Today as we finished up my three-day class on “Handplane Essentials” at The
Woodwright’s School, we spent some time at Roy Underhill’s Barnes 1874 combination machine – a treadle-powered table saw that kicked my keister during my first visit to the school.
This time, I did a little better job ripping lumber on the Barnes with only a few stalls. But I shot this short video showing one of the students ripping one of the legs for the English square we were building during the class.
While we didn’t test the saw with human flesh or Southern-fried chicken, Roy assures me that one of the marvels of this 19th-century machine is that it automatically stops when it contacts human flesh.
Check it out.
— Christopher Schwarz