Whitehall, MI, US

Retired engineer
Small woodworking business building custom tables, cabinets, boat woodworking
FBK Enterprises

The more woodworking I do, the more I am using high end hand tools.

Recent comments

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

You can buy a cheaper saw if you always use the rip fence and the crosscut guide. Yes, being underpowerd may contribute to kickback, but I doubt it. I have been using my Dad's old 1965 3/4 hp Craftsman saw for 20 years and have only had kickback once while stupidly cutting a piece of plywood that was too deep to use the crosscut guide. I have stopped the motor a few times with a heavy loads and never had kickback due to it being underpowered. I tend to think if you have too much power, it would be more potentially dangerous as there is more energy in the kickback. It wasn't Ryobi's fault as I undersatnd it, but the operator who wasn't properly trained, and didn't use the either the fence or the crosscut guide. There is a lot of power in the 3 hp saws, no matter what the brand.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

I reviewed my posts and I need to correct a comment I made on the Sawstop not doing anything for kickback. That is obviously incorrect as it has a riving knife. What I meant to say is the blade scramming technology by itself does nothing for kickback. After the worst tablesaw injury I have had, which was due to kickback, no matter what saw i would use, even with a riving knife, I would still be constantly concerned about potential kickback. I am looking forward to eventually purchasing a saw with a riving knife. For now, I use my push stick that covers enough of the board to give me some leverage, and also has a hook on the heel.

Re: New Woodworking Machinery Maker Hits the Ground Running

I just received their catalog. The cabinet saws look identical to the Laguna line up. Their sliding table saw with the router table mounted on it has the router setup backwards. Using it this way, you would lose control of the out feeding of long pieces. You could not get in position to even use the starter peg.
They do not tell you what the distance is from the front of the table to the blade.
Someone made the comment that it seems they are not yet in tine to woodworkers needs and the way we look at tools. I agree with that.
The paint colors do look a bit feminine.
I would say though, after looking at their metalworking tools, that the quality is good. They seem to really know the metalworking end of the business. I was impressed with their range of metalworking tools and apparent understanding of that market.
They will be interesting to watch. I believe they are serious about their entry into the woodworking market.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

In a way, this is an indictment of our education system that we could produce jurors who are so ignorant of reality, and a judge who is so, apparently removed from reality, to even allow this case to proceed. May God help us.
The airbag comparison doesn't make total sense in that operating an automobile, you are dealing with the interaction of other vehicles. You are more in control of the operation of the tablesaw.
We have taken shop classes out our our schools for whatever reasons. We want to create a society where we cannot be injured. This isn't reality. The purposes of shop classes is many fold. For those going into the trades it is obvious. For those going into management, art, politics, or whatever non related field, it is important to understand what has to happen to transform a piece of wood into a finished product and the content of the work involved. From whatever standpoint you are coming from, this is valuable.
Our education system, and the lack of parents' teaching their kids about physical reality, has produced jurors who are removed from reality.
When we turn on any power tool, we need to make sure our brains are connected to our hands.
I am glad to see the introduction of the riving knife and guards which still allow you to see the blade. My worst tablesaw injury was the result of kickback, which a riving knife would have prevented.
Mr. Gasses saws are extremely well built, but won't substitute for our not using our brains.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Back to a simple approach. I remember when my Dad's table saw made everything in the shop. With the usual caution that one should use, this should be a great method. A sharp blade would be a must.

Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

I am happy to see the possible return of woodshop to the schools.
If we put the students in a mindset that they cannot get hurt because of the inherent safety of the Sawstop, then what happens when the go on and to use tools not so equipped. When I had shop at Reavis HIgh School, near Chicago, the paramount thing we were taught was safety. No tool was safe. We were taught an approach that worked well on any power tool. Their approach was that we were going to learn about safety first. What I have learned has, I'm sure, saved me from injury many times since being in high school in the 50's. You must approach the use of any tool, power or hand, that they can hurt you if you are not paying attention. There is a real danger of today's mindset that we are think we can create environments where you cannot get hurt.

Re: How to Cut Tenons on the Bandsaw

I don't think there is much danger of kickback with this method as the tenon is so close to the end of the board. I like this as it gives clean edge to fit into the mortise. The only caveat, as was mentioned, is to get repeatability when butting up to the rip fence and make sure you are firmly agains the crosscut guide.

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

My only table saw injury was kickback. No, it was not reported. Sawstop would not have prevented this. my worst injury was to the tip of my finger on my jointer.
It is a sign of this generation to make everything like a Fisher Price toy.
one of the best cautions I remember was "Be careful, we don't have insurance.
I retired from a major aerospace foundry. Their approach was when someone got injured, the tool was taken away from them.
Where do we stop?

Re: Router Injury Sparks Reflection on Safety

It is sad there are so few schools teaching shop. One of benefits I have not forgotten in 50 years since high school is the emphasis on safety. We learned safety as a mindset. I still think of safety zones, letting machines wind down, and unplugging tools before changing bits. I agree with the comment that the safest tools can be the most dangerous.
With routing, everything is clamped down. I always am paying attention to router rotation as I have had the closest calls with climb cuts.

Re: Router Injury Sparks Reflection on Safety

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Although the Saw-stop technology will definitely prevent cut fingers, it does nothing in itself to prevent kickback, and other possibilities for injury.
The danger is that this technology may inadvertently lead people to think the saw is suddenly "totally safe" and may cause cautions to be set aside. I never use my table saw without saying to myself, "this machine is dangerous, pay attention and watch the fingers".
I refer to the cautions that Fine Woodworking Magazine has in each issue.
"Woodworking is inherently dangerous".

F Ben Kautz
FBK Enterprises
Whitehall Michigan

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