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The first thing that came to my mind when I saw your picture was, was there a finger too somewhere in there. You got to be kidding using MDF for a safety jig, thats not cool, hopefully you'll think twice about ever using MDF for feather boards again. I hope you don't use long sleeve shirts when using your Table Saw unbuttoned. Where's that paddle at, LOL... Be careful my friend, body parts are not easily replaceable.
Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....
Do yourself a huge favor, buy a Magswitch featherboard (or two). With the cast iron table it is WONDERFUL to have. Just put it anywhere, and bam, you're ready.
I've found the vertical attachment and the right side mini-featherboard very handy as well. Since I have the Bench Dog Promax cast iron router extension also, I use these all the time. Best part is, they also store easily by just sticking them to the table saw frame.
I changed the title of the original post slightly...I don't want to use shock value to get people to read this, as I take safety very seriously. But I thought my experience was rather ironic! (I'm not sure if the title change will show up in the main discussion listing, however....)
Making a fingerboard/featherboard as a first quick project was good learning experience, actually. First, I started to make one out of pine. I cut the thin slots, and then took it to the mitre saw to cut the 30 degree angle. MISTAKE. The thin fingers started vibrating, and wildly chipping out, ruining it. Okay, lets try another, and make the miter cut first, then cut the finger slots. I have tons of leftover MDF, so I used that instead. However, I kind of eyeballed the slot widths (MISTAKE #2), and obviously got the "pinky" one a bit too thin. Plus, MDF doesn't have any grain, and doesn't have the right kind of strength for this kind of application. But, it's good enough for now until I make or buy another one. (I like the magnetic board idea, by the way...nice not having to rely on the miter slot.)
I have not yet (nor ever hope to) become "casual" about making cuts. Fourteen years ago, I had to run my Dad to the hospital after he nicked his pinky against a table saw blade, requiring microsurgery to rejoin the tendon and nerve. Accordingly, saws are pretty scary to me, and I "rehearse" just about every cut I make by leaving the saw off, lowering the blade, running the board across the table, mentally noting where to put the push blocks in relation to where the blade will be, seeing if the outfeed roller is adjusted correctly, and checking if the fingerboard tension is correct. It was actually during a "rehearsal" that the MDF "finger" fell off.
From a post I made a couple of weeks ago......You might find it interesting. Every woodworker should watch this....
Oh My!! I went to the SawStop website and watched first the video demonstration....very, very impressive. Then I watched the "how it works" video, again very impressive (one of those "I could have thought of that" moments soon followed). But then, to my eternal regret, I watched the "Why SawStop" video. Needless to say, I will have nightmares for weeks to come as some of the injuries were terrible. I also have been particularly more careful around that spinning blade since I watched it.
Yes, a co-worker showed me the Sawstop video at work a couple of weeks ago. What a cool invention! It would be tempting to show off the safety feature, but each time it would cost ~$65 to replace the brake, the blade would probably have to replaced, plus the cost of the hot dog....(still edible, I guess).