Of course, there were many reasons why my recent kickback accident happened. I was cutting without using the splitter. I had a temporary lack of focus while I was completing the cut. And, all of the featherboards and push blocks I should have been using were heaped in a pile at the end of my miter saw bench. Groovy…
Yeah, this was an area I had been meaning to get to since I built the miter bench last year. I simply tucked my hand planes in the till over there and kept looking at the void of space where I could have put my table saw organization station, and I swore I would get to it. Well, gosh darnit, now sure is the time!
Fortunately, I had some leftover plywood from the banquette project, and thought it would be a good material for the simple shelf system. And, hey, 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood looks cool in a shop. Makes you almost think you are going upscale on your shop furniture! But, before I made any cuts, I was sure to put the splitter and blade guard on the saw. You know, you can never be too careful about this kind of stuff.
The piece was insanely simple to build – an open cabinet 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall. I broke it into six storage cubbies, each holding different push blocks, hold downs, featherboards and the like. After I put in the last screws to hold the bottom shelves, I tacked in a few cleats for some top shelves to sit on.
Yes, I know that I should cut a few shelves to sit up on those upper cleats to complete those babies, but it’s getting late, and I probably shouldn’t be working while I’m too tired… remember, that’s another important safety consideration! But, I think I can rest easier knowing that my table saw safety gear is someplace where I can get to it easily. There. No more excuses!