Table Saw Safety for Beginner Woodworking

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Whether you’re an experienced woodworker, a beginner or somewhere in between, revisiting basic safety practices in the work shop is always a good idea. George Vondriska takes the time to go over basic table saw safety with a beginning woodworker. From where to stand, when to use a push stick, blade height and other table saw safety practices, this video is a quick reminder of how to stay safe when using the table saw in your work shop.

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7 Responses to “Table Saw Safety for Beginner Woodworking”
  1. AirForceVet

    I am also new to using a table saw and have a Porter-Cable table saw. I appreciate your video and after seeing it, I’m going to make some changes. I’ve only used my saw one time so far, to rip a piece of plywood, but after watching some other videos on using table saws, I saw that they weren’t using the riv knife or plastic blade guard. So, I took mine off. Well, after seeing this video, I am going out right now and put them back on. Thanks again for the great safety training, and I look forward to seeing more of your table saw videos.

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    • Scott K Williams

      Table saws will hurt you, if YOU let them. They are very safe when used properly but boy, if you break a rule, they can jump up and bite you in the hand, arm, face, and a**! Be careful and play it safe. It takes only a second of indiscretion to spend the rest of your life missing a finger, or an eye.

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  2. Harry

    Thanks George, very informative and affordable video. I feel that whatever your experience level, their is always room to learn. I too will be replacing my guards and kb pawls.

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  3. Chris Sebzda

    This was a good start for any novice woodworker, and a nice refresher for veteran users as to why you don’t stand between the miter gauge slots. I think it would be additionally helpful to highlight the differences between safely making a rip cut versus a cross cut, which blades you should use and why.

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  4. JOHN

    I can attest to blade height being a safety process to learn. I had my workpiece with the blade about 1/8th inch higher, and put my hand on top of the work piece and it caught my thumb on the tip. If I had had the blade higher, the little bite it took out of my thumb may have been my whole thumb tip. One week later almost totally healed. Please take this tip as gospel and not a suggestion.

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