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Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I was fortunate to receive my Grandfathers hand plane collection when he passed. Over 20 in all and several were planes that belonged to his father, some dating back to the 1890's and nearly all in excellent shape. Though I've been a professional sawdust maker for nearly 40 years myself, I am sadly lacking in nearly all matters involving hand planes. I'm considering buying this DVD set so that these beautiful tools will get more use than as display pieces.

Re: Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challenge

"techdude (quoted) My most useful table saw safety tip would be to make an extra guard and dedicated push stick for ripping narrow stock on the tablesaw. My guard consists of a block of 2"thick x 6" wide X 10" long milled stock with a 1/4" thick x 10" wide x 16" long plexiglass blade guard screwed to the top. The plexi overhangs the milled block by 6" to allow stock up to 6" wide to pass under the guard. The block has 3 1" dia. rare earth magnets set into its base to locate it on the left side of the table saw blade. When rip-cuts on narrow stock (ie. 2.5" or less) are about to be made,I remove the guard from its storeage location on the left side of my saw cabinet(the magnets hold it there). I set my rip fence to the desired cut (say 1/2"). I then place the guard against the rip fence allowing just enough room for the dedicated push-stick to pass (say 3/8" thick) to pass through between the guard and the rip fence. Now cuts on narrow stock can easily be made with the saws regular guard safely out of the way." This sounds like a great approach to safer sawing. Maybe you could submit a photo or sketch to FWW so we can have a visual to go along with the description? Thanks! Mike



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