Super-safe table saw push stick. #1
I am posting this idea for the sake of safety. Many old table saws are still in use in cabinet shops today. Being vintage, they don't come equipped with the newest safety features like riving knives and spreaders that prevent kick-back. Also they lack the over the blade covers that keep your hands away from the blade. Not everyone can or wants to upgrade their table saw's safety equipment, or buy a new saw.
I have come across a very simple idea to protect your fingers and maintain control in nearly all ripping operations on your table saw. This push stick stradles the fence with a handle on top for control. When you push a piece through the blade you have complete control and can't get close with your fingers. Every saw owner can make one, even if you do have the latest model.
I have seen some woodworkers, trusting their experience, using their thumb to guide stock between the blade and the fence. Some will hook their little finger over the fence
for better control. This does improve your chances but I don't want to take any chances! I want to lower my odds of losing a finger to zero! Have a look....