Steele510 wrote:t please please do be SAFE everyone.
Thank you and Whole heartedly agree!!!
Going into that particular piece was my most concern, and I jumped over to the flapdisks for rough sanding ASAP. As with almost all wood tools, they are INHERENTLY dangerous - and we can only try and mitigate where possible. I made a few test cuts / runs with it before I made it over to the main piece, trying to get a feel for it.
The risk was never totally mitigated, but all guards were attached, I angled the piece up on the extension table to be closer to my sight lines (maybe 60deg?), and learned through experimentation that the "top right" quadrant was the safest cutting edge to be on. *WHEN* a
catch or a gouge happened, that quadrant wanted to pull the machine away from your body rather than towards it, making it easier to plan your safety zone for hands, body, and cable.
All that to say... it has the capability of being a gruesome tool no doubt.
Brand new to Shopsmiths - Working with & working on a MarkV - SS54109.