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Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

Please note that the guy from the CPSC talked about making mandatory something LIKE sawstop. This is a good idea. Letting manufacturers find their way toward some technology that makes the saws safer is a very good idea, and will lead to new ideas, competition and better technology. Without them, the industry will never move forward on its own.

As for the CPSC, sometimes they overstep their bounds or come up with poorly structured rules. But all in all, they are one of the few agencies with a mission of protecting consumers. Do you really think it would be OK for people to find out which cribs were better by waiting to see whose baby choked or smothered to death?

Re: Stupefying Engineering in an 18th Century Table

FWW should really get out to see Robert Yarger of the Stickman Box Company.

He is a puzzle-box maker extraordinaire.

You can see some samples of his work, including his amazing Pirate's Cipher Puzzlechest by going here:

Seriously, there's a cover story here.

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

Really, you just gotta love all the "free-market" fanatics out there. Do you all really think the marketplace would be better off with no regulation?

Can you imagine football with no rules or refs? How long would it take before there were a hundred players on a side, armed with bats and guns?

The purpose of good government is to set the rules of the game and then let the players compete. Were it not for the government rules there would still be no seatbelts in cars (auto manufacturers were SURE it would send the wrong message and frighten people), no airbags (same reason), no water or air pollution controls, and so on. And if most free-marketers had their way, there would be no way for injured parties to sue because of so-called tort reform.

The best way for the CPSC to handle this is to make a set of general rules about saw safety, and let the industry find a way to comply. Surely SawStop can't be the only possible solution to tablesaw injuries. Let other inventors and manufacturers come up with solutions. Let them compete.

I've been a woodworker for 35 years and still have all my body parts. But history tells us that manufacturers will NOT make changes unless they have to. So let's raise the bar.

Re: Homemade Slot Mortiser Has all the Right Moves

You really have to check out his other tools:

His "pantorouter" is amazing.

Re: Do woodworkers hold the key to a quick clean-up of the gulf oil spill?

I think it is great people are coming up with ideas, practical or not, high-tech or low. It is really a shame that we let the industry get away with not doing anything to improve either drilling safety (the last resort shear rams work about 45% of the time!) or cleanup. The cleanup technology has not changed since Valdez, and by the way, the booms are for containment only, not absorbing the oil.

How about while people are coming up with ideas, testing and implementing, we think about:

-Insisting that the industry contribute a certain amount to research on safety and cleanup research?
-Finding a way to ensure that government agencies (MMS, SEC, etc) HAVE TO do their jobs?
-Looking around to see which countries have the best drilling regulations, the best record, and learn from them?
-Finally getting our asses in gear and doing something about what energy hogs we are, and start serious investment in alternative energy.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

I can't believe she laughed at my joke. Nobody laughs at my jokes.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

Of course this is not about liberals or conservatives, or tort law or socialism or any of the other things the right wing wants to rant about.

This is about the lawyers for Ryobi not doing a very good job making their case, oh, and maybe something to do with letting almost everyone out of jury duty.

This will be reversed on appeal. The court system is working just fine, mostly. But if you conservatives want to get your panties in a bunch, your should be very worried about the extremist activist right-wing judges on the Supreme Court who think money is speech and corporations are people. You won't believe what's coming your way!

Re: When You Have Your Accident

Thanks for the comments, Gary. Totally agree that each station, each machine requires its own kind of "safety policy" for operation. And that includes everything from hand tools to the radial arm saws. As someone who used to see a lot of workplace injuries, I will add that even the best safety programs become stale after a while, so I recommend some kind of new plans every so often. Make a new push stick that will force you to pay "new" attention on your saw; put up a new safety sign; add a new fence. We are creatures of pattern and habit.

Just a quick word to the tort reform fanatics:
There is little evidence that tort reform actually does anything to reduce prices in the market. And the vast majority of people truly injured by faulty products and people, never sue. Personally, I think that we need some reform on frivolous suits, but I like the idea that someone is looking out for lead in my kids toys, hanging and collapsing hazards in his crib, etc. The people that benefit from tort reform are not us, it is the insurance companies and the Chamber of Commerce. Don't believe everything you hear on AM radio.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Not surprising to see the right-wing rants appearing here as they do everywhere. Two quick facts about tort reform: most people who get injured by poorly manufactured products do NOT sue; and there are several states that have had major tort reform (e.g. Texas), and have little or no benefit to show for it regarding costs, court schedules, or really anything else. These extreme cases always make the headlines, but the number of people injured by actual, foreseeable product failures is staggering.

As to this case: It will no doubt be going on to appeal, as most of these do. Highly unlikely that it will be decided in the man's favor at a higher court, for these two reasons: He had the option of buying the other saw, and the "reasonableness standard" says that manufacturer's don't have to have every latest feature on their products, just the ones most common, reasonable, and expected. Most saws coming with a splitter or riving knife, and a saw guard.

Saw Stop has been supporting these lawsuits, lobbying for their product, and trying to cash in. They have every right to do that, but come off a bit sleazy in my opinion.

Every car does not come with side airbags. Every product does not come with all the latest safety features, and no one expects every manufacturer to have every feature, especially when those features are patent-restricted.

I agree in this case that the liability lies with the owner/user of the saw. But let's stop throwing every liability case into the bin and assume that it's all about bad lawyers, bad juries and greedy people. There are enough shoddy greedy sleazy people on both sides.

Re: Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

new central dust collector would be great

Re: Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

OK. a good low-angle block plane, a couple of Lie Nielsen chisels, one of those sets of radius scrapers.

Re: Poll: What power tools are on your holiday wish list?

I need to set up one of those buffing stations. Maybe a variable speed grinder too.

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Next up is one of those high-tech sliding tables for the table saw: clamps, bearings, and maybe a cnc motor to drive a consistent cut.

Oh, yeah, Santa, and one of those gizmos that turns on the shop vac when I turn on the tool.

Re: UPDATED: What Tools Are on Your Holiday Wish List?

a couple of really good chisels
one of those gizmos that turns on the shop-vac when you turn on the tool

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I too have heard great things about the cookies and would love to try a set of them! Promise to submit a thorough review!

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