Well, I have been going through my head trying to figure out what I did wrong. I checked to see if the bit might have ridden up, it didn’t. So I did some thinking, I had routed a grove down the center and decided to widen the slot so I moved the fence toward the bit. Now that I think about it I think that meant that I was routing the workpiece with the bit traveling in the same direction, hence, the launch! I think they call this a trapped cut, is that your take on it too? I guess after the launch I jerked my hand which was on the out-feed side back toward the bit. I have multiple cuts on the first half inch of my 2 middle fingers. The Doc said there wasn’t anything to stitch up so he gave me some antibiotics, dressed the fingers. I get to go back Friday to see how they are doing. Oh, BTW, no I wasn’t using a push stick or block (stupid) but think I have learned my lesson. I probably won’t do too much for a few days while my fingers and my pride heals.
Bob, in his previous comment, suggest a safety blog which is a fantastic idea. Probably allot of folks are in my position in being somewhat self taught and a Blog on safety and proper use could be a huge benefit to folks like me. Although I try to be careful and I do study quite a bit there is always something to learn. In my younger days I flew professionally and always studied accident and incident reports to learn from others, Fly Magazine even had a regular feature titled “I Learned About Flying From That!” Maybe some of you experienced guys could sponsor such a Blog with input from dummies like me. We could all benefit from it. I’d volunteer to be the first contributer (victim).
Well, while I heal I do some pictures of the entertainment center and jigs (pass on the wound photos, yes I have them).
-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!