GWOT: Global War on Tablesaws

I just read another post about a fellow who hurt himself on his table saw. I think it takes guts to report an injury like this on a wood working forum and I applaud all who do. Unfortunately, I’ve seen several such posts and I don’t read the “Normal” forums.

I make all sorts of mistakes in my shop. I think I’m a little clumsy in some ways. But none of my accidents have or even have the potential to rob me of my digits. And I guess I’m wondering how long we’re going to sit here and do nothing about the table saw. We express our sympathies, suggest one can continue doing good work without one’s fingers (even though we know it’s not true) and move on.

I’m sympathetic to the issue: A basketball injury left me with a poorly functioning right forefinger. The middle joint dislocated while blocking a chest pass and the upper bone punched thru the skin on the inside of my hand. All the ligaments and tendons were damaged. It’s a common injury for basketball players but a devastating one for woodworkers who enjoy fixing cars. I have very little grip in my right hand, and my hand aches (even after 13 years) following a hard day’s work. I was told my middle finger would compensate. It hasn’t. My wife has to open the pickle jars. This is a tiny glimmer of what it must be like to lose even a portion of a finger.

So I’m thinking it’s time to declare all out war on table saws. There are people in this world who have to use table saws. But I’m not convinced any of us are among them. There are alternatives. I’m looking to the woodworking press (in all its forms) to take the lead here. Its been (we) the press that have told woodworkers the table saw is a “must have” and “essential tool”. We have called it the “heart of the workshop” and depicted it prominently in photos and articles. I think it’s high time we start having frank discussions about the darker side of this tool. In short, it’s dangerous and its unnecessary.

I suspect that many injuries go unreported and woodworkers need to know that in the flash of a second, your future work can be very different. I don’t believe there should be a home in any shop for a tool that can do this. Paraphrasing President Bush, we need to route these tools from the basements where they hide and bring them to justice.

Here’s what I propose: I’d like to see a series of articles in PW (other magazines are welcome to join, Asa) about the risks and reasonable alternatives. I think some such articles have been run, but I’d like to see them repackaged and focused specifically on replacing the table saw. I think Europeans have a few interesting tools like the rail based Festool products. Maybe Marc Spagnuolo can help. They also have special guards. I learned this from Kelly Mehler who’s Felder equipped shop is a sight to behold. Kelly has used table saws and taught students how to use them for a long time. I can tell you, he’s no great fan of the table saw and freely admits it scares him.


Table Saw Magic? The only thing magic about the table saw is that it can rob you of your fingers in the blink of an eye. No offense to Norm, but I’m not crazy about the reproduction in the background. I recall that episode and thought it lacked all the charm of the original. Had Norm used his hand planes and saws (yes he has them) I think it would have been a nicer project. Interestingly, Jim Tolpin, author of “Table Saw Magic” has recently given away his stationary power tools. Tolpin is going unplugged. At least Norm has left the guards on. How many of you have guards on your table saws?

Chris Schwarz recently editorialized about table saw law suits that may force the industry to incorporate expensive guards. I took Chris’ comments to mean he was concerned about the lawsuits pricing some woodworkers out the hobby, or pricing some manufacturers out of business. In my opinion, I think we should employ the “preemptive counterstrike”. If you need this saw to make your living, you need the additional safety equipment. If you are looking to do weekend projects or are new to the hobby, skip the table saw all together.

It has been my experience that a few people, a few articles, and consistent public statements can affect change. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor. It isn’t true that table saws are essential tools. They aren’t. Woodworkers need to see and hear from us on this issue before someone else gets hurt. Let’s put table saws on the endangered species list. Not illegal, not extinct. Endangered.

Adam

56 thoughts on “GWOT: Global War on Tablesaws

  1. Stan Bell

    I have owned five different tablesaws and my current saw is the safest by far. It has a fairly good guard with integrated splitting knife and anti-kick-back pawls. It’s heavy so it’s not so inclined to move indepenantly or unexpectedly while in use. I use the guard whenever I can and anytime I cut something smaller than 3 inches from the blade, I use a really well designed push stick. I never reach over the unguarded blade. I never stand directly in line with the moving blade. When cutting small or narrow pieces, I lower the blade. Someone mentioned the variable nature of the wood and I should mention that while cutting, any change in the sound may indicate that there is a really hard section, a knot or a piece of metal imbedded in the wood. In the event of a change in the sound, the safest way to proceed is to shut the saw off immediately and investigate. Even while cutting straight through a very dry piece of wood, you could release tension that causes the wood to warp very badly before you are anywhere close to finishing the cut. To continue such a cut can lead to a very sudden and violent splitting of the as yet, unfinished cut, and the workpiece can move in a way that interacts with the blade, creating a dangerous kick-back potential.
    Encountering an embedded piece of metal or a stone can cause the little carbide teeth to separate from the blade and has been known to cause severe eye injuries.
    I love using hand tools and increasing I think my bandsaw is more valuable to me than the table saw. Part of the problem with table saws is the proliferation of small tabletop models which are often not secured properly nor particularly well equipped with safety devices.
    Woodworking as a hobby is taken up by many people in their retirement years, many of which have never had the physical stamina to rip saw a 6 foot long piece of oak. Many of these same people have arthritis or repetitive strain injuries that would also hamper their ability to perform some of the more labor intensive tasks.
    All sharp edged tools can be dangerous when used improperly. Improperly means without due care, without knowledge of the hazards, without following the safety rules and allowing oneself to become complacent.
    Last fall I had the great fortune of meeting Roy Underhill and he allowed me to drool in his school for a few minutes. He had the safest tablesaw I’ve seen yet and it’s foot powered! Who said that you need 1750 or 3450 RPM to cut wood? If I were to recommend a first or base saw for a shop, a good quality heavy band saw would be my choice.
    Stan

  2. Adam Cherubini

    Gary,

    Good comments. I don’t have all the answers. You’re right, I’m skeptical about the stats. Also, I liked what David said about band saws possibly being just as dangerous. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I think it’s interesting.

    Only quibble with your comment is that I think there’s a difference between dedicating 30 seconds to saw safety and discussing risks and alternatives. I don’t think such a discussion would be appropriate every time some one wants to switch on a saw on a video blog. This really needs to be separate.

    Case in point: For Jed, I’d be happy to stack my dado planes against table saw or routers for the creation of dados. I can make beautiful dados quickly and easily with a plane. If you were cutting 1000 dadoes a day, the physical effort and increased work time (doesn’t take much longer if at all) wouldn’t be worth while. But most of us are only cutting 6 or 8 dadoes if we are making furniture projects. A dado plane is a reasonable alternative to a router or table saw.

    Last- I’m tangentially involved in real battles. I’m not interested in picking fights with fellow woodworkers or magazines. I thought my word choices were pithy. I get that maybe that maybe it wasn’t helpful. Could even be offensive. Certainly neither was my intention.

    I’ve offered to write for FWW on several occasions. I don’t feel as though they have a period woodworker like me in their stable of regulars. I have not been allowed to contribute so far because of my work for PW. So I’ve recommended other woodworkers, volunteered to ghost write or help edit so that FWW could have period ww content. So far that hasn’t happened, but I’m fairly persistent and there’s obviously a market audience for authentic period work so I’m confident that will be just a mater of time.

    I recall the Gary Rogowski article you mention. Gary is one of my favorite FWW authors, altho we have never met. That article ran in a Tools and Shops issue if I recall correctly and it was the first time (and I believe the last) those sentiments have been published anywhere. I’ve quoted that article many times. In that same issue however, were many other articles showing the table saw as the heart of the shop. Don’t have the issue in front of me, so feel free to check that and report back and tell me I’m full of it. I wrote an article about hand tool shops in response to FWW’s tools and shops articles which all basically say the same thing. Locate your table saw and build the shop around it.

    What I’d like to see is a Tools and Shops issue (don’t care what magazine) with the headline, "Is the Table Saw Obsolete?" Then a series of article about woodworkers who do great work without one. I think such an issue would be a great service to woodworkers everywhere.

    Adam

  3. Gary

    Adam,
    Several times in this blog, you have called on Fine Woodworking & Popular woodworking magazines to create a greater awareness of table saw safety by publishing more articles on its dangers and alternatives to its use. Did you bother looking into the actual amount of press it has dedicated to such things before you made your GWOT blog?
    About a month ago, I ordered FWW’s Archive DVD Issues 1-208. Unfortunately, the DVD was scratched when it arrived and although it downloaded OK, not all of the functions worked (a single email to customer service explaining the problem and two days later they sent me confirmation of a new disc is being sent out – that’s what I call customer service!) So I skimmed through each issue, page by page, to see if they were all there. I expected to see an increase in hand tool articles in later issues as the popularity of hands tools has grown considerably in the last decade. What surprise me was the amount of articles dedicated to hand tool use. From the very first issue, hand tools were not only discussed, but encouraged. I was also surprised on how much power tool safety was stressed.
    You claim power tools get something like 99% of the press. From my casual checking, that is simply not true. Fine Woodworking Magazine (I haven’t subscribed to Poplar Woodworking) came into existence as a magazine for the serious hobbyist and professional woodworker. Although I don’t have the actual numbers, I suspect that somewhere between 95-99% of those people DO own power tools, and I suspect that a lion’s share of FWW’s operating budget comes from power tool advertisers. So there would be little reason for them to dedicate any more than 5% of their articles to hand tools. Yet, they have gone a great deal further, and have included articles which not only ENCOURAGE exploring hand tools, but even some articles which call on people to go strictly hand tools. Gary Rogowski even wrote a recent article about his Top Five “essential” power tools – and the table saw was NOT in the list.
    In reality, FWW and PW are largely responsible for the growth in hand tools use and have helped bring about the explosion it quality hand tools. (And as a side note, you commented on the expense of table saws – you failed to mention that you CAN spend $500 on a single dovetail saw and several thousand more than the best table saws on a single hand plane; i.e. Holtey and others. You don’t have to, any more than you have to buy the most expensive table saw).
    As for you call for a discussion on greater awareness to the safety issues surrounding the table saw, what do you have to say that has not been said a thousand times before. It is something which is discussed (or at least mentioned) on every woodworking show, in most articles discussing table saw techniques, and people like Marc Spagnuolo go out of their way to discuss it, especially woodworking safety week. And, since what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, are YOU going to be including in your blog, methods of how we can better enjoy our table saws through improved safety measures. (I didn’t think so.) Also, you may want to be careful about quoting statistics. As a doctor, I learned very early in my training that just about ANYTHING can be proved by manipulating statistics. As a writer, it is your responsibility to check the sources before quoting them.
    I would enjoy reading an article by you in FWW on the joys of working wood with hand tools. I imagine more people will entered into the world of hand tools by reading about the joy and quiet solitude they induce, of being able to teach our young ones how they can use hand tools and the thrill they experience when they see that they can build things too, and the pride and joy we feel about ourselves at rising to the challenge of creating a piece of furniture using only hand tools – rather than being scared into thinking that a power tool is just waiting to rip off parts of our bodies.

  4. Jed

    as a newbie in the arena, I am very interested in the above discussion. I was given a tablesaw by a neighbor, and I spent weeks reading up on tablesaw safety before I fired it up. On a limited minister’s budget, I would not be able to replace it with a Bandsaw, and even if I could, I need it for cutting dados. No matter how healthy my respect for the tablesaw, which is considerable, it pales in comparison to my respect for my router, handheld or otherwise secured. I saw what a router could do to an inattentive teenager’s thigh in high school and have no desire to recreate the experience, so I will be cutting dados on the tablesaw, taking as many precautions as possible. A tablesaw is no more dangerous than a circ saw or a router, or a chainsaw, and all are equally damaging to soft tissue.Villifying the tablesaw is like villifying pitbulls.they are not in themselves evil.When one characterizes them as such, You leave out utterly the context and, as you pointed out in talking about puffy shirts, context is everything.

  5. james

    LOL @ "Puffy Shirt Police"

    Dead funny. Well, Adam maybe went over the top a bit as far as global war an such but the main thrust of his argument is valid. Operating machinery is dangerous, simple as that. Why shouldn’t hobbyist woodworkers at least consider hand tools in place of power tools?

  6. Roy Turner

    Adam, hats off to you for your willingness to take a little heat for encouraging this discussion. Here’s a thought: what would this discussion be like if the jury had simply told the guy that because he was responsible for his own actions there was no one to blame but himself, and therefore, no monetary award? I believe the real issue is how the litigation lawyers are affecting our economy and way of life in indirect ways. For example, it seems that the insurance industry is penalizing the rest of us by raising our rates to pay for these type of lawsuits. I wonder how much of the settlement his lawyers will get. I’ll bet it is most of the amount. Litigious greed is like a cancer; if we don’t demand reform from congress our economy will continue to suffer.
    I have a table saw, I also have knives and guns.

  7. Adam Cherubini

    I take criticism seriously and allow people to be critical of me here.

    I’m not lobbying congress for tough new anti-table saw legislation. And I like to think i have no "bully pulpit", no influence over woodworkers.

    But the guys who accuse me of being what I call the "Puffy Shirt Police" (I’m not trying to force anyone to do anything, I simply advocate for alternatives) have a point. I think we really do read magazines and try what we learn there. The images of shops really do influence us and that’s exactly the point here. Where hand tools and hand tool shops have been shown (not often) they have been influential. The other 99% of articles show table saws and their use.

    When I shoot photos, I am very careful of backgrounds, the esthetics, and any implied narrative messages that might be interpretted. That’s the chief reason I wear the puffy shirt. It’s not just decorative. It’s part of the message i seek to communicate; I try to represent 18th c sensibilities as accurately as possible, not my interpretation of 18th c sensibilities or what I think may be useful to you. I leave it to you to sort out the usefrul from the ridiculous.

    I’m looking for other authors to do the same vis a vis table saws. If it’s not that important to you, don’t glamorize it by placing it proiminently in photos. Tell us what you have in your heart in your photos.

    My sense is this saw is probably not worth the risks it poses. Read any magazine knowing little about woodworking and you’ll be left with the impression that the first tool you need is a table saw. Even if you just look at the pictures. I recall that being my first impression. If that’s true, so be it. But I suspect it isn’t true. It’s certainly not so prominently depicted in European woodworking magazines.

    I’m not convinced I’m right about about a great many things. I could be all wet here too. But my wish is that this gets discussed. I hope my invective filled post lights fire under some guys. It has been my experience (despite the fact that I don’t believe it) that what gets written here shows up elsewhere in 6 months time. I hope that’s the case this time too.

    Adam

  8. Peter

    Hey Dave,

    I understood something different in "Let’s put table saws on the endangered species list. Not illegal, not extinct. Endangered." As in "some whales are endangered because people have got rid of them" instead of "central government decrees tablesaws are off limits".

    May have something to do with being a Brit in S America, therefore using a diff interpretation than the one you imply (I know the restriction of civil liberties has been impressive and IMO excessive).

    As a corollary you might want to read "My first real injury", Konrad Sauer sliced himself with a chisel not long ago. (http://sauerandsteiner.blogspot.com/)

    Cheers,
    Peter

  9. David Nesting

    Peter –
    Some of the editorial ideas of showing possible alternatives are fine. Fine Woodworking has done several of these for dovetailing and making cabinet door and hand cutting tenons versus cutting with a tablesaw and dado stack.
    I see things perhaps more literal than you do – when someone whos business is writing clear and concise like it is for Adam goes for the case
    "There are people in this world who have to use table saws. But I’m not convinced any of us are among them"
    "Let’s put table saws on the endangered species list. Not illegal, not extinct. Endangered."
    I take him at his word. the only way to get to the ‘endangered list’ is through legislation, and some Nanny operation deciding that X is too dangerous, but Y is ok.

    If we honestly believe that it is up to the individual, then it should be just that… and not driven by folks fundamentally from the "Lets have Zero Power tools" camp decide for me.

  10. Bill

    All of life carries inherent risks. Your car could be leveled by a dump truck leaving the driveway, what good was the airbag? Point is, we are each responsible for our own safety and even at maximum diligence, accidents can happen. But no amount of saftey mechanisms can prevent the truly careless from hurting themselves or someone else.

  11. Peter

    Steve,
    you’re welcome!

    David,
    quite right to point out the possible statistical skewing when comparing accident data… (It’s more likely I’ll die in a car accident than a motorbike ’cause I don’t ride a bike)
    Most of the bandsaw accidents I’ve seen were in the meat industry (I don’t know what you call "resawing" pork etc. is called)

    Cheers,

    Peter

  12. David Cockey

    I use a bandsaw more than a tablesaw. The bandsaw "seems" safer than the tablesaw …. but is it? My table saw has an aftermarket guard which is used always. My bandsaw doesn’t have a guard other than the shield for the blade above the top support. I don’t recall ever seeing a guard for a bandsaw. Accidently run a finger into the exposed teeth of a running blade and the finger will lose. A quick internet search for bandsaw accidents brings up many, including multiple finger lacerations.

    The statistics show far fewer accidents with bandsaws than tablesaws. 2001 data shows 38,000 tablesaw accidents and 4,060 bandsaw accidents That’s the statistics for total number of accidents. How about the statistic for accidents per thousand hours of use? Not available, but lets make a few estimates. For bandsaws to be as safe as tablesaws on an accidents per time spent using, total bandsaw use would have to be at least 10.7% of tablesaw use. My guess is total bandsaw use compared to tablesaw use is a lot less than that.

    Perhaps the bandsaw is more dangerous than the tablesaw.

  13. Peter

    Hey Dave,

    although Adam’s wording may be rather harsh and emotion induced, I think the message is that maybe we need to rethink how and why we do things. e.g. I want to make a laminated workbench (Roubo style from C Schwarz’s posts on popwood) Do I need a jointer + planer + a tablesaw and jigs to prep and cut the joinery? Some other method? It would be silly to attempt it with a chisel exclusively, but there are alternatives.

    Each can do as he/she sees fit, but my untabulated experience is that tablesaws are one of the more "accident prone" machines in the shop (after angle grinders). I see plenty of injuries, some irrelevant others life-changing.

    Do you need…? (fill blank as appropriate) Only you can answer that question for your case, but it does seem fair to call attention to the pros and cons of the machinery to make what is known as an "informed decision".

    Cheers,
    Peter

  14. Dave Nesting

    This seems odd to me that the dedicated neanderthals – are starting a war on the table saw.

    There are many ways to do any task. I certainly have no interest in ripping an 8/4 walnut board with a handsaw.

    "Need" is always a difficult discussion, how big a house, do we need a Car, on a per user basis, more injuries happen on bicycles, and many many more injuries in automobiles.
    It will be a laughable excercise when the new focus is to villify your advertisers products as Unnecessary and overtly dangerous. Perhaps we should report all purchase inquiries to the FBI or Homeland security and make sure those who want a saw are placed on the no-fly list?

  15. Adam Cherubini

    Marc,

    The question I have for you is (and I’m asking for your recommendation for somebody else) "Is this tool worth the risk for normal woodworkers?" Of course everybody gets to decide for themselves. You’ve been around this thing a long time, not unlike my brother Steve. He’s a professional cabinetmaker, and boat builder. He’s also a really fine guitarist. So I’m really looking to you experts to tell me, not vice versa,

    Like you, I meet and shake hands with many woodworkers. Hundreds and hundreds of woodworkers at least. And a lot of those hand shakes feel weird because those guys are missing fingers. And those are just the right hands. I suspect this occurs to more left hands, the hand used to move the waste away from the blade. These guys are older, seem experienced, obviously intelligent. Didn’t Sam Maloof lose some finger tips?

    It seems to me Festool is a safer way to handle sheet goods. And these injuries always seem to involve small pieces, probably better cut on at the band saw any way. Can you push an 8′ board across a band saw? Do we need special outfeed tables? I know band saws have fences.

    Instead of looking at this like we’re trying to hurt the table saw manufacturers, maybe this is an opportunity to create some new safer tool. A band table saw. With fences (I know they have them now) and larger tables.

    Marc, I love your safety week, be happy to write something on this. I tried to join you and talk about hand tool safety last year. Wrote several posts on everything from chisel safety to appropriate foot wear. No obligation for you to participate here, but I think your expertise would be welcome. Love to see a video blog from you on alternatives.

    Adam

  16. Peter

    Hi Adam,
    as a hand surgeon in a workers comp. hospital I see the result of accidents, most of them due to negligence, lack of training and being careless… I agree wholly on people being careful with all tools.

    Almost all hand injuries leave some disability, whether it’s feeling, movement, strength or just a painful scar. FWIW having a cutting accident is better than one where tissue is lost and mangling is the worst from the surgeons point of view. Please remember I’m often treating people for 3 to 12 months for 1 bad decision.

    Just to give readers an idea:

    Fracture (with no soft tissue injury): 4 – 16 wks + rehab

    Tendon laceration and suture: 1-2 surgeries with 4-12 weeks rehab. Tendon reconstruction or transfer: 1-3 surgeries over 1 to 3 months with 12 wks rehab on average

    Nerve injuries:
    Cut (chisel anyone?): 1 surgery 2 wks + 1day per mm of growth needed to reach the inervated area, with a diminished feeling and 1/10 doesn’t work

    Tissue loss (angle grinder/table saw): 1 or 2 surgeries (probably with a graft) same as above but with a far lower rate of success (even worse if you are >50 y.o. and/or smoke)
    Mangling injury: NOTHING to do but wait (upto a year, yup 365 days!)

    This of course is added to the risks of surgery which include but are not limited to death, infection, failure of the surgery, bleeding requiring blood transfusions or reoperation, implant failure and other complications.

    So the next time you decide to do something foolish (and we all have) please remember I love my job, but I’d rather be woodworking at home. For all of our sakes.

    Take care,
    Peter

    BTW I’m going the hand tool way
    1) my youngest’s got asthma and the shop is right next to the house
    2) SWMBO would object to the noise and dust too
    3) I do it for fun, I operate as carefully and quickly as possible, the shop is under less pressure (or so I try)

    Sorry for the rambling post!

  17. Marc Spagnuolo

    I don’t really want to dive into this rather heavy topic on a Sunday morning. Shoot, I haven’t even had my coffee yet! But I have to admit I got a little giddy when Adam mentioned my name. I hope we have a chance to actually meet this year at WIA!

    Anyway, I would love to see more talk of tool alternatives. I usually do recommend that folks use their bandsaws for most of their rips. With a good blade in place, its not only safer but has a thinner kerf and makes less dust.

    But I would have a real hard time getting rid of my tablesaw. Promoting the tablesaw as the "heart of the workshop" may be a bit over-done, but in my world, its true. As a person who tries to incorporate hand tools into every project, I would still find myself a little lost without my tablesaw. Let’s forget about simple cross-cuts and rips. How about its versatility for joinery and adaptability for thousands of jigs. Not saying these things can’t be done with other tools. Just saying they are done very efficiently on a tablesaw. And that’s the reason I would have trouble with an all out effort to remove tablesaws from our shops. Again, let’s educate the heck out of people so they can make smart choices. Let’s get some serious functional safety gear on these tools and let’s show people how to use them. And I should probably correct David who said I don’t use a guard. I have had the HTC Brett guard on my saw for a couple of years now. There was a period when I didn’t use a guard simply because the stock guard was crap. The Brett Guard, however, covers the blade in a way that compliments my workflow and really makes me feel safer. Of course, my riving knife is installed 100% of the time (with the exception of certain specialty cuts). Anyway….

    Now that 30,000/3000 stat is pretty scary sounding. But the one thing we don’t know is who these people were. How many of them were hobbyists? How many of them were working on a cheap contractor saw on a job site with no guards in place? If a large percentage were the latter, all the education, articles and blog posts in the world won’t help someone who isn’t out there looking for the information. I wonder if anyone has any statistics specifically pertaining to small shop woodworkers.

    So I am all for more safety but I am also for choice. I don’t see my tablesaw as a 40-tooth monster just waiting to attack me when I least expect it. But I do believe that the tablesaw is a tool deserving of an enormous amount of respect to ensure my personal safety (much like a vehicle, a lawn mower, a firearm, a car jack, etc…). And with those safety-precautions in place, my tablesaw is a tool that absolutely deserves the square footage it consumes in my shop. But I certainly respect anyone who chooses not to use one for whatever their reasons are.

    Hey Adam, any chance I can get you to write an article on tablesaw alternatives for our next Safety Week? That would be AWESOME!

  18. Luke Townsley

    Adam,

    I like your last statement in the article- "Let’s put table saws on the endangered species list. Not illegal, not extinct. Endangered."

    In the context of the hobbiest woodworker, it makes a lot of sense and has the power to dramatically lower the bar of entry into hobby woodworking.

    Luke

  19. Adam Cherubini

    Gary,

    You’re right. I think I got carried away with "clever" rhetoric (I’m putting that in quotes because maybe it wasn’t so clever). I played up the whole GWOT stuff just to make my point. I think guys don’t think much about their table saws. I’m just looking to raise their consciousness and hoping to attract some other ww press types to join up. So I apologize. I offended you and that’s not my goal here. We can drop the GWOT rhetoric.

    I found some website called Science Daily. I don’t know if it’s a front for Saw Stop or some hoax. What they said is that 30,000 Americans hurt themselves on their table saws each year. Of them, 10% or 3000 people lose fingers or more.

    If true, a good portion of those may well be wood working magazine, web forum, and blog readers that we can reach. I think we owe it to them to remind them that this saw, above all others, has this safety record. And that if they are concerned about it, they can do x,y, and z. That’s not exactly the holy crusade I made it out to be. It’s really just good public safety information.

    Adam

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