Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

The controversial California table saw safety bill is one step closer to becoming law. A senate panel recently approved the bill on a 3 to 2 vote. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote expected in August.

Marc Lifsher of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

Legislation aimed at curbing table-saw accidents that often result in amputationssurvived a party-line vote in a state Senate committee.

The measure, approved 3 to 2 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would make California the first state in the nation to require that table saws be equipped with “injury mitigation technology” to stop a blade quickly enough to avoid amputations and severe lacerations…

…The industry, led by the Power Tool Institute, a trade group in Cleveland, criticized the bill for attempting to create a monopoly for Gass’ company. Proponents have said that Gass’ invention has demonstrated that the technology is viable.

Williams said the proposal has been broadened so that many manufacturers could develop their own injury-avoidance devices.

The full article is available at www.latimes.com

If you live in California and have an opinion on this bill, be sure and contact your Senator. We have reported on this table saw safety bill in the past and feel that woodworkers should be able to make our own decisions regarding their safety.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Turning Big Wooden Balls

Keith Holamon is turning big wooden balls on a lathe he designed and made. This aspiring woodworker was making balls and they got bigger and bigger and the lathes he was using were not big enough so he made a piece of equipment to handle the size he wanted. On this truck mounted lathe he takes wood that no one wants such as stumps and turns them into beautiful artwork.

Turning A Big Wooden Ball

Big Wooden Ball Project from Mike Leuis on Vimeo.

His work is inspiring, here are some of the comments from around the web.

“Fantastic. Very inspiring even if I’ll never build a massive truck with a massive lathe hanging off of the back of it.”

” Really loved this. Makes my 6″ sphere jig seem puny.”

“There’s something captivating about Keith Holamon and his spending a fortune to create huge wooden balls.”

“I was surprised to see how beautiful the final products were. The process is so rough looking and yet the final pieces are really beautiful.”

I love the look of these wooden balls, the grain is simply amazing! While turning big wooden balls is not something everyone can do, with the right equipment anything is possible.

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Bench Dog Router Table Review

Bench Dog Router Table Review

Bench Dog Router Table Review
Bench Dog ProMaxRT 40-300 Router Table

Matt Vanderlist of Matt’s Basement Workshop and Gerry Barnaby got together on ToolSelect.com for a Bench Dog router table review. In the video posted below they discuss the top of the line model 40-300 Promax-RT cast iron router table which includes the fence and cabinet.

This router table has a cast iron top which comes in at nearly 100 lbs. The top measures a massive 32″ x 24″ and is 1-1/4″ thick and is ground to be flat withing .008″.  The included cabinet is made from high grade Baltic birch ply. Also included is the Bench Dog 32″ ProFence along with a heavy duty router plate with options to fit a number of different routers.

Bench Dog Router Table Review

For more tool reviews go to ToolSELECT.com

While the price is not cheap Bench Dog has created a great value in  the 40-300 Promax-RT cast iron router table/fence/cabinet combo. In addition I found the video review that Matt & Barnaby did was very informative. You can find out more about this Bench Dog router table package at Amazon.com.

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Woodturner Upgrades His Workshop

A Woodturner upgrades his workshop and installs his new Rikon lathe in this time lapse video. The aspiring woodworker from VI Wood Works posted the following on YouTube.

Woodturner Upgrades His Workshop

I have been planning on getting a better lathe for about a year now and with a nice tax return, I am able to finally upgrade. I bought a Rikon Wood Fast 70-500 with a 20″ swing and a 2 hp motor. I chose this lathe over the rest because of how much you get for the price, all the adapters and rest sizes are common as opposed to say a Oneway in which you have to have two sets of everything if you have two lathes…

I like the rolling stand he made for his tools, just might copy some of that as I am in the process of reorganizing my shop.

 

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Analyzing Bandsaw Blade Squeal

Matthias Wandel of woodgears.ca does a great job analyzing bandsaw blade squeal in this video found on youtube. If you are wondering why your band saw is making that noise, this video will show you and help you decide what type of blade can help prevent the noise.

Analyzing Bandsaw Blade Squeal

He certainly put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the video. I loved the model blade he made and learned much from his video analyzing bandsaw blade squeal.

If you would like to learn more about band saw blade squeal or how to tune your band saw for better operation check out The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird. I have it and find it a great reference whenever I have a question about all things bandsaw!

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table saw safety legislation is proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed in California by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill he introduced would require Sawstop type of technology which would detect flesh and stop the blade with an electronic brake.

Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes.

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

SACRAMENTO, CA – Table saws sold in California after jan. 1, 2015 would need to include flesh-detecting technology integrated to an electronic saw blade brake, under proposed legislation…

…Woodworking equipment and table saw manufacturer Delta Machinery issued a statement on the California legislation:

Many of you have heard about and voiced your opinion in various forums and postings regarding the potential requirement for “Flesh Detecting Technology” on every table saw. Recently,a bill that would REQUIRE this technology on every table saw sold in California (AB 2218 Table Saw Safety Act) was introduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara).

Click here to read the full post at woodworkingnetwork.com

table saw safety legislation is proposed
Table saw safety legislation is proposed requiring brakes similar to those made by Sawstop.

We all have our own opinions of this type of legislation. Here at Aspiring Woodworker we has discussed this in the past in our Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central post regarding the CPSC’s proposed safety rules. As you can read in that post, while I feel that the Sawstop technology discussed is great for safety, the government should not tell us we have to have it.

While the comment period for this bill has passed this may be coming to other states. If we hear that other table saw safety legislation is proposed or have more info on the present proposals we will post it here.

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Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Michael Christopher of Wuzzup TV a local community television show produced this Lie-Nielsen factory tour video. The show based out of Lincoln County, Maine is hosted by Bobby Whear and Kit Hayden and highlights various regional locations, businesses and events.

I am not sure if the hosts are woodworkers but they do a good job discussing various aspects of the Lie-Nielsen woodworking tool business. The video runs around 25 minutes long, has some lighthearted moments including one when the cameraman “walks into” a problem.

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Click here for more videos from the show on brctv.org.

It is nice to see that all of the material and parts Lie-Nielsen uses to make their tools are from the USA, primarily from New England. As they state on their website at www.lie-nielsen.com

We are proud to continue the tradition of “Made in America.” Instead of out-sourcing all our jobs for the cheapest price and short term profit, we are stubbornly local. We have found that the best quality is right here in Maine. We source our metal castings from New England foundries, our wood from Maine sawyers, and make almost everything else the old-fashioned way at our shop in Warren.

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour
No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane like those shown in Lie-Nielsen factory tour video.

I would like to thank Nancy from nanuink.com for sending me the link to this video tour of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, be sure and check out her artwork! If you have a woodworking video, post or website you think should be posted here at Aspiring Woodworker send us a message via the contact us page and we will take a look at it.

Every woodworker can appreciate the quality of woodworking tools made by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Click here if you would like to learn more about some of the tools featured in the Lie-Nielsen factory tour.

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How Many Chisels Do You Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?

As an aspiring woodworker I own a number of different chisels, how many chisels do you have?  There are specialized chisels for many different purposes as Dennis Laney of A Woodworker Musings explains.

How many chisels do you Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?
How many chisels do you have, aspiring woodworkers want to know?

I used to think that my wife simply didn’t understand me when she would widen her eyes and ask, “why do you need so many tools?”.  Then not too long ago a friend came into the shop and asked, “what in the name of all that’s holy do you use all of these different chisels for?”   (His adjectives were actually a little different…

…an English “pigsticker” sash mortise chisel, tanged and heavily shouldered, it is used to “chop” mortises cross grain;  a Continental style sash mortise chisel, hooped, ferruled and washered (still not as durable as the English pigsticker; a large firmer chisel, front and back surfaces are usually parallel (or darned close to it), generally used in heavy work and to align (“register”) the walls of mortises created by boring with a boring machine or brace and bit; a gooseneck or lock mortise chisel, used to clean up the bottom of blind mortises…

Read the full article at dblaney.wordpress.com

Be sure and spend a little time reading the other posts on Dennis’s site, he does a great job talking about traditional woodworking techniques.

A chisel is one of the most basic tools a woodworker can use, yet they are vital in so many ways. I love old chisels and have a number that I picked up over the years, some are still missing handles that someday I will get around fixing.  So how many chisels do you have, let us know in the comments.

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Table Saw Kickback Video

I had seen this table saw kickback video some time back, but thought it was important that I post it here. In the video Tom Hintz from NewWoodworker.com demonstrates  a table saw kickback as well as what happens when a router table is used improperly.

What really hits home is when the kickback is shown in slow motion. He came very close to having his hand come in contact with the spinning blade.

Table Saw Kickback Video

For years it was thought to be safe or even fashionable to use a table saw without a blade guard or riving knife. If the accompanying video does not make that sound like a dumb way to use this machine there is a better than even chance that you are an idiot. Until today, I was an idiot also for thinking of doing this demonstration but after watching my own video I am cured.
There are many ways of having kickbacks on the table saw but the most common seems to be the wood simply turning towards the blade as it

Click here to read the full post on NewWoodworker.com

After watching the table saw kickback video I thing you will all think a little more about your safety when using a table saw.

A featherboard is a great safety addition for your table saw. I own this magnetic version from Ridgid. It works great and
you can get it now for half the price of the Magswitch model!

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Woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Woodworking Classes At Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
Woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop - Photo from PFW

Woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop are a popular pastime. The workshop offers woodworking classes in various aspects of furniture making. It does not matter if you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran, they have something for everyone.

These woodworking classes include hand techniques such as using planes, sharpening skills, to machine work in their fully equipped shop. The equipment includes traditional workbenches, table saws, jointers, lathes, bandsaws, a high tech combo jointer/planes, various hand tools and more.

In this article from alisterpaine.com, they discuss coming in for a novice class making a hearth bench.

Woodworking Classes At Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is a truly unique experience—it’s a full service teaching studio for those interested in the art of woodworking. If you passed the wood shop class with flying colors in 7th grade and always wanted to try your hand at a band saw again, this is the place to do it. Philadelphia Furniture Workshop differs slightly from other wood working courses or ‘open to the public’ classes you may have found before…

…Whatever your skill level, interest, or direction as a woodworker or just a fascinated outsider who likes getting his hands dirty, head to Philly. You’ll have something fantastic to show for your weekend come Monday morning.

Click here to read the original article at alisterpaine.com

The goal of the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is to help student learn about woodworking an have fun while doing it. If you are interesting in taking some woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop you can find more information on their website.

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