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    Dumbest use of a woodworking tool.

    Lets see if this can get some action...

    What's the dumbest thing you ever saw anyone do with a woodworking tool?

    I'll start.

    My brother in law asked to borrow a drill and a bit so he could drill some holes in his basement wall (drywall) for anchors to hang some pictures with.

    No problem, I gave him my cordless drill, fully charged, and a few bits that should have worked for most anchors.

    He called back a week later asking to borrow the charger as the battery was dead, and by the way, he wore out all those bits. I asked how many holes he was drilling, and he answered six, but he was already half way done.

    Well, you probably guessed it, when I went over there, I discovered he had been running the drill in reverse.

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    Hey, that was going to be my reply. A friend of mine in the Seattle area did something similar with three of my drill bits. Now I need to think of something else to post to this thread.
    Cheers, Frank

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    dado blade setup

    i saw a feller put on his stacked dado for the first time to cut out the zero clearnce insert when he turned it on and started cumn up threw, the smoke start to roll alittle but it settled down and he got the slot cut. he then went to cut a dado in the wood and it smoked worse than my old boss.. he asked me to look at it and when i opened it up the chippers were in backwards the cutters were on right but they have definate curvature any body could make that mistake right!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    i saw a feller put on his stacked dado for the first time to cut out the zero clearnce insert when he turned it on and started cumn up threw, the smoke start to roll alittle but it settled down and he got the slot cut. he then went to cut a dado in the wood and it smoked worse than my old boss.. he asked me to look at it and when i opened it up the chippers were in backwards the cutters were on right but they have definate curvature any body could make that mistake right!!
    Well.... not to long ago I changed blades, took out the ripping blade and put in my crrosscut blade. I put some white oak in my sled and proceeded to cut, I couldn't figgure how the cc blade had gotten to dull, the smoke was terrible. After I finished the cut I discovered I had the blade in backwards. Fortunatly the the carbide was ok and I was able to clean up the blade.

    I had some older stanly chizels and I took one out to set some hindges onm a door jamp, lookered at the tip and it was all full of chips. Turns out my youngest sooon dad been using it to open paint cans.. Needless to say he wasn't allowed in my shop for a long time.
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    There was this moron that was cutting a ~ 5” X 5” block of 8/4 red oak on an antique unisaw. Half way through the cut he realizes that the arm of the shop made blade guard was set too low and the piece of oak wouldn’t pass through. Rather than shut the power off and wait for the blade to stop, this moron tries to back out the oak – did I mention that this moron was cutting it freehand? Anyway, the chunk of oak catches on the blade and comes flying back at warp speed hitting him square in the right shoulder and knocking him on his butt. My shoulder was sore for a month. This happened about 35 years ago when I didn’t know my butt from a hole in the ground. That was probably the stupidest thing that I have ever done in a shop…
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    Mine is short and simple, but not really shop related, but close. I put a chain on a chainsaw backwards, then asked the guys at the saw shop why the darn thing would not cut?

    Yep, I was laughed at.

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    I've done the backwards blade on both the tablesaw and bandsaw, but probably the most stupid thing I've done is trying to cut 1/8" thick strips of 3/4" hardwood on a cheap benchtop TS with no ZCI, using only pushsticks.
    After the second one in a row shot past at the speed of pain into the garage behind me somewhere, I stopped trying to do the cut. I think I must have been related to the moron in Bruce's story.

    Now that I have the proper tools, I cut those kinds of strips all the time, but I do it safely now.
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    Ok I'm not proud. I'll tell you one of the stupidest things I've ever done. Quite a few years ago my brother, father, and I were installing an ice maker in his fridge. Not a difficult job and shouldn't take long. Well we got the unit installed and just needed to pop a hole in the floor behind the fridge for the supply line. Ok, go get a 1/4" drill bit and the drill. Oh shucks, there's something wrong with the drill because it just won't work. This was a while before cordless were widely available. What the heck are we going to do? We're just about done and only need a lousy 1/4" hole drilled through the floor. Hey, I've got an idea. I'll be right back. So out the the garage I head leaving my brother and father still trying to figure out what to do. A few minutes later in I walk with a Craftsman 2hp router in my hands. "Watch this" I say. Loosen the clamp and off slides the base. Voila, one slightly unorthodox drill motor. So I proceed to "chuck up" that 1/4" inch bit and tighten it down. Ok, stand back guys. We'll be in business in just a minute. Plug the sucker in and flip the switch......

    She screams to life and within about 1.8 seconds.
    ZZZZZZZZZZIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG, CLUNCK, BANG!

    You want to talk about a cold sweat?!

    What the heck just happened? I'd completely forgotten that a drill runs at several HUNDRED rpms and a router at THOUSANDS of rpms!!
    After a couple of minutes when we quit shaking and decided we really didn't need to go in the other room and find some new undergarments we investigated. In the family room wall there was a 2" gash about 18" from the ceiling and a fairly small hole in the ceiling about a foot out from the wall with something protruding a little bit. You guessed it. It was the drill bit! After extracting the bit from the hole I inspected it and found that it had a pretty good bend in it. But it was bent only about 3/8" from the end where it was inserted into the chuck.

    All I'll say is that I got a pretty good physics lesson that day! It's something I'll NEVER forget.

    Top that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pollman View Post

    Top that.

    John
    Pollman, 2 things...

    1.) I'm not sure I'd want to admit to all that........and....



    2.)......I'm thinkin.....
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    I was hooking up my 3ph mortising machine and had a brand new set of chisels an dbit in it. Now I had not run this thing since I wired it and set it in the shop I got a 3/4" piece of oak and clamped it in and steped on the peddle.
    Nothing. wouldn't move. so I turned if off ans checked. The ways were tightened so it wouldn't bounce in shippine. S I did the ajusting and oiling to get them free ans slideing without play. Fired it back up. Stepped on the peddle the head lowered to the wood and "thump". It just stopped. I though there was a stop set. I looke dand looked. No stop I could find.
    Well it ended up 3 ph will run in fwd or revurse just by cahngeing two wires .....and yes it was running backwards
    Reg

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