Several years ago, I set up my first woodworking shop, which was located in a co-op woodshop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. As an independent woodworker building custom cabinetry, furniture, and interior elements, I quickly learned the benefits of working in a shared space—the other craftspeople and I became both students and teachers of one another, mining the depths of our collective experience for new knowledge and ideas.
Things were going great until I had an unfortunate run-in with a table saw. For those who don’t know, the table saw is one of the more dangerous machines in any shop, as the operator’s hands move perilously close to a sharp, whirling blade. My accident was quick and frightening—in a half second my left hand suffered two severed tendons and a mangled artery. The threat of losing a finger loomed. It took six hours of surgery, but doctors were able to reconstruct my damaged fingers, repair damaged arteries, and graft new tendons. Six months later, we hope that feeling and sensation will return and that range of motion will improve. My hand, though, will never be as it was.As I continue to focus on my recovery and building strength in my hand, I’ve been presented with an exciting opportunity—creating a new collaborative shop space, the same type of space that has been so fundamental to my passion for woodworking. As I create and organize this space, I am using all my resources to purchase the machines already there. Because of my accident, however, I am committed to providing the safest equipment possible. One way of doing so is by purchasing a SawStop table saw, which has a safety feature that can detect contact between skin and the blade. The machine will shut itself down in 5 milliseconds—much faster than human reflexes can react.
Therefore, this proposal is seeking investment in a SawStop table saw for the enhanced safety and security it provides. This machine will help keep the hands of eight or so craftspeople safe and whole. Please visit the SawStop website for a quick introduction to the equipment. www.sawstop.com Your support of Brooklyn-based artisans and craftspeople is appreciated!
**Special thanks to husband and wife team, Victoria Wall Harris and Kenny Harris of Sheshootshescores.com for the Workshop video. Their talent knows no bounds.
REWARD #1 - Handkerchief. My favorite dust mask. Triple washed and stamped with a hand carved Workshop logo. $25
REWARD #2 - Workshop T-shirt. Specks of sawdust, glue and paint not included. Stop by the shop and break yours in. $35
REWARD #3 - Full set of ABC Blocks. Each block is hand stamped on four sides- end grain left clean. $45
REWARD #4 - Workshop Hooded Sweatshirt. $75
REWARD #5 - Kitchen work surface in collaboration with Cape Cod's own Salt Cellar Shop. saltcellarshop.com $125
REWARD #6 - Hand made walnut frame and photograph. $175
REWARD #7 - Workshop Shaker bench. $500.
* Species of woods vary tree to tree, board to board and so all end results will vary from piece to piece. No two rewards are exactly the same and this is the best part about woodworking.
Risks and challenges
My goal is to raise the money needed to buy, ship, and hardwire the table saw. Any money raised beyond the goal target will be put immediately back into enhancing the machine itself. The more money raised, the more we can add favorable options such as back-up blades, replacement brakes if needed, and overhead dust collection.
The Industrial model starts at $3900.
Required additional equipment:
Increased horsepower = $400
A longer fence/table system = $100
Overarm dust collection system = $200
Standard brake mechanism replacement = $70
Brakes for a Dado stack = $70
Zero clearance throat plates = $40
New blades = $70-$90
A Dado set = $200
For an estimated total of $6,000
**considerations have been made for shipping, electrician, and % deductions to Kickstarter and Amazon.
- (25 days)