Ive made a lot of mistakes during the course of my 8 years of woodworking.
Some have hurt me physically, some have cost me money.
the good news is, I have all ten fingers and learned a valuable lesson, once again.(did not help my phobia of blades though)
Decided I wanted to cut some pieces to attempt a segmented bowl, so I decided to reset and calibrate my new incra5000, as I only did it without reading the instructions thoroughly the first time.
I had all afternoon, no rush, read everything, set it all perfect, noticed I was off ever so slightly on my original setup, figured that was my reasons for a tiny bit off angles.
(I shined a light on top while I was working on it so I could see when I lined up the fence)
satisfied I took the strips of plywood I cut as practice, carefully loaded one strip on incra sled, clamped it down, was set to go, turned on the saw.
Boom! sounded like a slightly muffled nine millimeter handgun pop, the brake kicked in and locked the blade.
I am an idiot. I left the second clamp on the board, loose, when I turned on the saw, it must have caught a microscopic edge of it, since it didn't move, and I don't see a real nick in it, maybe just a discoloration of paint, so it must have caught just enough to trigger the brake.
so now Im out whatever the brake costs, a new blade, and a little time off my life when that thing popped.
getting the blade and brake cartridge out was no easy chore, I called sawstop to see if there was a trick to it, turns out, you just have to kind of walk it off together, stick the wrench in, nudge the brake, then nudge the blade, and so forth until it comes off.
what an idiot I am. first rule of woodworking make sure your work space is clean and clear of any obstacle.
a 200 dollar lesson, probably a good one for me, as I tend to be a messy/disorganized woodworker.
this is what it looks like.
its just funny, I finally feel the knee is good enough to put in a few hours in the shop, and well, my life story, one step forward, 3 steps backwards.