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  • Kickback - Dumb me! And Thank You Dave Arbuckle!

    I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later but I was DUMB DUMB DUMB!! Took the splitter off the table saw because it was getting in the way of some cuts I was making (dumb move #1). I had to rip a small piece of 3/4" oak and said "I don't need to put the splitter back on for this" (second dumb move). No featherboard either (third dumb move). Well I almost finished the cut when the pushstick went flying out of my hand and I got grazed in the left shoulder by a flying block of oak! I couldn't believe how quickly it happened!(A special thanks here to Dave Arbuckle who wrote a post once about where to stand when you are making cuts - too the right of the blade.) Had I been standing left of the blade I have no doubt it would have hit me in the head. So a lesson learned here boys and girls. Please be safe and don't do DUMB things! Dave

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    MDF is the worst for kick back and yes safety first. I have a nine fingered carpenter that is a believer in safety now. (Oh, it happened at his home one weekend, not in the shop TG)
    No Bull Dust Just Saw Dust

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    • #3
      I have an eight fingered sister I now call "Nubbie" due to lack of attention to safety...and a couple of scars of my own on my left hand.
      keep makn\' sawdust!...just don\'t breath any.

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      • #4
        Dave,
        Sorry to hear about your accident, I have had the same happen to me with a big Jet cabinet saw and being 6'5" you can imagine where I got hit. couldnt walk for 3 days. but I have found a product from shop safety tech. that has fixed my problem with removing and re-attaching the splitter and anti-kickback device. it is a fold away splitter made for any saw that mounts on the back side of your saw that locks into place and can be folded away for plywood and miter-cutting, it can be found at most woodworker supply stores or contractor supply stores. I hope this helps your problem cause this item has paid for itself a few times over in my shop.
        Phillip Allen
        Orlando, FL

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Allenqualitytrim:
          I have found a product from shop safety tech. that has fixed my problem with removing and re-attaching the splitter and anti-kickback device. it is a fold away splitter made for any saw that mounts on the back side of your saw that locks into place and can be folded away for plywood and miter-cutting, it can be found at most woodworker supply stores or contractor supply stores.
          Phillip, what is the name of the product?
          Bill

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          • #6
            Phillip
            I have tried to find a website for Shop safety tech and came up empty. If you could post the name of the product that would be great! Thanks, Dave

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            • #7
              On a more subtle note, I made a dado cut that caused quite a bit of tear out (on a side that would never show) and decided to blow the chips off the table while the dado head was still spinning - power off. A chip hit the blade and shot into my nostril causing a bloody nose. Made me realize to pay attention to safety at ALL times.

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              • #8
                Go to this URL and see pic and supplierhttp://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?threadid=5456

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                • #9
                  DaveM,

                  I am confused.

                  Everything I have read so far says to stand to the left of the blade. There is a prominent article by Kelly Mehler in the current Fine Woodworking magazine (page 56) that says stand to the left. I imagine his book says the same thing.

                  Your post says stand to the right.

                  So, what is the correct answer?

                  Thanks,

                  Rob

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                  • #10
                    Personally, I stand left of the blade also. I find that standin right of the blade forces me to work left handed. Not a good idea in my book.
                    <a href=\"http://www.woodshopphotos.com/gallery/Ralphs-workshop\" target=\"_blank\">www.woodshopphotos.com/gallery/Ralphs-workshop</a><br /><br />I can fix anything......where\'s the duct tape ?? :-)

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                    • #11
                      Rob
                      I was just pointing out something that Dave Arbuckle has posted here regarding postitioning oneself. I am no expert so am not certain what is right to be honest. I do know had I been standing left of the blade I would of had a chunk of oak sticking out of my throat. Perhaps I might of had better control of the wood if I had been left of the blade and not had the kickback. Hard to say what would have happened. Dave

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                      • #12
                        Dave,

                        Were you also to the right of the fence, or between the fence and the blade?

                        Rob

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                        • #13
                          It was a relatively small piece I was ripping... probably a bit more right...

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