Table Saw Safety

Table saw safety is of paramount importance – and it’s a hot-button legal topic. Not only is it easy to quickly get injured with these powerful woodworking machines, table saws are a foundation tool in most shops, so there are a lot of people using them – and that means widespread opportunity for mistakes. Here, you’ll find table saw videos, discussion of litigation that could affect your woodworking, safety tips and techniques and shop-made push sticks (as well as other table saw jigs and fixtures) to help you use your table saw safely and efficiently. Let the experts at Popular Woodworking Magazine show you how.

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Table Saws: Why the British Think We’re Crazy

Over the holidays, I saw the same question asked on both an American and British woodworking forum. The poster had received a new table saw for Christmas, had no experience and wanted to learn how to use the saw safely. One of the responses on the British forum was this: Whilst the risk of...

California Table Saw Law Doesn’t Make the Cut

Back in May 2012, it appeared that the state of California was prepared to adopt legislation requiring “flesh detection technology” on all new table saws sold in that state after January 2015. The legislation was introduced this spring, and passed the California house by a wide margin. In late June the bill was approved...

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California Closer to State Table Saw Regulations

While proposed standards for table saw safety move slowly through the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s rule making process, the State of California moved one step closer to enacting legislation that would require “flesh detecting technology” on all new table saws sold in that state beginning in 2015, according to a July 4 story in...

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Favorite Table Saw Push Stick

The push stick you use with your table saw is an integral part of the safety system that helps keep you out of harm’s way. As such, don’t take the lowly push stick for granted. There are numerous push stick styles and designs, some shop-made and others store-bought, but in my view, not all...

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California Considers Table Saw Law

California assembly member Das Williams has introduced a proposed law that would make the sale of new table saws without active injury mitigation technology, illegal. As written, the law would take effect January 15, 2015 and defines the requirement as: “technology to detect contact with, or dangerous proximity between, a hand or finger and...

Table Saw Rule Comment Period Extended

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has extended the comment period for the proposed new rule on table saw safety until February 10, 2012. This action is in response to a request from the Power Tool Institute for more information about the injury data used by the commission in determining the need for such a...

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Submit Your Comment on Proposed Table Saw Rule

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission is considering new safety regulations for table saws, based on a petition asking for a requirement that table saws should be equipped with a device to reduce or prevent injuries if the operator  makes hand contact with the blade. The commission can write a performance standard for new...

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Speed Tenons – Safely

Table Saw Blades & The Laws of Physics If you wanted to make a device to throw pieces of wood at a high rate of speed, how would you design it? You could look at the machines used in sports for throwing things and start with a spinning disc, say 10″ in diameter. If...

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CPSC Table Saw Rules: Emotion vs. Numbers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will be accepting public comments on a proposed rule to improve table saw safety. Comments will not be accepted by e-mail, but will be accepted online via regulations.gov, or through the US mail. Submit your comment to CPSC online through this link. We hope that readers of this blog...