A woodworking YouTuber wanted to demonstrate the dangers of a table saw kicking back and nearly got injured himself.
In this video, woodworker Tom Hintz of newwoodworker.com took table saw kickback literally into his own hands in order to demonstrate the danger.
Tom is a popular YouTube woodworker. He decided to do a safety video by demonstrating table saw kickback. If you haven’t guessed, Tom is an idiot – and he’ll tell you that himself before the video is over. There are two hacks here. One is Tom’s careful analysis and preparation for demonstrating kickback. The other “hack” here is the one that came breathtakingly close to happening.
Kickback is one of the most common table saw accidents. The type of kickback Tom was attempting to demonstrate is when a board turns and catches the blade past the axle. On a table saw kickback is extremely dangerous for two reasons. First, the piece of wood being cut becomes a missile launched right back at the saw operator. Second, the saw operator’s hand, which had just been pushing the wood, is now free to slid right into the blade.
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