Table Saw 101: Kickback

What is Kickback?

Kickback is the result of a blade catching on different pieces of equipment or wood and causes a violent throw back to the front of the structure more specifically towards the operator of the saw. The kickback can vary in degree and can cause severe injury to the saw operator. It is also not uncommon for objects experiencing kick back to be propelled at high velocities into a wall or even into a bystander. The force of the object at a high velocity can cause fatalities.

When Does Kickback Happen?

There are many different situations when kickback can occur. The most common are listed below.

  • Kickback can happen if the wood pinches the saw blade causing small amounts of stress. When using your fingers to hold the wood it can almost be impossible to predict if and when this could happen. Often the wood will become pinched causing an instant kickback. This type of kickback can be prevented with the use of a dado. Cutting with a dado and then raising the saw blade to leave a splitter tab for uncut wood kickback could be avoided. There are also anti-kickback holds that are used to raise the blade while cutting.
  • Any time that the wood a person is working on moves while being cut and is immediately forced back into the correct position it can cause a violent kickback. This can easily be avoided by the implement of feeder wheels that are designed to be close to the blade and are used to hold the wood down and control the blade cut more effectively. Feeder wheels come in both powered and unpowered versions. Unpowered versions usually consist of magnets or clamps. Feeder wheels can also be used to replace fingers close to the blade so it also lowers the risk of accidental severing of fingers.
  • Kickback can occur when the wood or board is pinched between the base of the blade and the fence. The fence area should always be parallel with the saw blade to ensure the best cuts on both sides of the saw blade. Fence should never be allowed to reside closer to the base or rear of the saw blade than the front. This can cause many damage marks as well as the additional risk of kickback occurring.

Kickback can occur at any time and if operators follow safety regulations they can greatly reduce their risk of injury.



What Is A Scroll Saw?

While most items today are known for being hand-made, others sold in the market are more like partially hand-made that made certain tools like the scroll saw useful without the novelty in the items made.


A scroll saw is a woodworking tool that you can use when trying to cut slates of wood intended to create novelty items like little wooden ornaments, table napkin holders, envelope openers, pen holders and similar items that you may have seen in trinket stores. It’s usually machine-run and easy to operate that some kids, given that they are provided adult supervision as well, can use it too. The scroll saw comes handy whenever the kind of wood carving needs that arise involve not too thin slates of wood but big enough to be rotated around while it’s being cut.


That’s where the beauty of the scroll saw actually lay – the ability to cut wood with less noise, less sawdust and more smoothness on wood. The blade usually attached to the equipment is thin and somewhat rounded enough to sleekly cut into the wood and cause less wood chipping or dusting. The fact that you can rotate the wood slate around while you are trying to follow the pencil pattern drawn on it makes it very convenient to use.


One of the problems then you have to worry about when having the slate you plan to cut is which pattern to draw in order to cut in. Another foreseen problem as well is the bulk of the equipment that makes it heavy enough to be moved around the work station. This means that you need to consider which part of the workshop do you have to place this in a way that can help you work best.


Knowing first the basics of using a scroll saw is important before knowing next which brand or variant to buy. Get in touch with your nearest hardware store to see which equipment suited your needs best.


The Effectiveness of Skirting board Heaters

Baseboard heaters or skirting board heaters are efficient and unobtrusive way of heating houses. As we all know from science class hot air rises while cold air sinks and with baseboard heaters the cold air is sucked in, heated up using a self-contained heating core, then forces hot air out. It is an ongoing cycle that keeps the room warm.

Skirt board heaters are considered to be efficient not only in energy consumption but they are also space savers. They eliminate the need for a large gas furnace in your house and you can have skirt board heaters in individual rooms. This means that the temperature can be regulated in each individual room and you don’t have a heater working overtime to try and heat rooms that you are not using. This effectively lowers the cost you spend on heating.

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Skirt board heaters are low maintenance which is a plus in a busy household. They do not need any extra ductwork or insulation which saves a ton on expenses. It also does not require an expensive cleaning so the heaters become very low maintenance if not maintenance free.

Skirting board heaters fall under many common myths such as it requiring more energy to warm a room to a certain temperature as well as a lot of energy to maintain that set temperature. Skirt board heaters do take a slightly longer amount of time to heat a room than traditional home heating systems they are just as efficient at maintaining a set temperature once the set temperature is reached. Skirt board heaters do not use any more energy than your normal heating system would.

Skirt board heaters are an increasingly popular choice for a more modern update to homes. They are efficient alternatives for home owners that are having issues accessing natural gas pipelines or for smaller homes that don’t necessarily have the extra storage for a boiler or furnace. They are the best choice for cost efficient electric heating.



Indigenous Plants to Cape Town

With Cape Town’s tropical climate it isn’t hard to imagine that Cape Town would be the home of some of the most interesting indigenous plants in the world. Below we are going to look at a few of the plants that have called Cape Town their home for many years.

Proteas in Cape Town

These are a genus of flowering plants in South Africa commonly known as sugar bushes. The Proteas take their name from Proteus, the Greek god who could change his form. They received this name in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus because there was such a large variety of Proteas. The Proteas can trace their evolutionary history back almost 300 million years ago and has since then been divided into a pair of subfamilies.

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Cape Town Agathosma

More commonly known as Buchu is a flowering plant indigenous to South Africa around the Cape Town area. These flowering plants are known for their appealing fragrance as well as the medicinal properties that it produces. They are tiny shrubs with crowded leaves and produce flowers with five tiny petals. The colors of the flowers range from red, pink, white, and purple. Around Cape Town these shrubs are harvested in order to take advantage of their medicinal abilities. The flowers and leaves can be made into essential oils as well as herbal remedies for UTI’s or other gastrointestinal issues. There are even antiseptic properties that allow it to be an adequate first aid ointment. Cape Town has expanded the uses of the Buchu to include adding it to certain types of brandy, making teas out of it, as well as making vinegar out of it.


Fynbos are popular attractions for tourists, especially in Cape Town and they are important to the local people. Unless you hire a landscape architect in CAPE TOWN, you can have this at your house.

They are a small shrub that are related to geranium and aloe plants. They grow to be luscious and green and make wonderful plants for gardens as well as windows. The fynbos shrubs are used for their medicinal purposes as well such as being a decent antiseptic. Planting fynbos in your personal gardens would actually help the environment because the fynbos are starting to become endangered. They are endangered because they grow in areas that are prone to urban expansion as well as additional agriculture. They are also threatened by other species of plants. There are over 1000 different types of fynbos plants that are endangered and conservation has become a top priority.



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