TIPS: safety on the table saw

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what are your TIPS for (safely) using the table saw

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Make sure your lighting and power circuits are separate. Before I separated mine I had an overload that left me in the dark with still spinning blade. Not fun. I fixed that the very next day.

Losing fingers since 1969

Use push blocks and push sticks to keep your hands clear of the saw blade

adjust the blade height only about an1/8th higher than the thickness of the material your ripping.

stand clear of any possible kick back when ripping wood.

When ripping longer material make sure you have the end of the material supported with a rolling stand or out feed table to avoid the end of your board lifting off of the blade at the end of the cut.

when ripping then strips have the thin strips to the outside or fall off side of the blade to avoid kick back.

Keep the floor saw dust free in front of the table saw to avoid loosing traction ,also when possible keep your hip in contact with the front of your table saw in case you do loose traction.
Keep you table saw top clean and waxed to avoid having to exsert to much pressure and avoid the wood from dragging.

don’t cross cut material without a sled or miter gauge .

Do not get distracted while using a table saw or and other woodworking tool

Keep your saw blades clean and sharp to avoid drag when ripping.

use a splitter or riving knife to avoid kick back.

If ripping wood or sheet goods that are to heavy for you to handle ,get help.

Never help pull material through a table saw from the back,you can pull the person’s hands sawing into the blade/

If you can afford a Sam Stop buy one.

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I tried to edit my post after posting it, but all it did was add another post, sorry about that.
I’m surprised there’s no edit tab.

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The edit icon looks like this , Jim .
It’s quite small and the color is blue .
When you are through editing, click ’ save changes ’ at the bottom of page .

Advice so good it’s worth reading 3 times over. Safety first!

Losing fingers since 1969

Thanks guys

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Always wear wrap around safety glasses!

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Not much can be added to Jim’s very thorough post, but I always wear my full face shield at the table saw. I once had a kickback hit me in the face (with my face shield on, thankfully).


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I think one more item belongs on the table saw safety list and that would be the use of feather boards to hold your wood down or against the fence.

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Jim basically summed up safe use of a tablesaw. I work in an emergency department and fairly regularly see people that have tablesaw related injuries. I always make a point of asking how it happened; almost every injury I’ve seen could have been prevented by the person following the points he posted.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario