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post #11 of 84 (permalink) Old 02-03-2017, 10:28 AM
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Sorry to hear about your injury, Herb. I agree with Dan and would share the pictures and a narrative of of your experience with their pusher. Personally I only use wooden push blocks and sticks case I can customize them to my wants. I have been thinking of getting a gripper. You misfortune may influence and expedite my decision.

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I'm glad that you're OK now, Herb. I've got that same stick (and same saw), and I'll definitely not use it for this any more.

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Holy cow! I never thought about that happening. I'm glad the damage was limited to your hand, and not further up on you. I think you just settled my coin toss as to whether to buy a Grrripper. Just one thing. Is that dried glue drops in the picture, or is your blood yellow? Maybe you're overdoing it with the blood thinners. Just kidding. I'm glad you're OK.
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Grrripper guy here too. Use it a lot. But when cutting a narrow strip, I don't want the strip trapped between blade and fence, so I use the Rockler Thin Strip jig for that purpose. I do this kind of cut fairly often, and the jig really is safer. If I need to push the piece toward the fence, I use a second stick and press from the side. I have a push stick like the home made one above which I use occasionally, but I prefer the Grrripper if there is enough of the workpiece for it to rest on. I have two for longer pieces, but rarely need the second.

Really glad you got off light with that accident. A few stitches is a small price to pay for such a good lesson. Thanks for sharing the danger, I'm tossing those plastic push sticks out today.
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I have two of the notched push sticks and use one from the feed end and the other on the outside edge to keep the wood both tight to the fence and from lifting up - recommend that set-up when ripping relatively narrow strips rather than plywood panels. Agree on the Rockler Thin Strip Jig - after a while you get the "feel" on how tight to move the fence/wood over against the roller and get uniform thickness strips. Guess I'm in the minority, bought the Gripper with the extra thin piece specifically for ripping thin strips and it walked on me the first time. Maybe I need to give it another chance.

You can see my orange (CMT?) push stick lying behind the fence.
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Thanks everyone for all the good comments and good tidings, I think I will go with wood as I have for all these years. I had a plastic one like Vince showed and really liked it, and also bought the Gripper years ago, but never used it, lost it in the fire and never replaced it. I might just get one again and try it since everyone that has one likes it so much. I do have a clone but it is so big and unweildy that I don't use it much.
Normally I use the band saw for short cuts like that and then sand the edge with the drum sander on a sled.

My hand seems to be healing good, it took the doc only minutes to stop the bleeding with some antibiotic gel that had something in it to shrink the corpuscles. I need some of that stuff when I am shaving. LOL
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I'm sorry to read about your incident and hope you aren't in any pain as well as wish you a complete and rapid recovery.

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Sorry to hear about your accident, glad it was not more serious. I have a Bosch TS as well, same push stick. I also picked up some cheapo plastic push sticks the night I picked up my TS . The next day, I was running some stock through, and the stick contacted the blade, and the tip exploded. No injury, but it sounded like a gunshot going off. I immediately made a wooden push stick, then later made one I feel is a little safer. They are both getting pretty chewed up, so I have plans to make some more soon.

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Sorry to hear, Herb...hope you heal quickly...thanks for sharing and giving all of us a reminder...


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