw was not yet ready when I bought my saw.

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