Table saws are so dangerous

In the past 4 months I’ve had 2 (two!) kickback incidents with my table saw. Now, most people who read this are going to have the reaction of “well, you aren’t using proper technique, duh.”  Yeah, you’re right.  In those two incidents, I wasn’t.  Both times, I was changing from a dado stack to a rip blade for the nth time that day, and didn’t bother spending the extra 3 minutes to put the splitter back in place (because I was going to have to switch back to the dado stack a few cuts later).

Now, i’m SUPER paranoid about the table saw, so I never-ever stand behind the blade, and am very careful about where my fingers are; in both instances the piece of wood flew across the room and that was that.  My garage door wasn’t very happy.

However, this is a recipe for getting really hurt. I was lucky both times something serious didn’t happen.  This isn’t about HOW to use a table saw safely, it’s about ALWAYS using it safely.  And how are you going to always use it 100% safe, every time? Reminds me of this scene from the wire:


Anyways, recognizing my own faults, I’ve decided to at least take a step to make it much more likely that I’ll always put that splitter back in place.  I ordered a “snap in spreader” from Biesemeyer.  Now, instead of dealing with bolts and wrenches, this thing literally drops in place in a matter of seconds.  It’s no riving knife, but I don’t have the money for a new saw right now. It seems pretty expensive for what it is, but I’ve got no excuse for not always running it now, with it literally taking 5 seconds to put in. Laziness is taken out of the question.

And before you start pointing fingers, find a survey on how many people run their table saws with no safety equipment at all. Before riving knives became mandatory, many woodworkers simply removed the splitter and guard when they got home, and never looked at them again. I’m not alone here. So, this is a worthy investment in your safety if you’ve got an older saw that doesn’t have a riving knife.



Be safe!  And I swear I’m not TOO accident prone, despite the name of this blog.

– Matt

Old Friends and New.

I had a chance to finally get my shop cleaned up, so I figured I take a few pictures while things were looking good.

First, I don’t know how many people use these aerosol sprayers, but I’m totally hooked. I stumbled across the recommendation on (aka the best site on the internet), and picked one up earlier this year.

I found one on ebay for around 30 bucks, and picked up a gallon of wd40. You just fill it up 2/3 with your solvent, and then pressurize it.. I know it sounds stupid, but spraying wd40 out of a can is for chumps once you realize this thing is around. It puts out such thick, fine mist, you just want to keep on spraying things. I usually just walk around the shop once every few weeks and lay a coat of wd40 on anything that’s metal. Really enjoyable.

I made it to WIA (woodworking in america) in october, and was able to pick up a few things I’ve had my eye on the past couple years.

A bronze No.4:

Bronze low angle block plane:

And the Galbert Drawsharp! Pete didn’t know it, but talking to him was the highlight of the weekend. It was also great to talk with Tim Manney, and I put my name on his list for his upcoming adze.

Some other additions to my shop include the new(ish) dewalt brushless 20v drill and impact driver. I had dropped my drill a few years ago and bent the spindle slightly. I had been eyeing some of the festool drivers, but frankly, these are really nice and waaaaaay cheaper.

The new 20v is much smaller than the old 18v (and much lighter).

Since we entering winter, I also picked up a shop heater.  I generally can deal with the cold pretty well (I live in Nashville, after all. It doesn’t get that cold down here), but I had a couple glue up issues last year due to low temperatures, and that’s annoying.  I don’t need to bring the temperature in the shop up to 70 degrees, but getting it to like 50F would make for reliable glue-ups I think.

Now that I’ve got the heater, my 3-legged cattle dog mix likes to hang out inside the shop a little more often.

Oh yeah.. Moved those book cases inside. I’ll write up a longer entry on them once I get the glass installed.  Laminated safety glass is EXPENSIVE.

– Matt