Danbury, CT, US

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Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

One must always be careful when making chairs. People see that you have that skill and bring you their late 20th century Walmart chair for repairs. I ended up with four chairs in my shop before I could put up barbed wire. One was fun, it was a mid-century chair, and repairing it involved turning new spindles, carving the arm and matching the finish. The other ones were originally assembled with drywall screws. Sheesh.
Can't wait to see this book and build more skills!

Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

It's biology in addition to physics. Your mind sees the kickback, but can't send a signal to the muscles in your arm fast enough to pull it away. That's part of the message here, no matter how experienced you are, you're not capable of beating the speed of the kickback.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

To read, or not to read. That is the question.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

I pulled a complex safety sled back from the blade to flick out a chip. Well, the jig was not quite off the blade.. about 1/32nd of the side of my index fingertip was cut off. I felt each tooth!!! Buzzzzzz. The irony is that I practiced solid safety procedures.... well, almost!

Well, I made a puddle on the floor, which is my indicator to call for help. No stitches as the skin was just gone. A couple of years later, just an slight indentation on the side of the fingertip.

Of my other incidents involving the tablesaw, this was the worst. Kickback brought my hand over the blade, but it missed, and I caught a piece of thin lumber in my tummy another time.

I'm seriously considering a SawStop saw. But, I've got a perfectly serviceable Delta Contractors saw I've had for almost 20 years.

Re: What are The Turning Points Along Your Woodworking Path?

Oh, this is easy. My potential Father-in-Law was a woodworker. How better to impress the girlfriend than to show an interest. 30 years later, he admits I'm way better than he is!

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

Jeez, I buy all the major stuff for myself. Gifts are always the little things, or something I wouldn't spend the money on. This year it's another shop vacuum (Sears) dedicated to my planer. A 6 gallon machine isn't enough!

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