It would be interesting to know the history of table saw injuries. Both in the sense of number; but, more importantly, the type or circumstances around the injuries.
I suspect, based on a fair amount of experience, that a majority of injuries are routed in lack of respect, carelessness, distraction, etc.
I don't care what the machine; or, how many safety features ANY machine has ...... if you don't know how to use it; and, you are not focused during its use, there will be injury.
I think it is a BIG mistake to be trying to promote a "perfectly safe" table saw. First, the more safety measures, the more cumbersome it will be to use the table saw CORRECTLY; Second, machines like the Saw Stop can lull one into thinking they don't have to be careful using the saw.
The problem is mostly people getting these machines and not knowing how to use them. I would bet that a majority of injuries are from the DIY'er type that wants that great craftsman table saw just because it's the thing to do. Just watch the DIY channel or watch a few of the YouTube videos of the IDIOTS using a table saw or other machinery that they have NO business using!!!
Perhaps it is time to require a "license" to operate a table saw? Okay, I don't like that idea, but it would be nice if the common sense, and respect, of my dad's and grandfather's generation were a little more prevalent today. Just because your "a guy" doesn't mean you know how to properly use a table saw, or any other equipment.
This iPad review made me realize the BIG problem with FWW's videos ..... they use Flash to stream them? Why? Why are they not like YouTube? I've had so much problem in watching the videos - they will not "pre-load" so I don't have to wait 10 times through the video for it to catch up or buffer.
So, with that said - get rid of the flash and make them either like YouTube; or, upload the videos to YouTube and then the fact that the iPad doesn't support Flash won't be an issue!
Following are the "cons" FWW listed with responses that would see to negate any of the cons. I've put them in all caps, so please don't think I'm yelling!
* Backlit: Harder on the eyes than the white-paper technology on devices like the Kindle.
AS FAR AS I KNOW, THE IPAD WILL WORK THE SAME AS THE IPOD TOUCH WHERE YOU CAN INDEED MAKE IT EXACTLY LIKE THE KINDLE (AND I DO ON MY IPOD TOUCH!)
* Needs a data plan: If you want the Web connectivity on the go, you must a buy 3G data plan separately. The iPad can also connect via wireless networks.
MY GUESS IS THAT MOST WOODWORKER DON'T USE, OR WANT, THE 3G HOOKUP ANYWAY? NOT SURE. DON'T MEAN TO OFFEND. WIRELESS WORKS GREAT WITH MY IPOD TOUCH AND THE 3G IS VERY, VERY SLOW COMPARED TO 3G. MAYBE WHEN THEY GET A 10G NETWORK.
* No Flash: Doesn't currently allow Flash, a technology that we currently use to stream videos and animate graphics though that could change.
AGAIN, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED FLASH IS OLD-SCHOOL AND FWW'S VIDEOS SHOULD BE JUST THAT - VIDEOS JUST LIKE YOU TUBE, OR PUT THEM ON YOU TUBE.
This commentary is more on FWW's video(s) in general than this specific tenon shoutout, which was good.
1) The video playback is very frustrating. Why does it not "preload" when I pause the video, such as with any YouTube video. I have a fast connection, but this is ridiculous ..... and then when I login to make this comment, the video resets and I have to wait another 10 minutes to get back where I was watching!!!! .... NOT GOOD!!!!!!
2) The "tags" for who is talking, or the advertising (such as Lie Nielsen) pop up and cover close to half the video ..... POOR judgement. These should only be less than 1/4 of what they are now. I'm watching the video and don't want those to block out things just when some detail is being shown.
If anything, this makes me mad at Lie Nielsen (not that they can do anything wrong!), or whatever advertiser is doing this. I can see who is supporting this by a MUCH, MUCH smaller tag/banner.
Please change this. I have avoided FWW videos consistently for these reasons and have said nothing before. If YouTube can do the first item, so can you. The second item is up to FWW and their advertisers.
It was interesting to see that one of the highest, if not the highest, voting was for lumber of the four polls. Of course, this is somewhat obvious since without that, we would not be woodworkers, but tool collectors! Oh wait, I'm a tool collector (probably more than a woodworker!)! Okay, guess we don't need lumber!
THIS IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!
First David Marks, now Norm ...... no one left.
Except of course those "professionals" on DIY and H&G .... Pleeeeezzzzze!
Goodbye Saturday mornings!
We need to draft someone to get back in the saddle!
How about Fine Woodworking doing a show!
SawStop - a great product, IF it came with a lifetime supply of Stop units; and, of my $100 plus Forrest Blades! I understand institutions wanting this, perhaps a business - though it would seem this would be a real costly item for a business. Perhaps the lower cost in insurance would make up for it?
But I'm going to go the route here of we never had this before, why now? Are we becoming more careless in the wood shop?
Does the SawStop make us MORE careful, or less?
Does the SawStop in generally provide more operational pluses that say Delta's new saw (at less cost) does?
Unless SawStop indeed provided me with a lifetime of Stop Units; and, the blades it ruins, I will opt to just be very careful as I use my saw.
Perhaps I will regret this statement one day, but my dad, and my grandfather were avid woodworkers and they passed away with all 10 digits and no close run-ins with the saw. They were mindful, respectful, and careful while using the table saw ..... and similar.
It seems we are being bombarded with new and innovative tools these days. Some great, but how in the world have we gotten along without them? ....... Just fine!
Sorry SawStop. You've come up with a great "invention", but a perhaps costly one that makes us LESS careful in the wood shop.
That's my two cents ..... and a ruined blade to go with it!
I was rather disappointed in the selection of vote items for the tool test vote. Most, if not all, of them have been done fairly recently. The only one that I don't believe has been, is the air cleaners. My First Choice would have been the multi-purpose tools that are now competing with the WAY OVERPRICED Fein Multi-Master. You know, Bosch, Dremel, and I believe there are at least 3 others. This would necessarily, and almost more importantly, include the available accessories and blades, and their interchangeability. I'm just kind of tire of hearing about the $35-$40 blades (or more) that Fein is pawning off. These are the ones that last about an hour while cutting oak flooring.
That's my 5 cents (inflation from 2 cents).
It is sad to see more of the same thing going on with Woodcraft copying something great and taking it to China to make. Is this truly to make available an affordable plane to those who can not afford a Lie-Nielsen? No. A definite no. It is merely Woodcraft's desire to take sales away from Lie-Nielsen. Why not instead work with LN to perhaps get a better price for Woodcraft and make LN's just a bit cheaper when purchased from Woodcraft?
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for Woodcraft, but it seems they are becoming more of a "corporation" than a store serving the woodworking community. Their "more than retail" prices on many things, such as whiteside router bits, and so many other things, is testimony to this.
It is becoming a vicious circle of downward descent in retail businesses when they do this sort of thing. When is the last time Rockler did NOT have some new "rockler innovation" for sale in its catalog?
Lie-Nielsen, and those like this company are what we need more of in America and from which we need to stay loyal to and promote.
If you really need a plane, but can't afford a LN, start with a "cheap" (not "too" cheap!) one that can be readily fine-tuned; or, save!!! LN is worth every penny - I never used planes until I got my first LN - now I find excuses to just go "relax" by using my LN. Truly a pleasant experience - right out of the AMERICAN box!!!
Beautiful cabinets! They are similar to what I was thinking of doing - great inspiration. Only one "criticism" ... when you get a few bucks ...... stove needs to be black!
I'm sorry Fine Woodworking, but this isn't even worthy of showing on this "fine" site. If anything, it should have been reported through you tube as inappropriate and dangerous. Though I don't mean to slander ...... the guy is a moron, period, especially in having his daughter any where near that shop. If that's what he's doing with his table saw, who knows what else lurks in there. I really loved the cross-cutting of the piece of plywood early on with a miter gauge; and, against the fence. IF THERE WAS EVER A POSTER BOY FOR REQUIRING A LICENSE TO OPERATE ANY, ANYTHING, WITH POWER, THIS GUY WOULD BE IT. NOT FUNNY, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. ...... His poor daughter!
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