Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
I don't know about tablesaws, but Woodnthings has a valid point about the spinning cutters. Take routers, for example. Long ago in my early days, I was feeding some rails and stiles through my router table with a cope and stick bit on it. Because they'd been planed and jointed, the edges were razor sharp, so I was wearing gloves. Being well past the point where I ought to have stopped for a lunch break, I somehow got my hand on the wrong side of the wood and the bit caught my glove. Instantly sucked my hand down into the bit, nothing I could do to stop it. The glove wrapped around the shaft and immediately stalled the motor. I slammed the switch off, then tried to gently pull the glove out from the bit, or unwind it. No go. I knew I would have to pull my hand out of the glove, so I braced myself and yanked, expecting to see partial fingers. Well, ultimately, only 1 finger was damaged. A chunk of flesh was taken out, the bone was splintered, but still there. The docs pushed the bones back together, sewed the chunk of flesh back on as a temp. dressing, and the bone reformed, the flesh regrew.
For years, I had that tattered glove pinned to the wall at the entrance of my shop as a daily reminder, and when I taught a woodworking class in OSU's craft center, during the first day, while going through the safety check with students, I'd pull that glove out and tell them about it. ALWAYS remember to respect those tools, and recognize when you are too tired or too distracted to work safely.