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Thread: To Close for Comfort

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    To Close for Comfort

    A bit of a preface: When I use a tablesaw, I nearly always have the blade retracted before it stops spinning. It's just a habit that as soon as I turn off the saw after the last cut, I crank the blade back down. I had that instilled into me by a shop teacher who never wanted the blade left exposed unless it was in use.

    Last night, I was trimming the ends off a few pen blanks. In the process, one of the offcuts fell off the table of the saw and onto the floor. When I finished the last cut, I shut off the saw and bent down to pick up the dropped piece. As I was getting up, I placed my left hand on the table to steady myself. As I stood upright, I saw the blade was just then stopping its rotation. My thumb was about 1/8" from the blade and my index finger nearly as close on the other side of the blade. Even with the saw turned off, there was plenty of momentum to have done some serious damage. I was very lucky. That was the closest I've come to cutting myself with the tablesaw, and I've been using one since I was about 15 years old.

    I'm posting this as a heads-up to newbies and old-timers alike. Never stop paying attention to the spinning blade.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Will do
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Buse Township MN
    THAT was close

    BTW, hows the thumb????
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Don't be the poster child...

    Glad you're ok!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Glad you are ALL with us.

    I got butterflies just thinking about it.

    Enjoy that you are still in one continuous piece,

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Stratton View Post
    ...BTW, hows the thumb????
    Healing up nicely. I cut the flap of dead skin off tonight, and in another week or so it'll be hard to tell anything happened to the thumb.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
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    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    oh man glad you're okay.....
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    To Close for Comfort

    I'm with Jim on this. It gave me a shiver reading about how close you came.

    Someone was watching over you. I'd say, "Thank God they were".
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    wow, close call
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes, that was a very close call. *Only* out of curiosity, would that have triggered a SawStop? I.e., is the detection circuitry still active after you hit the off button?

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