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post #21 of 23 Old 12-14-2010, 09:28 AM
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No Bill,it would be a subplate to L of blade with featherbds as part of it.......any unused realestate on table(and won't mention some folks using said space for storage)is fair game.To this subplate you'd attach a hinged cvr that allows almost instant access to blade.Then before proceeding with cut you flip it over(from L to R)......the fence simply holds up the R side of cvr.BW
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post #22 of 23 Old 12-14-2010, 09:36 AM
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Got it!

Thanks BW,
Like Richard said also..make it from Lexan so you can see what your not going to cut off.... right C-man?
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Originally Posted by BWSmith View Post
Very deep subject........

There is a Grand Canyon sized gap between wht one does for themselves and what you would have others do.IOWs designing fixtures and safe practices for employees has sorta made me think about safety differently.This "ain't" a condemnation of anyones ideas or in the case of newby employees I may have under me.....its about seeing things differently.

One thing's for sure,most folks using a TS are watching the cut?Yes/No?.........I say yes,and this IS the problem.Any distraction and you're no longer watching the cut.The distractions are many;splinter,slight wave in bd,sawdust,yadayada.So what happens if you're basing your safety on the visual and somthing goes awry?

Lets say I put a hinged cvr on the subplate......its mooring happens to be the same heigth as rip fence......once the whole sublpate/featherbd(which can and should be based on TS's rail) is snugged to bds width....I flip the lid cvr over.Now you can hopefully push the stock through with you eyes closed.Basically you've made it impossible for fingers to get close enough to get cut,EVEN if you TRY.

There will be so many negative reponses to this idea;it takes too long,I'm only making one cut,don't use enough to justify.Now we know how the co. Sawstop is gonna make $$.They're basing their technology on the human condition.Think I'll work on the above premise....make it impossible to touch blade in the first place.BW
OK first off nothing is impossible that's just the way it is. second thing is a hinged cover that does not lock is dangerous in the event of a kick back. Now the device in Bills post is good because it covers the blade, although clear lexan preferred, it locks to stop flying objects but still allows for a push stick/shoe to be used on small cuts. (that is the biggest problem with most guards, interference of some kind). As stated in an earlier post cutting fingers off is not the only concern kick back is very a serious problem also.
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