Table saw safety tips you forgot about (or never knew)
Table saw safety tips you forgot about (or never knew)
Part 1 of 5: A comprehensive table saw course for woodworkers
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Table Saw Basics #1- Safety: (That’s this video)
Table Saw Basics #2- Rip Cuts (https://youtu.be/bADmnDEcuYo)
Table Saw Basics #3- Crosscuts (https://youtu.be/o8ok1h0gJ5o)
Table Saw Basics #4- Miters & Bevels (https://youtu.be/7aZCdt8Cs8M)
Table Saw Basics #5- Working with Plywood (https://youtu.be/71UenL74k2E)
Make a throat insert w/splitter: https://youtu.be/gzdF-bLXc8Q
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"am i tired"
well shit, guess its time to sell the table saw.
Just another kick butt video by just a kick butt contractor and educator. Thanks, James!!!!!!
What is the difference between a splitter and a riving knife? When do you use one instead of the other?
been looking through the back issues and one more odd safety check: if your saw is on wheels to move it in and out of position, don’t try to make just one cut without getting the saw onto the base instead of the wheels.
i love the side shot of the plywood falling after you moved the fence. lol, so realistic
Many people say they don’t use the blade guard because it obscures the cut. Of course, that’s nonsense. In truth, they don’t need to see the cut , and they SHOULDN’T be watching the cut. They should be watching to see that the wood is tight to the fence the entire time. Watching the cut happen, even for a moment, diverts attention and the wood can come away from the fence and cause a kickback, or at least a flawed cut edge.
Thanks for your video! I repeatedly come back to your video to refresh my safety mindset. Woodwork for me and perhaps for many people is a hobby. Losing a finger or be disabled in any degree for a hobby does not make sense at all.
These videos are insanely well made, and even as someone who’s worked with machines their entire life, I’m looking to buy a new table saw and a guard and a knife are two things that have never been present on the saws I’ve used before. I am always trying to be as safe as possible because when you’re not concerned about hurting yourself then working with these tools is a lot more fun and I can focus on being creative or staying focused on my job. Thank you for making content that’s so informative and easily consumable for everyone no matter their skill level, I for one really appreciate it!
Excellent ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🇺🇲
I love of you videos. Your presentation is perfect, not too monotone but not over the top. The script is informative without being obtuse. And you actually teach good safety along with best practice for technique. Great stuff all around, I wish more channels were like this.
9:05 Jointer not joiner.
In my woodworking class I wear hearing protection when I’m exposed to loud machines for more than 2 minutes at a time . I like being able to hear. Most people don’t.
OMG the 4 questions 😉 How is this saw not like other saws 😉 But those are almost exactly what has saved me over and over. Never work when you’re in a hurry. You’ll overlook something or make a mistake or take a shortcut. Never work when you’re tired, it’s like being in a hurry only worse. Your “are you sure” is the same as what I stated as “stop and think” just take a moment and think about what you’re about to do. What did you forget, what are you assuming? In my whole life I’ve only been injured in the shop twice and both were because I was in a hurry and cut corners. I’ve had much worse cuts from folding hangers while doing laundry, and thats as it should be! I get sympathy for stitches from doing laundry, if I have to go to the ER because of working in the shop the significant other would just be mad!
Great video and series, James. The older I get the more I realize I WILL trip over things left on the stairs!
Any tips for how someone might bring up reinstalling AT LEAST a riving knife on a saw at work? Not that my coworkers aren’t safety conscious, but perhaps more so safety conscious circa 1990, so to say. "The blade guard is MORE dangerous, because you can’t see what you’re doing" "The only safety you REALLY need is the one between your ears", etc.
Well done, very clear and informative. Show more
I am having some difficulties finding after market splitter. Mostly about the correct thickness for my thin blade (.070?)
Good sense stuff well presented…
Don’t even have a table saw yet, but I believe knowing these things before you even get started is priceless
Stumpy Nubs, man I believe you man, you got me, I’ll figure it out cause I’ve got the Rigid (belt driven) tablesaw 10" (without it’s blade guards – parts missing it’s hardware)and the Craftsman 10" radial saw and I learned more carpentry skills first thing in power tools when I first cut with a friend. Right now the shaft turns fine but the nut is locked in that rusty nut to shaft thing today. Growing up years ago it was the first power tool I used first.. I was in my late teen years and my friend and brother to me was Uffie. He let me learn on his, so that was a long time ago, now a rusty shaft and nut. I don’t want to hurt or lose limps and I did get a beating on my Rigit table saw and for years I never figured it out how to use it properly, so I’ll YouTube it out.
I know the tired feeling… I realllllly appreciate all the advice in these videos
Rest assured that your safety measures are at a Germany approved standard! Only the hand to blade distance when running must be above 16cm (6.3in), otherwise use the stick.
You are explaining Very well mate 👍I will definitely have in my mind always your advice, keep up the amazing work 👏
No Better woodworking instructor on the net. Glad your here.
Just got the delivery of my brand new table saw.But I am in no rush to start using it unless I watch and learn from a few Youtube tutorials like this one on the safety precautions. Best wishes from India 🇮🇳.
I feel there is a danger in letting the blade cut a push block. If your grip loosens the push block could shoot the block back at you (kick back)
54 years old, I should have watched this 2 days ago. Had a kickback accident last night ..
I really appreciate these safety videos. I’m new to woodworking and I love it, but I fear doing something stupid, simply because I didn’t know any better. Thank you again for doing these!!
Next part of the series is rip cuts 🤫
I have a chunk missing out of my ring finger because I tried to use a 2nd hand contractor table saw that didn’t have a fence or anything to guide me. While trying to rip a 2×4 down its length free hand, I had a small but sudden muscle twitch in my arm that made the 2×4 shift, and caused it to kick back at me. I had also been up for around 18 hours and was tired, which is probably why my arm twitched. I’m lucky my finger just looks weird and I didn’t lose it. Don’t be an idiot like me.
Love your videos James. The link for the glasses is unavailable at this time …
take it from an old geezer, you’ll love tinnitus, you’ll never be in a quite place again, it’s 24/7/365 and you can’t turn the volume down
Ty so much i think you saved me and my 17 year old from getting hurt ty
Thanks for the video from a novice table saw user. And I thought chains saws were dangerous! Will definitely be watching your tutorial series on proper and safe use of table saws. I came into this world with 5 fingers per hand and intend to keep them. Your videos are superlative!
Excellent video !! I have been woodworking as a hobbyist for almost 50 years, I learned table saw safety in high school wood shop class, other than a minor kickback incident, I have never had an accident with my table saw. This video is a MUST SEE for ALL table saw users regardless of experience. Thanks for putting out this video !!
about ears i have some noise reducing ear buds (that play music) that act as hearing protection… and i also have a pair of wireless ear buds that are not intended to be hearing protection and they both reduce ambient noise levels about equally. i wear those and put ear muffs over them. i cant imagine anything else.
as a 30 some year old who has had tinnitus for well over half my life… well, i dont want it to get worse than it is.
thanks mr nubs for your videos. they have been instrumental in my woodworking career. i’ve had a sort of internship for a couple years and ive learned as much from you as i have on the job. heres to jumping into journeymanship.
Great video. Clearly articulated and concise.
After watching many youtube videos made by various woodworkers, I have decided you are one of the best if not the best. Great videos, very well made, you speak very well and are easy to understand. Your videos are informative and entertaining. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks for the advice.
What about clothes? I’d think that a hanging sleeve or bracelet could catch the saw pull you in and cause major injury.
I was taught carpentry 20 years ago, by some old timers with skills. But one thing they taught me was safety, and another was to remove my table saw safety features and go bare blade.
I wrestled with this for a long time, only recently putting back on my guard. I NEVER removed it from my miter saws like some guys, as I KNOW I might bump that blade when moving fast.
Hearing protection and goggles are just the first thing I put on. Even one cut. Be smart
Do you have any suggestion on how to make a crosscut sled that can accommodate a blade guard and its associated dust collection port like the one in your video?
Use hearing protection! I’m not even 40 and all of the sudden began to suffer from tinnitus, even though I have been using hearing protection pretty damn well during last 10 years, but to be honest, lacked using it quite a bit younger. Trust me, when it gets to you, you can’t get it out and it’s really annoying, especially for person like me, who has enjoyed total silence. Can’t enjoy that anymore 😞
James… I have a question for you. Sounds completely ignorant at first, but I can’t figure it out and the only answer I can come up with is "We’ve always done it that way… Why does the fence on a tablesaw extend past the front teeth of the blade (or arbor maybe)? I can’t think of a good reason.
Really appreciate this well explained and responsible advice. Just bought my first table saw today and it scares the crap out of me. Thank you sir
I just found your video on table saws safety. It was an excellent video; probably nothing I did not already know before. however, it was a super good reminder to me the things that can go wrong and what you can do to minimize that. I’m 84 years old and have been working wood for a long long time. my father was still woodworking well into his 80s. on the other hand I’ve seen some experienced Woodworkers with many years of experience make a stupid mistake and end up harming themselves I don’t want to do that. so thank you so much for this video. I will be watching more of them. Incidently, presently I have rediscovered turning.
I’m a first time homeowner, and looking to do some repairs myself. I’m so grateful to have found your videos! Before I invest in any tools I’m going to watch all of these videos. Thanks so much!
Norm Abrams started his show every time with “let’s talk shop safety”