SEPT/ OCT 2001
Volume 44 /  Issue 5

Project Articles
Colonial Dry Sink
Hanging Wall Desk
Child's Pounding Bench and A Wooden Toy Top

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Finishing Touches - Pt.1 Preparing the Surface
Service Pointers
Jointer Service Pointers
Safety Tips
Table Saw Safety

What's New
The 5-Foot Connector Tubes

Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You
National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH

Online Accessory Catalog

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Online Replacement Parts Catalog

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MARK V Demo Near You

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Table Saw Safety
As easy as 1...2...3

Over two-thirds of all woodworking related injuries result from the improper use of table saws. That's easy to understand when you stop to think that nearly all woodworking projects require a table sawing operation. All too often, a woodworker becomes far “too familiar” with his or her table saw, taking for granted its basic and essential role in building the project, and overlooking the potential dangers. When these potential dangers are overlooked, misuse occurs, and that can lead to injury. That's why it's so important for you to take a moment to think about the things you can do to practice and ensure safe table saw procedures. It's as easy as 1-2-3…simply respect your machine, your body and your wood.

The Machine

Table saws are designed to crosscut, rip, miter, bevel, dado, groove and perform molding cuts on wood -- and to do these operations quickly and accurately. A high-speed, whirling blade can cut just about anything, so it's imperative that saw guards become a permanent fixture on your table saw…not something that's shoved off onto a dark, corner shelf in your shop, never to be seen again. Should your workpiece fail to behave properly during a cut -- or should you simply make a mistake, it's the job of the saw guard to protect you from danger. If you're not using it, it can't do its job -- and you'll pay the price.

The saw guard on the Shopsmith MARK V is designed to deflect wood chips and sawdust, as well as protect your hands, and it takes only minutes to secure it to the machine. So, as a favor to yourself and your loved ones, always use your saw guard whenever you use your machine.

Another “must” when using a table saw -- never allow your saw blade to project more than 1/8" to 3/8" above the surface of your workpiece during a cut. It just stands to reason that the less the blade is exposed, the less likely you are to come in contact with it…and if you do, the less serious your injury will be. To prevent kickback, it's also extremely important for you to always be sure your rip fence is parallel to the saw blade.

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