PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT YOUR SHOP! SAFETY IS A PARAMOUNT CONCERN, AND YOU DON’T WANT TO INJURE YOURSELF!
Nothing is more terrifying to a woodworker than the possibility of being injured in his or her shop. One of the most potentially gruesome injuries could occur if the piece you are cutting on a table saw gets caught up and kicked back at you. I don’t care how small your saw is – because of the dynamics of how the blade cuts, it can happen. I remember once having a piece kickback on me while using a powerful Delta Unisaw. While I wasn’t hurt, I did need to change my drawers…
Tom Hintz of New Woodworker.com does a tremendously foolish – yet valuable – thing for all woodworkers by purposely causing a kickback and capturing the results on video. Even knowing the kickback was coming didn’t prevent a violent reaction from taking place. The results of the video will leave you feeling a bit sick to your stomach (Look at how freakin’ close his hand comes to the saw blade), the video disproves some long-held beliefs many woodworkers have about this kind of accident (I don’t need a splitter or riving knife, I can hold the board down and ride out the kickback, etc.).
Please, watch this video if you work with a table saw. These accidents happen in the blink of an eye and can carry tremendous force. Remember – your hobby shouldn’t have to cost you a trip to the hospital.
And, Tom – please don’t ever try this again… OK?