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.
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.
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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