Before he lets students near a tablesaw, Lon Schleining shows them how dangerous kickback can be. A split-second series of photos shows Schleining’s demonstration. He explains how letting a piece rotate away from the rip fence results in kickback, and how other cuts are prone to it, too -- a square piece being trimmed, such as drawer bottoms, or other small parts. With a splitter and blade guard in place, it’s much harder to lose control of your workpiece. Kelly Mehler’s accompanying article on building a shopmade splitter will help you avoid kickback.

From Fine Woodworking #139