Woodworking Tips: Table Saw Safety Tips

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Woodworking Tips: Table Saw – The table saw is at the heart of most shops. Keep yourself safe with these table saw safety tips from George Vondriska. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Alexis Agosto
    May 10, 2016

    Great tips, I'm starting now on this kind of "hobby" and this video helps me to be carefull using this kind of tool, thanks !

  • Tyler Harris
    May 10, 2016

    I almost cut my finger off with a skill saw! My finger grazed the blade but didn't cut. Thank God! Hand positioning is very important!!!

  • Gabino X Cachito Agramont
    May 10, 2016

    Gracias, muy buen video , saludos desde Tijuana, Mx.

  • John Anderson
    May 10, 2016

    Thanks for this – good for newbies.

  • Waaduu
    May 10, 2016

    "Any time i'm doing a cut 3 inches or less wide the push stick comes into play" – as you can see at the very beginning of the video. Major fail!

  • Deathcorekid Oceano
    May 10, 2016

    The person who invented this dangerous thing should have both his hands dismembered.

  • jsnthurst1
    May 10, 2016

    I think gloves are fine for table saws but not for drill presses.  Very thin cloth gloves saved my hand from a skill saw accident.  The saw was instantly bound up in my clothe glove and kicked up and away from me a bit but it was an instant stop.  I only had a tiny scratch on my skin when I had the guard wedged up and and somehow set the saw blade into the palm of my left hand near the end of a long cold day of working outside. These saws don't have a lot of mass or power to really pull you into them.  They just bind up and stop or they just tear the cloth apart.  Now something like a drill press has a lot of power and could pull you in.  So I think it depends on the tool whether it's safer to have gloves on or not.

  • vanexxa081
    May 10, 2016

    OMG,I wish my table saw was that easy to 1) take the guard off, 2) replace the splitter for a riving knife. So much jealousy going on right now

  • Eric Atria
    May 10, 2016

    thanks for this

  • ilovetohavelonglogin
    May 11, 2016

    I cant help but to wear gloves at a table saw while working I'm no fool around a table saw though.

  • Hanzon
    May 11, 2016

    Excellent safety tips, clearly explained. Thank you.

  • specialformula14
    May 11, 2016

    Forget the 10 finger club.
    I'm in the 10" club

  • southernexposure123
    May 11, 2016

    My saw's insert is far too thin to replace it with a traditional zero clearance insert. I made a zero clearance guard for it that's different from any I've seen before. I fastened a 1×2 to the side of the rip fence in such a way that I can fasten a piece of thin plywood to the bottom of the 1×2. When the rip fence is set in place for the width cut I want I just lock down the fence and slowly raise the blade through the plywood. That works well and its a much safer saw now.

  • nizmojoeblows
    May 11, 2016

    buy or make a zero clearance insert. It is a very cheap and important feature when making any cuts that could potentially do exactly as you said.

  • southernexposure123
    May 11, 2016

    I'm about to do a LOT of cuts for getting thin material (2x4s into 3/8" thick x 1 3/8" wide pieces and 3/8" thick by 1" wide pieces) any ideas for safety there? I'm making bee hive frames. I cut the 2x4s to about 19" first, then do the thinner cuts from the 2x4s. Sometimes the blade snatches a cut off down into the inside of the enclosure. That's a little scary, but so far its been harmless. My saw is a 25 or 30 year old $99.00 el-cheapo portable saw without a closely spaced blade insert.

  • DaMasteRZ21
    May 11, 2016

    Why did you have to change the guard when doing the shallow cut? would not the original gaurd do the same thing to do the shallow cut?
    I do not have the option on mine ( still havent used it yet ) but trying to work out the safest way to use it.
    thanks for the video's, the one for Christmas with the other guys was excellent!

  • missingno777
    May 11, 2016

    I hanging out until Christmas for my table saw.

  • newbie on point
    May 11, 2016

    I just purchased my first table saw and watched this video before using it . glad I did , lots of useful info .

  • WoodWorkers Guild Of America
    May 11, 2016

    You should never rip, make cuts parallel to the grain, on a miter saw. The table saw is the best tool for this job.