Safety First? Or Only After a Few Years?
Here at Woodworker’s Journal HQ, we produce not only the Woodworker’s Journal Weekly, but also the print edition of Woodworker’s Journal magazine. Usually, Rob writes an introductory editorial for both (except when he’s fishing, or hunting, or, to my knowledge, driving aimlessly around looking for the game birds that have already flown away).
A couple of months ago, he wrote in the print magazine about his experience using table saw safety guards. Summary: years ago, he didn’t use them. Then he got older and, possibly, wiser, and started thinking more about safety.
We heard from a LOT of readers who had their opinions, and their own stories, about their use through the years of guards and safety equipment. So many readers, in fact, that the responses overflowed the print magazine … and ended up in the Feedback section of this issue of the Weekly. Feel free to add your voice, and your experiences, to the conversation, either through the comments or by clicking on my name below to email in a response.
Joanna Werch Takes, Woodworker’s Journal
Josh Stotler makes and restores guitars and stringed instruments, with a particular affinity for inlay and custom themes.
Can the millions of pine beetle-infected trees in Western U.S. forests be harvested and put to good use? If so, what can the wood be used for?
Twenty-volt, dual-rail cordless miter saw will crosscut 8-in.-wide stock up to 3-1/2 in. thick and comes with a 4Ah battery, fast charger and carbide blade.
This reader built his own saddle-type jig to help him cut thin strips on his table saw.
Looking for a smooth, clean surface for your next workbench or outfeed table? This reader has a suggestion for a cheap, easy-to-use option.
In response to a question from the print Woodworker’s Journal, readers share whether they do or don’t use the guards on their table saw — and how their approach to safety is different now than it was “back then.”
Here’s an easy-to-build, one-day shop project to protect your favorite kitchen accessories. Use up some leftover wood and save the edges on your kitchen knives!