All it takes is one moment of stupid... (Or: Router Safety - don't do this.)

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 05-15-2009 10:34 PM 1859 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, now the cutting board I’ve been working on definitely won’t be done in time for my niece’s wedding.

I was working on the router table, and after starting the router noticed I had left a tool on the table right next to the bit. (Stupid mistake #1.) So I reached in to remove the tool from the table… (Stupid mistake #2, and I bet you can see where this is going…) and hit the spinning bit with my right index finger and took a nice chunk out of the tip.

Now I’ve got this huge splint/bandage on the finger (typing this has been amusing to say the least), and will have it for at least two to three weeks. This halts a number of projects, and I may still be bandaged when I’m supposed to be helping with a culinary demonstration… :( :(

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 10:45 PM

ouch we are at risk from cutting blades whirling bits and trips and falls plus flying objects . This is a dagerous activity. The best safety tool we have is between are ears and some times it’s not in full gear or not present will we are using these dangerous tools and equipment. So we all have to be on guard every second as Derek
says it just takes a moment.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 10:47 PM

Ouch!! I’ve had more than one moment of stupid, but I’ve been lucky so far.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 11:30 PM

If the best Safety tool we have is between our ears i’m in a lot of trouble. Remember keep yer hands and feet inside he ride at all times!

-- flash=250,100][/flash]

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 12:32 AM

Normally I use a piece of scrap to mave anything near a moving blade, on any tool. I had my share of close calls, Now I approach every machine with respect not fear. If you’re scared at any moment start over.

Remember, A machine has no feelings, treat it like your worst enemy, It will always strike when you least expect it to.

Old man logic from the shop

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 12:54 AM

Thanks for posting this. Yesterday I worked about 2” form the bit for a moment as I only had to clean out a little left over wood from a mortise. The bit quickly grabbed the piece and pulled it and my fingers towards the 3/4” straight bit. I almost lost a chunk (or two) of flesh myself. Since then your post and that incident are foremost in my mind when I hit the power button on my router.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Derek Lyons

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 12:55 AM

Jim, thinking back that’s what happened. That was going to be the last pass with that bit, and I was thinking about the setup for the next bit. Bad move.

getneds, normally If I leave something near a moving blade I power down the tool so I don’t knock whatever it is into the blade and potentially have it thrown at me. This one time, I didn’t.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 12:57 AM

Sorry for your injury.

Safety is the moto of the day, every day.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 01:06 AM

hope you will be alright thanks for posting


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#9 posted 05-16-2009 01:39 AM

Tearen just had a router accident. He was routing a small piece and the router bit caught the piece just right and exploded. He was using a push block, but it still caught a finger and took a good chunk out of it. I ribbed him a little about just having safety week. Gottaa pay attention to our work or it will bite us

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 03:07 AM

Always come in from the shop with as many fingers as you had when you started. I have nightmares about scenarios just like that. Yikes.

-- When the tide goes out you see who's been skinny dipping.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 05-16-2009 03:15 AM

I really hate to hear stories like this. It is one of the hazards that we face when we decide to pursue woodworking but I am glad that your injury is not any worse than it is. I hope you get back into the shop soon.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 05-16-2009 05:45 AM

Quae Nocent, Docent….
Those things that hurt, also teach.
Sucks, getting taught like that

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#13 posted 05-17-2009 12:59 AM

Thanks for telling my little secret Rustic! I will post pictures later… Let’s just say that I had to listen to my wife make fun of me at the urgent care office! Most of the damage is done to the side on my middle finger, but somehow I got damage 360 degrees around the finger. To much damage for stitches, so I will also be 3-4 weeks before I am up to 100%.

Even with this happening on Thursday night, I still finished 35 cutting boards, 15 business card holders, and some other odds and ends for my craft show today.

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#14 posted 05-17-2009 01:20 AM

Been there, done that. Just takes one split second….......... hanks for the safety reminder.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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