Planer Jointer Bridge Guard
Preamble : I don't want to write another list of what each woodworker should know in order to work safely. Everybody may find what matters using a search engine with key words "woodworking safety". Albeit all these articles talk to the others and I would have liked to find someone writing : "for my own safety I try to..." which means many more people convey a standard point of view about safety without wondering anything. I avoid these kind of topic that lead to nothing most of time. On the other hand I get involved in every exchange that tend to explain why something would be unsafe et try to find out a better way. It's all about mental attitude and the last one requires the point of view to be argued. Nothing good nothing bad but keeping open minded
That bridge guard may be fitted on any planer-jointer whatever the spindle length. Opposite to this swing away guard
or that one
a bridge guard is always covering the full length of the cutter head when planing. You may find how to adjust the bridge reading this document
. On the other hand it doesn't hold any mechanism that might jam. Here would be the way of setting and removing the accessory without tool. The rising and lowering adjustments would use the same bolt-lever and handle. The edging adjustments would look like other bridge guards.
Description : the majority of the accessory would be build from stuck and screwed wood or plywood. The rebated guides would be bolted on the machine frame where the removing part would slide. A spacer holding the bridge would define the lower point stopping against the frame. One of the two guides would stay fixed whereas the second one would lock and release the bridge. Two sledges would be stuck under the plywood bridge. The handle would help the bridge to slide and the guard to be removed.