New Table Saw Safety Regulations Proposed

Listening to the radio on my way to work this morning, I overheard this story:

Should you decide not to listen to the 5 minute segment linked above (although it’s definitely worth it), a brief synopsis from the NPR site:

NPR has learned that federal regulators are taking steps toward new safety requirements for table saws. These saws have open spinning blades and can cause severe injuries. But the industry is resisting additional requirements.

table sawThere’s quite a bit of information discussed in the story that our readers are likely already familiar with, as there has been quite a bit of real and virtual ink spent on this topic (including related to Rob’s editorial from our most recent April Fool’s Day eZine – once again, IT WAS A JOKE … at the time … ).

However, it would appear that there continues to be wind in the sails of this movement.  What are your reactions to this latest information?

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

PS - If you have opinions that you’d like to share with the Consumer Products Safety Commission, below is a link to send them your feedback:

Delta’s New Melamine Blade Cuts Like a Laser

This morning, it was time to conduct an unofficial tool test.

About two months ago, Delta mailed me one of their new 60-tooth melamine-cutting blades and asked me to give it a try. Despite the fact that saw blades don’t show up at my doorstep for free very often (actually, I can’t remember when the last time was), it’s been sitting in my blade holder for a while now. Here’s the reason: I’m not a big fan of melamine. I don’t use it often in my projects precisely for the reason that they’ve designed this specialty blade—melamine’s thin coating chips like crazy when you cut it.

At least with an ordinary saw blade it does.

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Quicker Dado Blade Set-ups

Label your blades and chippers, then keep track of combinations that you use often on cards you keep in your dado blade case.

Label your blades and chippers, then keep track of combinations that you use often on cards you keep in your dado blade case.

Well, this week I’ll be pulling out my dado blade and cutting some shelf dadoes for a big case goods project that will run in our June 2010 issue. Of course I’ll want to set it up accurately to cut nice, tight dadoes on my undersized plywood. It’s a  job that reminds me of a post I wrote last September. In case you didn’t see it then, I’d like to offer up a couple of tricks to make the set-up process faster and easier. They’ve come in awful handy for me.

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