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Thread: Norm kinda freaked me out last night

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    Norm kinda freaked me out last night

    Last night I was watching a recorded episode of NYW. It was the one where Norm was rebuilding the bench where his Miter Saw and Radial Arm Saw lives.

    Everything was going along fine, all making sense to me. Then it came time to put on the poplar edging for the bench. He mitered the big deal there.... then he used his plate joiner to cut biscuit recesses in the mitered corners to help keep them in place as he nailed the edges to the bench. The concept makes sense.... however he held/braced the work piece against his leg while he used the plate joiner on the mitered end. I might not be explaining this clearly, but if you get the chance to catch this episode, you'll see what I mean. This really freaked me out. It looked just plain dangerous to me. I understand that the blade on a plate joiner is on a spring, to try to pull it back in to the housing, and if you did get cut by the blade, it wouldn't be probably more than an inch deep, but still why take the chance???

    For someone who thousands of dollars of tools in his shop, you would think that he would have (or would make) some jig that would allow him to do this in a safe manner. As some one that a good deal of woodworkers look up to, Norm definatly wasn't setting a good example on this one.

    Edit: What happened to his canned line, "Now let's talk about shop safety...." ?
    Last edited by Sean Wright; 08-07-2007 at 06:51 PM.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I would not do that any more than I would hold a 2x4 against my thigh and cut it to length the way you see our soon to be less than ten fingered friends do. It's kinda like holding something in your hand you're drilling through or air nailing into. You see folks do it but, not this cowboy.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    He does a number of things that I consider dangerous. But, he is the 'expert' wadda I know? I do know, I don't watch him anymore.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    I thought the same thing, major alarm bells when he did that. how hard would it be to put the board on the bench for safety's sake?

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