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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 you had the disc sticking up from a solid table, and had another solid piece at a right angle to the table and parallel to the blade, all you would need to do would be to put a hunk of wood between the spinny thing and the solid parts. Sounds a lot like a table saw, doesn’t it? When we think of the risks of using a table saw, we think of the teeth, but the spinning parts of the blade that don’t do the cutting are where many table saw accidents begin. Many table saw accident stories begin with “the wood I was cutting suddenly went flying .


 

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