British Style Table Saw

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...

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...

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...

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″...

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...

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...

Table Saw Injury Numbers in Perspective

© As are all of our blog posts, this story is protected by copyright; Popular Woodworking Magazine, 2011. When the debate over table saw safety gets heated, numbers are brought out to bolster one side or the other. This happened the other day when USA Today published the headline: “CPSC wants...

Should We License Table Saws

And If We Did, Would You Pass the Test? Whether or not the Consumer Product Safety Commission should mandate the inclusion of “flesh-detecting technology” in new table saws has generated much debate. When the article in USA Today appeared on Wednesday, I questioned some of the numbers being used, and asked...