A Two Minute Safety Tip

When cleaning on and around your table saw, it is a good idea to crank the saw blade down below the table surface. In fact, it's a good idea to lower the blade whenever the table saw is not in use.

I recently completed a saw till to hold my motley collection of handsaws, and I incorporated an important rule into the design: Store the saw with its cutting edge toward the wall. Several saw till designs I've seen on the Internet are built to hold the saws with cutting edges facing away from the wall. That presents a lot of opportunities for cuts and nicks. Think of a kitchen knife holder: would you store the knives in a drawer with cutting edges up? Probably not for long!

Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, TX

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