Fear or Respect?

Royston, GA(Zone 7b)

I wanted to know if any of you felt the same way at one time or another.

I have noticed when using something powerful, (ie router, table saw, circular saw etc) I have this inital fear. I have it currently when using my table saw. Maybe its just the fact that I have never used one, or maybe just respect for a machine that could easily cut one of my limbs off. But its there. It passes after time once I get used to the machine.

Has or does anyone else feel this way when using thier equipment?

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Having had wood kicked back from a table saw and bits come loose from a router there is a great respect, perhaps not quite fear, for the power of power tools to inflict heavy damage upon ones body.

Peekskill, NY(Zone 6b)

The more you use the equipment, the more fear gives way to respect. But the fear element can be distracting when you're trying to do precise work, so you might want to "practice" with your equipment on scrap wood to build up your confidence level prior to using the machine when it really counts.

Royston, GA(Zone 7b)

Good then. I don't feel so bad about being fearful. I had my first piece of wood kick back at me. I now know what it means to listen to the blade. I am attempting to learn more about table saws so that I can use the proper techniques. I also am seeing the importance of Jigs. So much safer to use one.

So my fear has subsided a bit. Not much though. Guess need more practice.

Missouri City, TX

Magwar,
Sorry to join this thread so late, but just found it.

I too, worry when working with a "new" tool. And have been attending "The Woodworking Shows" for several years to learn from some professionals. Not to mention getting some great tools at a much discounted price. I take my DW and she now knows what I want - you know birthdays, Christmas, etc.

Bought some magnetic featherboards - have never had a kickback since. Also rebuilt the splitter - made more of a true riving knife to prevent the kickback.

I also agree with repeat_Bloomer - practice with some scrap first.
Glad I did when first using my router - I made a mess of things - burned, gouged, you name it, but now am confident of what I'm doing.

Pittsfield,, MA(Zone 5b)

My husband is a professional furniture builder and we both have a shop full of good quality woodworking tools. A healthy respect for any power tool is a good thing. we were out to dinner with 2 brothers-in-law and an uncle and my husband was the only one with all his fingers!!! We've both been hit with flying wood from kick back. I always stand off center when using my table saw "just in case"

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