I’m sure glad that I use, at least some, intelligence when operating the TS. Tonight I had a piece of wood vanish into the land of missing socks.
I was ripping a small piece of wood (approx. 4.5 x 3 x 10.25) using the rip fence and a few stupids. 1) The cut was only 4.5” so I did not remove the 72 tooth and put on a rip blade. 2) It was only 4.5 inches so just used a couple push sticks...Suddenly the wood vanished. It was so fast I couldn’t even say which direction.
I was standing to the side out of line with the blade. However, it did catch me with a glancing blow to the ribs. Thank God it was a glancing blow, that hurt enough. I also managed a one inch scratch on the right arm and a broken left thumbnail. The bangs were so widely placed that I almost believe that each of the three flying parts found a separate target.
I did find the end of one of the push sticks that was broken off (broken, not cut) and eventually I did find the cut-off. However, the main piece remained hidden. Myrna says I can be a stubborn son-of-a-gun and after this I may have to agree. I hunted for that piece for an hour. All of the doors were closed. There is no window. There is also no “save” piece of wood...It’s gone! I gave up and made a new one.
My shop isn’t all that big and, in spite of what Glenn says, it is not that messy. Guess I will have to look in the rafters next or try to find the missing sock landfill.