Strap adds extra margin of tablesaw safety
A co-worker recently had a close call with our cabinet-style tablesaw. While using his tape measure to set the rip fence, he leaned against the saw. The key ring in his pants pocket accidentally pressed the saw's recessed "start" button—with his hand only about 1⁄4" from the blade. Fortunately, he wasn't injured, but after seeing this near accident, I decided to add an extra measure of safety.I shaped a metal strap to fit over the switch box and stand out from the start button about 1". I then drilled an access hole in the strap and mounted it over the switch box with the access hole directly over the start button. Now, for the saw to turn on, you really have to want it to start.—Mark Patrick, Ionia, Mich.