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    My turn * Thumb messed up

    I was not going to post but might save someone dealing with this. This morning I was cutting some stingers using a sled. Cutting out knots from 5/8" stock. Cut in front of the knot. Then made a cut behind the knot and the small piece fell off on the sled. I pulled the sled back to remove the stock.

    What happened then I am honestly not clear on. But apparently the cut off piece was launched by the blade into my thumb. It took the thumbnail off. Yes off! Needless to say taking some other parts of the thumb I wanted to keep with it. X-rays reveal a chipped bone. Trip to the Orthro Doc Friday. Not the morning I was hoping for!

    So watch those cutoff pieces. This is the only the second time I have seen the loose piece go flying.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    Sorry to hear about the accident Jeff. Glad you still have thumb. Thanks for the posting. I find these postings very valuable. Keep the safety aspect top front and center and it has certainly helped me over time. I do a lot of things very differently since all these accident posts.

    One of the most recent comments that woke me up was a guy saying if he has three things go wrong in a particular time in the shop he closes up and heads inside. I have since adopted that too.

    Thanks for the post. Hope it all gets better soon.
    cheers

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    Sorry to hear this news Jeff, but like Rob said, telling
    about it might just save someone else the pain.
    Hope things go o.k. at the doc's and you heal quickly.

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    sorry to hear of your mishap. get well soon.
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    sorry to hear about what happened jeff. rob, that's a point i follow to the letter, if its turning into a bad day, no sense in pushing it.
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    Thanks for post and for the reminder to be safe. Glad it wasn't worse. I have seen sleds with guards and have often thought about it. Maybe I'll stop thinking and add one. At least to my miter sled which is used for small items and therefor creates small cutoffs.
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    sorry to hear this Jeff. Heal quickly.

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    Hard to type so ignore typos. "I think" i know what caused this. Went to the shop to cleanup if needed and was thinking about it. Looking the sled I think I see my problem.

    The cut-off falls onto the sled. When I pulled the sled back, it brings the cutoff to the blade. I am thinking that is when the blade picked up the scrap and tossed .... heck LAUNCHED it at me. My thumb was just in the trajectory path.

    No sign of my thumbnail or the piece that hit me. I would love to show how small that part was. Small and light weight cedar but it did a lot of damage. Not going to show my thumb but even the ER nurse winced.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    heal quickly jeff!
    my most damaging injuries have all been "small-part" kickbacks, stay out of the line of fire!
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    Mine was not as bad. Nail finally growin' back. Small cutoffs are the worst!

    Hope it works out for you.

    Bruce
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