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    Sawing Handheld Round Stock Safely

    Sawing round stock on a bandsaw can be a challenge. The stock tends to spin in your hand as the blade grabs the perimeter. This, at least, damages the stock. At worst, it can draw your hand into the blade.

    A modified hockey puck provides a good grip.

    If you are interested, please see this video




    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.


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    Thanks rgsparber! We've added your Bandsaw Safety Puck to our Bandsaws category,
    as well as to your builder page: rgsparber's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Very interesting. I would raise one safety related point. When using the saw this way, it's very easy for a finger to stray onto the blade under the saw table. I know this from experience... luckily I still have all my fingers... But it did hurt. For this reason I fitted an extension to the main blade cover.

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    Hockey pucks also make great non-marring bench blocks, a mill cuts neater but a sawed "V" groove works well enough. Drill some holes through it for drifting out pinned assemblies.

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    Maybe a spray of furniture polish on the bottom of the puck to smooth the feed.

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    Neat idea, but one thought, why is the whole blade exposed and unguided? Having watched a mature student abusing a bandsaw and not using the blade guide/guard almost make a life changing move, I hit the workshop EPO and upset a whole lot of people as a result, not just the s-too-dense, I can never understand why people operate things unguarded!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeiljohnUK View Post
    Neat idea, but one thought, why is the whole blade exposed and unguided? Having watched a mature student abusing a bandsaw and not using the blade guide/guard almost make a life changing move, I hit the workshop EPO and upset a whole lot of people as a result, not just the s-too-dense, I can never understand why people operate things unguarded!
    On this horizontal/vertical backsaw, this is all the guide you get and there is no blade cover. The lower guide supports my little table and the upper guide is beyond the view of the camera. I'm not saying that this is safe, just common.

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    Ah right, now I understand, dual use machine.


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