A table saw blade guard works to protect you as you use the saw, as well as acts as a trap for sawdust. A guard should always be used. It only takes a single slip of a finger to cause serious injury to yourself. Fortunately installing a blade guard isn't difficult.
Step 1 – Types of Guards
Remember that there are several different types of guards. This means that you will want to look into all of the different options that you will have. No matter what type of guard you are using, there are several ways to go about it. Making one yourself will ensure that you are able to make it perfect to fit your specific needs. However, if you choose to purchase one you will have the opportunity to read directions that you can follow. However you do it remember that safety is key. That after all, is what a guard is all about.
Step 2 – Installation
The best way to make one yourself is to get a piece of #2 pine. You will need to cut it to about 3/4 by 1 1/4 by 10. From there you will need to get a slot cut in the center on one end of the board that you have cut.
Step 3 – Splitter
Your guard is going to need to be bolted to your splitter. This will make sure that your guard is attached securely and that you will be able to have it in the right place. In order to do this you will need to use a bolt and lock nut that is 1/4-20.
Step 4 – What to Expect
This type of guard is going to be perfect for preventing objects from falling onto the running blade. This can cause you to injure yourself as well as really do damage to your saw and the item that falls onto it. You will always need to be conscience about the placement of your fingers. This type of guard will help to keep your fingers safe from the blade, but it is not going to fully protect them from it. You will still need to use plenty of caution whenever you are using a table saw blade.
Step 5 – Dust Guards
You can also use similar tools and steps to install a dust guard. These are perfect for helping keeping all of the dust and debris from over powering both you and your saw. You do not want too much dust to interfere with your blade as it will cause damage to be done. The best way to do this is to get a dust guard.
Remember that a guard will work great to keep your blade protected from dust, but you will still need to vacuum in and around the blade.