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Entertainment Center with Mission Style Accents

This two-section Entertainment Center was built with Mission Accents. The sections are connected, but can just as easily be used as two separate cabinets in a larger space. The media...

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Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

Some of the professional woodworkers I've spoken to consider a minute lost in productivity to be equal to $1.00. Now condider the lost time a Saw Stop costs to change out standard blade with its stop cartridge to the dado set with cartridge and back again. Guys in a production shop can't spare that time and money lost -- especially in the current economy.

Regardless of Mr. Gass' arguments for the Saw Stop technology, he still has a monopoly on the invention based on his "extensive law experience". He's locked in multiple patents, so why wouldn't he not be predudicial in favor of his own invention. Look at the millions one person will make from just licensing fees.

Does he plan to kick any of that over to the industry?, NOT.

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

Doesn't anyone remember what the business term "MONOPOLY" means anymore. Does anyone even remember that Ma Bell was broken up into the "baby bells" because of a monopoly, or Microsoft because the courts determined that they had a Monopoly on certain technologies?

Well, guess what! Mr Gass is also a monopoly when it comes to "flesh detecting technology". So why doesn't the CPSC go after him, and break up his monopoly on the technolgy, and let competitors in on the market.

Maybe then there will be fairer pricing for tablesaw manufacturers to get a piece of the action. The Sawstop technology will NOT work on lighter weight bench and contractor type saws in its current form.

Does anyone realize the torque that is expended to stop a blade spinning at 3500 RPM,and its effects on light weight cabinets? Some saw manufacturers do! And so does the PTI working on their own "Saw-drop" technology. What professional or serious non-professional who has nor other option in the field wants that much force exploding a light weight cabinet in their face if they're STUPID enough to reach into the blade in the first place.

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

To Sherpadog...

In your second post defending your comment regarding the Delta X5 table saw, you stated that kickback was the cause for your loss of fingers on your left hand.

It seems rather obvious that you didn't take the time to properly tune your fence to widen the gap at the back end of the cut, and/or if the saw came with a riving knife, you either didn't use it, didn't have a splitter on the back end of the cut, or weren't using a good quality push stick device to ensure that the stock stayed flat on the table.

Don't criticize Delta, for the type of things that contribute to kickback.

Re: Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope--Again

Mr Gass would benefit greatly, should the CPSC get this implemented. Mr Gass has what we call in capitalism a MONOPOLY on flesh detecting technology. Why should he be allowed this when the government looks hard at other monopolies in the country?

What first needs to be done is to get competition into the market, and then look at requiring the technology in table saws.

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

Personally I prefer cutlists and layout diagrams, especially when planning stock purchase -- whether sheet goods or board feet lumber. However, there is a major problem with some of these published items -- people forget to include SAW KERFS in the overall measurements. It's very frustrating to end up short on the last piece (one or more dimensions), because some idiot didn't keep adding in the 1/8" lost each time the saw blade cuts through the stock. Having both cut list and diagram help in double checking "measure twice and cut once"

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

I recommend you go to and read AJ Hammer's Blog "Over the Workbench" regarding this case. AJ lays out more information regarding the court documents from transcripts posted online.

Here's just a little from

"From transcripts posted online, we get a clearer picture of what happened, and as I (AJ Hammer) see it, 11 things clearly led to the accident:

1. He had never used the saw before, and had no experience or training on it.

2. He operated the table saw on the floor, kneeling as he used it.

3. His employer didn’t provide, and he wasn’t using, a guard.

4. Although he saw safety warnings on the saw, he testified that he didn’t bother to read them.

5. His employer did not provide, and he never read, the saw manual.

6. He was making a free-hand rip cut without a fence.

7. He was not using a push stick of any kind.

8. He was making a tapered cut in the board free-hand.

9. He also – for reasons not explained – had the blade tilted slightly.

10. He had the blade raised to its full height, although the board was only 3/4″ thick.

11. While cutting, the board jammed and vibrated, so with his hand in line with the blade he pushed the board as hard as he could, resulting in his hand going right into the blade."

Anyone who has ever watched the New Yankee Workshop - casually or serious fan - has even heard Norm say something to the effect... Before you use any power tool, read and understand the manufacturer's manual on how to use the tool.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

A work colleague once told me "You can teach everyone everything, EXCEPT common sense." Obviously, everyone involved in this case didn't use common sense.

It really doesn't matter whether you're using a Ryobi, Steel City, Delta Unisaw, or a $20,000 sliding table saw, common sense outweighs all of the fancy gadgets like "flesh-detecting" technology. If you're not 100% confident that the cut you're trying to make is safe --don't make the cut.

You have to ask yourself these additional questions: What would this jury do if the jerk who injured himself on a table saw were to cut himself using a sharp hand chisel. Would he bring a lawsuit just because he was stupid enough to put his finger in front of the wood he was paring down?

With all of the quality woodworking clubs/guilds in this country, one of the best places to learn is by being a member in one of them. Our club willingly accepts all skill levels from rank beginner to seasoned pro. The knowledge sharing is tremendous, plus both hand and power tool safety are at the top of the list.

Maybe the solution for the general public, judges, and lawyers is to become a member of a woodworking club, and LEARN more about tools that all have some degree of potential for personal injury.

Gregg Miller
Rochester, NY
Member - Rochester Woodworkers Society

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

Don't you just "love" the way defense mechanisms have been triggered? As one who has learned how to hand cut dovetails, I still don't practice that technique enough. I agree with many that this style of joint isn't the only one out there.

However, I look at the experience in learning to cut a dovetail joint by hand as a link to our woodworking past - those masters who are our history. I now have a greater appreciation for period furniture, even if that isn't my favorite style.

As woodworkers, regardless of skill level, we should be constantly learning. Any of us who aren't willing to take up a challenge to learn and perfect a differnt skill will be left by the wayside. I know of several skilled craftsmen who have a project pipeline of at least one to two years out who use not only handcut dovetails, but also have skills in other styles of joinery.

In my humble opinion, handcut dovetails are only considered "elitest" by those unwilling to appreciate and learn the skill required to make the joint. Believe it or not, some dovetail jigs take longer to set up and use than it takes to hand cut the joint for someone that has mastered the technique.

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

My wife has called me a "Norm wannabe" for the past 12 years, and it's true. She used to call me the "wood butcher" around our house, but through Norm's techniques and teaching methods, he inspired me along with countless thousands of others who have been bitten by the woodworking bug. It's also true that you can't have too many clamps. Thanks Norm, from the bottom of my heart for your 21 years as the original New Yankee.

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