Shop Injury #3: Caution graphic images! That may help you be careful.

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Blog entry by Bye Bye posted 12-29-2011 04:14 PM 3877 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My injury hasn’t put me off wood working but has caused me to setup all sorts of precautions in my shop.
I have added my #1 rule “Fingers hands and toes are not pushing devices for wood through routers, saws etc.”
“Wear safety equipment such as masks eye guards etc.” “A shop cat can be a nice friend until you are using a router and step on him causing a major injury. Shop Cats and routers don’t mix.” “A clean shop is a safer shop.”

I have inserted several graphic images of my healing finger wound below you have been warned. Don’t look if you have a weak stomach and yes I know, as my dad always said “I have had worse on my eyeball.” I know many have had worse. This was posted to promote safety not display my ignorance but it does warn of cats in the workshop.

-- "Bazinga"

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 04:19 PM

Sorry to hear you had to go through a 1st hand experience for this lesson, but glad you took it to heart. it’s great that this is not keeping you from WW as well.

Thanks for the reminder – and great job on the warnings – gives people a chance to back out in time!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 06:22 PM

Ya, that’s gnarly! A picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t it?

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 06:24 PM

“I have had worse on my eyeball.”That’s a phenomenal quote!
Sorry for the injury. Can’t ever be reminded too often.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 08:36 PM

Wow, glad you’re healing well. And as for your dad he must be one tuff guy! ;-)

-- Bryan

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 08:49 PM

Thanks for the reminder. Heal quickly. Get back into the shop soon. Work safely.

Yuck (yeah. I was warned. Still … yuck !).

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 09:09 PM

No matter how safe you think you are….there is always room to do more. The best safety equipment is using the brain…concentration is the key….I have learned that whenever I am distracted….or in a hurry…I will find myself doing something risky. My addage these days is – Don’t work in the shop unless I can give it my full attention – and keep all distractions to a minimum – this includes animals or people in the shop for sure. I also force myself to work at a steady pace….even though my projects take a bit longer – they would be even later if I have to take time off to get first aid…and to heal a wound.

Thank you for the reminder also….there is no such thing as too much safety. I hope your finger heals quickly and fully…..we are lucky when our lessons are not serious….Most of us would agree that this could happen to any of us should we allow ourselves to be distracted or not mindful of safe practices.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 09:30 PM

Tim, I’m sure sorry about this. It doesn’t look that bad to me unless you let it get infected so you had better follow the doctor’s orders about cleaning and bandaging. I don’t imagine that it’s going to be your prettiest finger after it heals but on the bright side at least you still have it. Let’s face it you could have lost half of your finger. i hope that it heals up well. That could happen to any of us.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 05:20 PM

I think you will live. Your finger is looking good. I clipped my index finger about a year & a half ago. Five little stitches and $1,200.00. It is still peeling skin off and feels rough. I was real lucky. I think you were also. Whats better, you got to go fishing with some young woodworkers.

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