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February 18, 9:32 AM [GMT -5]

Figure A: I like the push shoe concept and I have always used shoes of varying widths with my table saw, jointer, and other stationary tools. I have put a lot of effort into safety and what I have found is that a push shoe should have a D handle. The shoe, as pictured in figure A, has a weak point at the neck where the handle meets the shoe. Should the user encounter strong resistance when cutting a board, which might cause one to push more down than forward the handle could brake and lead to injury. Where the push stick has a D handle, that energy is all transferred through the shoe to the work piece as intended.

June 11, 4:24 PM [GMT -5]

I agree there should have been discussion of featherboards. I built a custom one that fits over my fence like an upside down U -- it provides vertical restriction to the workpiece as the fence provides horizontal restriction. On the other side of the blade and workpiece I use a Kreg featherboard that clamps into the mitre slot to provide horizontal restriction from that side. I feel much safer since I started using these.

January 23, 11:51 AM [GMT -5]

I am a retired Industrial Technology teacher and have used numerous brand of equipment. I have an older Craftsman 12" tables saw and a Hatachi I bout in 2007. Having made many European style cabinets trimmed with 1/4 strips of Walnut, oak, or ash lumber, I have cut hundreds of strips on Delta, Powermatic, and Craftsman saws. In 2009, I was sawing a strip about an inch wide and 5 or 6 feet in length, when the Hiachi saw allowed the smaller strip to flip and 3 of my fingers made minimal contact with the blade. After several months I realized the problem. This is the only saw I see anywhere that has at least a 1/4 inch more space around the blade. I contacted the company more than once by email but had no response. They should send out minimum clearance plates. These are made to fit the cutout and they are cut through making the blade slot by your own blade. I wish to bring this to everyones attention!
I was talking to another friend wich purchased featherboards that are easily moved that have strong magnets-he loves them. I find these are far safer than many of the older guards that were cumbersome and unsafe themselves to use. Lots of good points to follow-having taught hundreds of students woodworking, I had only two students get any stitches using the table saw.

Happy years of sawing to everyone out there.

November 29, 10:46 PM [GMT -5]

This is a well written article. Alignment of the anti-kickback / plastic protector would be helpful... how is it done?

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