View Poll Results: Ever had a close call in your shop?

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Thread: Scary Sharp!!

  1. #1
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    Scary Sharp!!

    Today I cut my left thumb on a still spinning saw blade.

    Momentary lapse of reason as I was attempting to flick a small offcut away from the blade.

    My thumb slid over the offcut and the blade took a small but very painful bite out of the ball of my left thumb. Ordinarily I do this task with the push stick, but for some reason decided to do it by hand.

    Now i am going to have a painful reminder of my folly for the next week or two. It just goes to show that if you let your focus relax things can get nasty very very quickly.

    Oh and I wont repeat what the wife called me
    Err ... Me, make a mistake .. Never
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  2. #2
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    If you do this very long your going to have a close call. Doesn't mean a blood letting. But I have a couple of Adrenalin Rushes.
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    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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  3. #3
    I was finishing up a set of 6 shelf support brackets by running them though a round-over bit on the router table. I got lazy on the very last bracket and allowed the end of the bracket to slip off the running router bit. the bit cut a nice clean flap of skin off my right hand just behind my little finger.

    I grabbed a shop towel, wrapped the wound, and headed for the house where upon I announced that I had a problem. LOML took over and put the flap back and loaded up the wound with Neosporin, followed by a gauze bandage and an elastic bandage. The bandage was changed everyday and I wore it for about 2 weeks. Today you have to look very closely to see any marks from the ordeal. LOML is a licensed LVN.

    It took about 10 minutes to clean up the blood spots on the shop floor. Guess who is especially careful around the router table now.

  4. #4
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    I have had 2 accidents in the shop, one more serious than the other.

    1st. (less serious)
    I was putting my table saw together and I was scrubbing the packing grease off the cast iron top. I was scrubbing using a degreaser and a scrub brush. Some where in the midest of my scrubbing frenzy, I dragged my nuckle over the edge of one of the miter slots. This removed a a nice layer of skin from that nuckle. The odd thing was that it didn't hurt. I only realized what had happened when I looked down at the floor, for some reason, and saw blood all over the place. Apparenly as I had been scrubbing the blood droplets were flying off left and right. I must have been in a zone, as to not have noticed them. I had my wife bandage me back up. when I came back into the basement, it looked like someone was just murdered there. From then on, I refer to this as "the OJ Crime Scene"


    2nd.
    I was loosening the collet on my router while it was in the router table. I had a carbide tipped pattern bit in the collet at the time (bearing near the table). Apparently I had tightened it more that what I remember. When the collet finally loosened up, it caused my arm to move fast. Not only did my arm move with the wrench fast, but it dragged across the tip of one of the carbide edges of the bit. I ended up with a decent cut about 4 1/2 in long on the inside of my right forearm. It was one of those where it didn't bleed right away. This gave me a chance to look at it. About 2 inches looked bad enough to warrant stiches. The ER was not where I wanted to spend my day. Going back to my Boy Scout days, I immediatly grabbed it as tight as I could with my left hand. At that point, I realized that I probably wasn't going to be able to handle this by myself. As I was all alone at home, I called my Mom for some help. Don't laugh.... She's been a nurse for over 30 years. She also was about 10 minutes away. I continued to keep a death grip on my arm with my left hand. When she arrived, cleaned it up and looked at it, apparently the direct pressure did the trick. She said that if I hadn't done that, I would have definatly needed stiches. She steri-striped it back together, bandaged it, and I went back to work. I guess the good thing was that it never really hurt that much. Actually for a while my left hand hurt more from the 20+ minute direct pressure death grip.

    This picture is about a week after it happened.
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  5. #5
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    i also have several stories about accidents in the shop. i have a skin graft on the top of my middle finger, right hand from the table saw. i was doing a repetitve rip on a number of pieces and in one motion i let the top of that finger get into the UNCOVERED blade.

    here's the message. i absolutely will not do anything that i think could be dangerous in the shop. that means i now take the extra time to use the safety devices i have available, no matter how trivial the task. saving a few minutes in the shop and spending hours in the emergency room is not a good tradeoff.
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark O'Neill View Post
    .....................here's the message. i absolutely will not do anything that i think could be dangerous in the shop. that means i now take the extra time to use the safety devices i have available, no matter how trivial the task. saving a few minutes in the shop and spending hours in the emergency room is not a good tradeoff.
    That is so true!

    I have a highly developed sense of "This could cost me a finger" and I REALLY listen to it, ALL the time
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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  7. #7
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    Doctor and X-rays say there's nothing in there but I still have a small bump/knot beneath the skin on my RH ring finger. I was resawing some thin stock on the TS when you guessed it - some went down the factory insert and came shooting back in a shower of splinters. Lots of little punctures and some of it hit so hard I actually thought I'd broken bones in a couple of fingers. I've never not used a zero-clearance insert since then.
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  8. #8
    My Grandfather lost his hand doing the same thing to a Planer (flicking away shaving building up on the chip breaker) bad decision.... My dad at age 16 was bringing him lunch and saw him do it. When I went into WWing for a career he told me the story.... `(MY Grandfather, dad's side, was dead before I was born) I remember that story of how he saw it happen , to this day... As a teacher of WWing for over 30 years I have seen a lot of careless acts but none of my students ever lost a didgit or limb. Cut or scrapes but no serious injury. I warned then of every act that could cause injury. I feel no sorrow for your woe or hurt for it is of you own doings that caused the harm. Am I a hard and nasty old guy for my comments, yes, but it is for your own good to learn that sharp spinning things will eat you. Animals as well as Machines with sharp teeth are designed to eat meat, Saw, Planes, have sharp teeth . therefore they eat meat, Man is made of Meat.... See the relationship?

  9. #9
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    Sure, the occassional piece coming out of the TS, usually a funny shaped drop from cutting a compound angled tenon cheek for a chair (that's the one that sticks in my mind). I once had a big fat leg come out of a really crappy lathe at work - fortunately it hit the wall rather than me. Got two fingers caugt in a biscuit joiner at work too, just plain dumb, but fortunately the blade was winding down so I still have the fingers (with nails intact). That was the first time I really thought I should maybe do something else for a living

  10. #10
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    Other than a few stitches here & there, I have never seriously hurt myself. I have done some things where I could have hurt myself badly.
    That includes many years making my living as a machinist.
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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