Cutting It Close Safely
When cutting small workpieces on the tablesaw, you don't have to sacrifice safety for accuracy
An expert at installing inlay describes proven methods for working with delicate materials. Steve Latta’s tips, such as how to set a fence to cut multiple moldings from large stock, save time and headaches. The virtues of project-specific push sticks are detailed, as well as the safest ways to cut tiny pieces of stock. The article shows how prioritizing the work—such as shaping more complicated moldings before ripping them—results in a better fit. And it details how splitters and sleds simplify the process.
From Fine Woodworking #169
One of the written tests that I give my students includes this question: “Never stick your fingers in the (fill in the blank).” The question is just a freebie for bonus points, but it serves to remind my students to keep safety foremost in their routine work habits.
A lot of the safety techniques I use stem from a background in…