Table Saw Safety

I am buying a house. Taking advantage of the low prices and great interest rates I figure it’s now or never. I bring this up because one of the things I’m looking forward to in my new house is building my own custom woodshop. I love woodworking. I love working with wood and, like any guy, I love my tools.

As a safety professional, however, I need to practice what I preach and make sure that I am using these tools properly and safely so a new abstract that just came out from “The Journal of Trauma” and available online here, is a wake-up call to me and everyone else who uses a table saw.

According to the data collected 565,670 table saws related injuries occurred between 1990 and 2007 (I was going to say 565,670 people were treated for injuries but I imagine that this is incorrect. I’m guessing that some of these people probably came in more than once). That make your table saw the most dangerous tool you’ve got. It also means that, knowing this, you should approach your table with a newfound respect.

We’ve recently discussed tool and shop safety so I won’t go into it again but, I am going to provide you with a link to Fine Woodworking Magazines’ website where you can brush up on table saw safety because after all, it isn’t the table saw that’s dangerous, it’s the way you use it.

Read the “Safety Manual: Tablesaw” article.

One thought on “Table Saw Safety

  1. I enjoyed reading the safety discussion on the table saw. As a woodworking teacher over the past 22 years i have always taught a blade height of 1/4 to 1/2 inch above material. I am confident that is the best method. A splitter is essential to reducing kickback as it eliminates the chance of the material pulling away from the fence and riding over the blade. My teaching moto “in with ten, out with ten”. Cheers

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