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Outfitting the workshop #11: What NOT to do with the lathe!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 05-17-2014 11:15 PM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This us the second stupid thing I did in the shop today and since the trend seems to be toward increasingly dangerous results I thought I would maybe leave the shop and find something safer to do ;-) for the rest of the day. It was one of those moments where that wee voice in your head says ”...you’re gonna regret this,don’t do it…” just microseconds before IT actually happens.

If I had listened to the little voice I would have stopped the lathe, repositioned the rest and properly continued. ....but I didn’t and managed to move the chisel into the work piece in a weird way because i was off balance on the rest and somehow got my index finger between the rest and the haft of the chisel which then proceeded to whack my finger on the rest.

It hurts just enough to drive home the dangers of complacency when working.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2



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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 02:09 AM

We all hear that small voice, occasionally in time to stop before getting hurt. I was working with a large X-Acto blade trimming some plastic, putting some effort into it, and was thinking “I ought to be pushing this knife away from me” when it slipped and plunged into my left wrist. Four stitches and 8 years later, I still have diminished sensation in my ring and pinky fingers on my left hand. Quite the blood spray, too.

Yours looks like it’s going to hurt awhile. Think you’ll lose the nail?

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 03:06 AM

I punched an Exacto blade into my thigh many years ago building models as a kid, the upside is they leave a very clean cut. I don’t think I’ll lose the nail but I will be a whole lot more attentive to those little voices :-).

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 07:55 AM

It’s easy to get a little lazy at times and disregard good safety practice Mark. I think that is probably one of the main reasons for accidents. Luckily these small injuries remind us that safety really should come first.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 05-19-2014 05:52 PM

I guess a small reminder that’s fixed with a wee bandage is better than a major costly mistake! I found out after that there was also a knot in the area which caught the tool, that explains why things went wrong so dramatically.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 08-18-2014 08:14 PM

Mark, That reminds me of Gene Wilder in “Young Frankenstein”!

-- Ed

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 04:10 AM

:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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