Well sports fans this weekend I decides to make some jigs to help in building the entertainment center so Saturday was spent building a tenon jig that I found at “Plans Now”. All in all it came out OK, there are a few things that could have been better with the plan such as calling out a 5/16 hole for a 1/4 carriage bolt. The problem is that the carriage bolts spin in that large of a hole and I didn’t even think about it until after the holes were drilled and I went to install the bolts. The next jig was a cross-cut sled fashioned after Norm’s” New Yankee Workshop one and last was a remake of an adjustable dado jig for the router. I had made one a few weeks ago but something must have changed since it cuts slightly under size dados. I figure that I must have moved the base plate or something so I put a new one together, well almost that is. The last parts to make were 2 – 10 inch long runners that allow for the adjustment of the jig. I had cut them to size and was routing a sallow dado in them for the hardware to run when it happened!
“It” was a launching of the workpiece out of the garage, the rest is a blur and I still don’t know what happened. My left had that was past the bit was covered in blood, the ends of my 2 middle fingers are shredded, part of one fingernail is gone. The only thing I can think of is that I must have jerked my hand back into the bit after the workpiece took flight. At first I thought the work piece had done the damage but I cant figure out how it could have created the kind of wounds I have. The bit was only about 3/32 of an inch above the router table so it is still a mystery to me. I will probably see the Doc tomorrow to see if there is anything that should be done other than bandages. I feel like a real DA right now because I am usually so cautious (stuff spinning that fast scares me) and I truly am at a loss as to what went wrong. Oh, and in the process I have a bruised thumb too.
Evey-one, BE CAREFUL, please.
-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!