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    Ouch!!

    Well I had knee surgery last week and have been recovering quite nicely but have been staying clear of the lathe till I heal up more. Yesterday I was down at a local tool store as our turning guild has a demo weekend. I of course show up with a cane to all kinds of questions to answer as to what happened and I got the chance to look at some of the other turners from the guild's turning tools and or course the bug caught me again and when I got home I started sharpening some of my tools and making a couple of new ones and I of corse had to try them out and well that 20 yr old that keeps hiding inside me got out and I threw a chunk of wood on the lathe to try out some of the tools. Of course I forgot to put on the face sheild and wasn't really paying attention and that is when I got it. The tool caught and the block came spinning off the chuck at a high rate of speed right into my forehead. Just like a car tire hitting the gound spinning I have a skid mark on my forehead and a cut on the bridge of my nose but nothing too serious, this time (thankfully I was wearing my glass's as i am sure they saved my eye). I called for that lady that still loves me dispite the stupid things that I occasionally do and she brought the ice pack and a towel led me to the chair and rightly chastized me for being so stupid and being on my feet when I should be resting my knee. I of course humbly agreed. So as always just a reminder to everyone out there not to forget to put on that safety gear no matter how small a task that you are doing. I am going to be putting a large sign up on my lathe to that effect.
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

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    Yikes. Glad that one wasn't worse. I guess we all need a gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminder about safety now and then.
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    Purple knee and purple forehead this is beyond the call of duty!
    Be safe -- glad you are still able to post.
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    Thank goodness it was not worse Drew. i think your idea of a poster near the lathe is a good one. The thing i am thinking of is make it a picture. Have loyl take a picture of the damage and use that as a reminder to the mask. Words get ignored after a while, but pictures say a thousand words.

    Glad you ok. Knee surgery sucks you have my sympathy.
    cheers

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    Just get that wonderful lady to kick you HARD in the rear next time, less painful than a bonk on the head
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    now we know why those canucks act as they do,, they are really dense sometimes glad it was just a flesh wound drew..
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    Drew the knee will heal up soon enough and the head can not be fixed as easy. So be careful.
    You got me thinking about a guard from mine.
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    Thanks for all the well wish's. We learn from others mistakes so I am doing my part for all of the family. The funny part of this entire thing was that I donated blood yesterday in the afternoon (do it every 6 weeks) so there wasn't much left to bleed out Yea I had a Doc appointment today and saw physio ( with the wife present)too. Doc had a good laugh over my mishap as it was totally my fault for doing something so stupid and was glad that it was only a flesh wound. Physio has told me (in front of the wife) that I am to not be doing anything strenuous or to be standing long. In short I should be spending lots of time on the couch with my knee up and being iced regular. So I am banned from the shop for the next few weeks.
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

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    I'm glad it was no worse than it was, Drew.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    ...I am going to be putting a large sign up on my lathe to that effect.
    As long as your memory is halfway decent, you probably won't need the sign.

    I had one of those "it's just a little cut, I don't need a face shield" head-bonkings a few years ago. To this day, every time I'm tempted to take "just a little cut" I remember the bonking and put on the protection.
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    what a wake up call. glad it wasn't worse.
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