Table saw safety should not be ignored if you want to avoid serious injuries and reduce contaminants in the air. By making small monetary investments and adjustments to the way you currently use your saw, you can be well on your way to working smarter and safer. Your finished projects will also look better and you'll complete them faster by eliminating old-fashioned trial and error processes. Here are six essential table saw safety accessories you need.
1. Sawdust Collector
Rather than track sawdust in your home when you're done using a table saw, use a sawdust collector. These come with Velcro strips you attach to the saw base and a cloth pouch. If you plan to use your saw a lot in one session, you can adjust the cloth pouch to funnel mode and attach it to a shop vac. This is a crucial safety accessory if you or your family members suffer from allergies. Even if you don't, you want to do all you can to keep the air in your home clean and help avoid slippery floor surfaces as a result of the debris.
2. Zero Clearance Inserts
Small chips that get stuck in the blade and hurl back towards you while sawing can be avoided with zero clearance inserts. When inserted, these zero clearance inserts replace the metal throat plates on your saw, and eliminate the wide gaps on the saw's metal plates. The inserts will also help you collect dust better.
A splitter helps prevent boards from sliding from side to side. It also solves the problem of kickbacks and burnt edges by stopping the back edges from squeezing in while you saw. You can attach these to zero clearance inserts to ensure safer cuts.
4. Miter Gauge
Cutting miters can be tricky. Sometimes the bar wiggles out of its slot. A miter bar solves this problem by using disks that eliminate the side-to-side movements. The best part is you can repeat the process long after your first use and still have the same accurate measurements. One product to try is the Incra Miter Gauge V27, sold by Woodcraft.
5. New Blades
A simple step you can take towards table saw safety is to upgrade your blades. Replace old blades with ones that are top-notch. Consider buying thinner blades that won't strain your motor as much, and give you chip-free cuts when you saw cross-wise.
6. Digital Angle Gauge
Finding the right angle for some is a trial and error process made up of setting and testing the wood. With a digital angle gauge, you reduce your cutting needs (which improves safety) because it will find any angle on the first try. It measures to the nearest tenth of a degree and shows the angle on a digital display. All you need to do is to adjust your blade until you get the angle you're looking for.
It's worth buying the right tools to protect your fingers, which are irreplaceable. Do what you can to work towards buying these essential accessories for table saw safety to prevent unnecessary injuries. It's worth the money you'll spend.