Table Saw Safety

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Ripping Thin Stuff Safely

One of the issues of using a table saw safely is that many of the things intended to keep us safe don’t work well when you really need them. Ripping thin pieces on the table saw is a good example. In our shop, we have an overhead guard with built in dust collection. It’s...

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Where Do Table Saw Safety Rules Come From?

In addition to designing the Morris Mini, Alec Issigonis is credited with coining the phrase “A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee”. I can’t think of a better way to describe the guards that were standard equipment on table saws sold in the United States from the 1970s until...

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Safety Rules for Tablesaws: the PTI POV

There are a couple of techniques I use to sort out thorny and complicated issues; follow the money and check the math. I also try to remember that my little corner of the world is just that, it isn’t necessarily a reflection of the world at large. Like most serious woodworkers I don’t want...

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New Table Saw Safety Regs – PTI Speaks Up

Over the past few weeks, the debate over proposed Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for table saw safety has been in the news. Curiously, the reason for it being in the news wasn’t any new development; CPSC has been holding meetings with representatives from both SawStop and from the Power Tool Institute, but these...

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SawStop Cabinet Saw

What we like (and dislike) about this revolutionary machine. By the Popular Woodworking staff Pages: 86-87 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now A safe table saw – that’s the holy grail of woodworking machinery, and that’s how many woodworkers view the SawStop cabinet saw. We’ve spent the last three months...

How Not to Hurt Yourself On a Table Saw

© As are all of our blog posts, this story is protected by copyright; Popular Woodworking Magazine, 2011. Back in junior high school, there were occasions when the entire class would be  threatened with punishment due to the actions of one or two troublemakers. The current fuss over proposed actions from the Consumer Product...

Table Saw Injuries-What is the Real Cost?

© As are all of our blog posts, this story is protected by copyright; Popular Woodworking Magazine, 2011. The costs of any hazard are central to the question of whether or not the Consumer Products Safety Commission should step in and make and enforce rules. It tends to be a touchy area; one persons...