Get in position to saw
You've got everything on hand, you've gone through the checklist and you've thought through all your cuts. You're set to saw. And as you do, keep the following in mind.
- Stand with your weight equally balanced on both feet. If the board should suddenly give, you don't want to run into the blade.
- Be absolutely sure that the blade never comes between your body and your hands, either front to back or side to side.
Use a feather board to hold stock against the fence. And make sure you have a firm pushing grip on it.
- As you saw, don't reach over the blade to push stock. Always keep your hand as far away from the blade as practical. If need be, use a pushstick.
- If you're making repetitive cuts, stop frequently to take a break. Many accidents happen after boredom lulls a person into carelessness.
- After completing the cut, let the blade come to a complete stop on its own. Don't push scrap wood against the blade to stop its rotation.
- When you've finished sawing, turn off the tablesaw and lower its blade below table height.
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