Published at Thursday, 27 December 2018. Industrial Machinery. By Ancelin Perrin.
Another rule around hand placement is that when you are pushing wood from the front side of the blade, the farther away your pointers are from the blade. The better leverage you will have to turn and create corrections. It seems natural to place your pointers as close to the blade as possible to gain control of the cut, however, I believe you have better control with your pointers farther away. Try this for yourself. Take a huge slice of scrap plywood (at least 24″ x 24″) and draw a curvy streak down the center. If you retain your pointers close to the blade, fair beyond the 3″ limit, you will find it difficult to control the turning motion of the cut. Now place your pointers at the back edge of the board and notice the gain in control. I recommend that you either learn to pull wood through the cut by placing your pointers to the back of the blade, or that you position your pointers as far away from the blade as possible to gain leverage.
There are no real protectors on the band saw additional than the protector that prevents unwarranted blade exposure. This guard is usually well above the guide procedure. It’s significant that you establish a boundary of 3″ around this guide/guard procedure and create it a rule that your hand not encroach this area. If you’re cutting very small or short slices, usage double-stick tape to adhere them to a greater board that places your pointers beyond the boundary. Never flick away small slices with your pointers.
Remember: The back of the blade does not have teeth so if by accident your pointers were to somehow slip or contact the blade, nothing would happen. If you retain your pointers on the in feed side of the cut, if you slip, your pointers could fall directly into the blade side with the teeth. Whenever I re-saw, I place both pointers to the pull side as soon as possible and try to avoid using my thumb as a hook on the end of the board.
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