Ruth Amos (of the wonderful YouTube show, Kids Invent Stuff) was sent a small table saw. Being frankly terrified of the damage a table saw can do (aren’t we all?), what she really wanted was a SawStop (don’t we all?). This saw has a safety brake built into it that will seize the blade the moment it comes into contact with skill (or skin-like material). But they cost over US$3000.
So, Ruth decided to experiment with different designs for recreating a SawStop-like safety feature. After several failed attempts, she manages to come up with something that actually works, at least close to a SawStop brake.
But not content with “close” when her fingers are on the line, she packed up her new saw and created a piggy bank to start saving money for an actual SawStop.
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