Fe+ar Of Getting Finger To Close To TS Blade
After submitting this thread I see that there is an error in the title, it should read, Preventing the danger of getting fingers to close to the TS blade. I don't know how to edit the title so have added this explanation.
I recently had a need to cutd four workpieces that were about three inchs long with the ends cut at 45 degrees. I was using the the Incra Express Sled with the Incra Miter gauge installed. As you can imagine the first 45 degree cut was easy in that it was cut from a long piece of stock. Just to be more clear, the workpieces were about an inch an a half wide, I am telling you this just so you might better visualize what was going one. Anyway, the second cut was the scary one. After the stop on the fence was brought so that all four pieces would be near the same length, in this application exact length was no important but getting reasonably close would be good enough.
Anyway, as you might be able to imagine, putting those short piece through the TS blade meant that my fingers were way to close to the blade for comfort. I got the pieces cut but later, after considering the danger, I knew that I need a better approach to doing this if and when it ever comes up again.
So here is my plan, and though it may seem quite obvious to most experienced members of this forum, if it saves just one persons fingers it is important to explain what my thinking is. Here goes. first cut four pieces of the stock that you want to cut the four short final pieces from. I mean four pieces that are the width and thinkness of the final four pieces that you want. In this csse I would cut these first four piece at least ten inches long. and then cut one of the ends of each of them at 45 degrees. Once that is done, the stop on the fence can be set quite a distance from the plade so that the secpmd cut at 45 degrees can be done with out having to get one's fingers dangereously close to the blade. Before making that last one, the four pieces that are to be cut need to be cut to the same length so that when using the stop on the fence the resulting length of each of the final pieces will be the same. Hope you follow may thinking on this.
Here is just one example how of how an new comer to woodworking learns from need how to do a simple but potentially dangereous job. I am not sure how this could be accomplished without a fence without a fence with a stop not being attached to the miter gauge, will have to think about that one, but since I do have the fence etc., I probably won't spend a lot of time on how to do it
Last edited by Jerry Bowen; 04-15-2013 at 04:02 AM.