Stupidity? No, just a momentary lapse of of concentration. Actually, carelessness is probably the correct word. However, I’ll stick with dumb azz as my personal description.
I prided myself for having all of my fingers – and I still do. Unfortunately, I am now missing the tips (the sides to be specific).
It happened so fast, all I felt was the bouncing of my fingers on the cutter, and the spray of blood going through the air out of the corner of my eye.
I was cutting the raised panels for some doors, and I just finished making a pass. I picked up the panel with my right hand and with my left I went to brush off the chips. I had been doing this all morning, but this time I took my eyes off of the table.
Oh well – I got what I was asking for. That split second of not concentrating almost cost me a couple of fingers. The good part is that I was using a large cutter and had it dialed down to 10,000 rpm. I know if I would have been cutting a 1/2 inch at 22,000, I would have cut down to the bone before I would have even known what happened.
The other consolation is that I only got a couple of spots of blood on the panel. I’m sure my customer would not want it on there. He’ll never see it, now that I’ve cleaned it up!
ps – it is sure hard to type while having the two wraps on the fingers.
-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.