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Contraption Makes Saw Safe For Kids

Posted 7/20/2017

JAXSON Euwer learns to use the kid-friendly saw with Tracey Srader and Bill
Tumbleson during the Dragon Kids summer program last week. Tumbleson made the child-safe saw and donated it to the program. 
JAXSON Euwer learns to use the kid-friendly saw with Tracey Srader and Bill Tumbleson during the Dragon Kids summer program last week. Tumbleson made the child-safe saw and donated it to the program. By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Young kids working with table saws sounds like a dangerous combination, but thanks to a table saw contraption made by Bill Tumbleson of Halstead, area kids are having the opportunity to learn means of craftsmanship. Tumbleson has recently made and donated several of these safe table saws for kids to use.

Tumbleson has been woodworking for the last 10 years. He found the idea to make a child-safe table saw for his granddaughter on YouTube as an introduction to woodworking.

“The table saw uses a cutter called a nibbler,” Tumbleson explained. “It is not for cutting metal but for craft materials.”

The table saw does not appear anything like a saw, but rather a wooden box with what looks like a metal nut in the middle. That “nut” is actually the nibbler that cuts the materials.

The material can be moved around the nibbler either fast or slow, depending on the comfort level of the user. The opening around the nibbler is only 1/8 inch wide, making it safe for kids to use.

“We had a demonstration at Makers Space in Wichita and a 4-year old boy came right up and started using it,” Tumbleson said. “His parents had to drag him away.”

The table saw comes with a miter gauge and a fence, just like a real saw. These enable the user to cut certain shapes and measure their work.

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