Safety at The Circular Saw: Push Sticks, Featherboard

Safety at the circular saw is a critical topic because you only have ten fingers … That is why in this article, we want to introduce you to push sticks, saw devices, and saw aids with which you can significantly increase the work safety on the table saw, miter saw, or sliding table saw and so safely will saw.

Gloves Have No Place in The Circular Saw

Before we get to the various saw assistants, we would like to discuss gloves on the circular saw. The myth still persists that gloves increase work safety on the table saw.

Many proponents want to protect themselves from wood splinters with gloves. No question about it, gloves also protect against wood splinters. BUT – if you should come to the saw blade with your gloves on, the glove may get caught in the blade, and your hand will be pulled towards the saw blade, causing severe injuries.

Without gloves, you will reflexively pull your hand away from the saw blade. As a result, the injury will usually not be as bad as if the glove got caught.

This is why the employers’ liability insurance association (BG) says that rotating machines with the risk of gloves getting caught are forbidden.

Push Sticks Are Part of The Basic Equipment

Everyone who works with a table saw is familiar with the various push sticks. You can use long ones to push the wood past the side of the saw blade. But there are also flat ones that you can primarily use for sheets or for cutting strips.

These push sticks for the circular saw have a notch at the bottom with which the board is pressed onto the saw table on the one hand and can be pushed forward easily on the other. In addition, the wood is prevented from knocking backward.

The push sticks only work if you have enough space to attach and the woods are as flat as possible. There are better holding devices for small and misshapen pieces of wood.

You Can Safely Saw Panels with Push Blocks

There are unique push blocks for sawing panels. These have an anti-slip rubber mat on the underside and an inclined handle. In this way, you can safely push panels and wide boards over the table saw. The hand is – thanks to the apt handle – turned away from the saw blade.

The Trimming Aid Increases the Safety of The Saw

The trimming aid is for the sliding table saw and helps safely remove the sapwood or the edge of a tree on a wooden plank.

The trimming aid consists of two parts. Once the trimming hold-down device and the trimming slide. With these two saw aids, you can safely wedge uneven and misshapen planks.

The trimming hold-down device is an angle plate under which you slide the screed. This prevents the board from breaking upwards.

The trimming slide consists of a bar from which screw tips protrude. A board with a handle is attached to this bar. There are sliding blocks on the underside to mount the trimming slide on the format slide. The screw tips then easily penetrate the screed when pushed and secure in the horizontal and vertical direction.

Then you clamp the wooden plank between the hold-down device and the trimming slide. The uneven and misshapen plank hardly wobbles due to the tips and the hold-down device. In this way, you can trim the wooden board cleanly or saw it open safely in strips.

Saw Safely with Hold-Down Clamps for The Circular Saw

With so-called hold-down clamps for the table saw can also be trimmed very well.

You can either buy them or build them yourself. To do this, we flexed two screw clamps apart and welded a threaded pin at the bottom (test welding device for beginners and professionals, Weldinger MEW 210 SYN)

T-nuts for the format slide can be attached to these threaded rods. So you can insert the screw clamps into the guide groove and press down your clippings in any position and saw them safely.

Even if you don’t have a format slide on your table saw, you can increase workplace safety with a hold-down device. Because there are also hold-downs to buy that you can attach with Spax. So you can screw the hold-downs onto a sacrificial board and clamp your clippings on it and saw them safely.

Fritz and Franz Is Our Favorite Sawmill

The saw aid Fritz and Franz – yes, that’s what it is called – is our favorite saw help, as it can be used in various ways and thus significantly increases work safety on the circular saw.

We have presented Fritz and Franz in more detail on our blog and developed building instructions for an improved Fritz and Franz.

With this saw aid, you can see strips very well and cut tiny sections safely. And always without putting your fingers in the danger area.

Feather Board for Circular Saws without Sliding Carriage

Many will know the feather board from the table milling machine. But this product also increases work safety on the table saw.

The tool consists of several prongs that point forward at an angle. You then mount it in such a way that your wood cannot break in any direction.

It can be mounted either as a hold-down on the rip fence or as a guide on the saw table. However, it should be noted that the feather board only works perfectly with right-angled and flat workpieces – primarily for wooden strips.

Fastcap 10 Million Dollar Stick – Safe Working

For the chop saw in particular, there are very few saw aids that can increase workplace safety. Whereby we want to saw small pieces of wood right there. This is, of course, quite dangerous as the fingers are always close to the saw blade. But that’s over now. A product comes from the USA that significantly increases the safety of the miter saw – the 10 million dollar stick from Fastcap. It’s called that because the inventor assumes that each finger is worth $ 1,000,000. Multiply by ten that adds up to $ 10 million. The $ 10 million stick consists of a long handle and two hold-downs. There is a small anti-slip pad on all three ends. With these pads, you can press or clamp tiny pieces of wood onto the machine table and thus saw safely at every angle.

The fingers are always far enough away from the saw blade. Unfortunately, not many retailers have the Fastcap 10 million dollar stick in their range yet. But as is the case with everyone, you shouldn’t skimp on safety. And if only a tiny fingertip can be saved with it, the tool has already paid for itself.

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