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#1 posted 08-12-2007 08:34 PM

Thanks for sharing this story and description. I’m sure every member of this site has done something that seemed like it would be fine…and then ended up, not so much. Glad you still have all 10!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 08-12-2007 09:49 PM

Close call indeed, and excellent safety points.

I think you (and my old flight instructor) are right—aviation’s “get-home-itis” and woodworking’s “get-through-itis” are VERY closely related! Both usually result from impatience, overconfidence, and a chain of events that could have been stopped at any point (but the end, of course).

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 08-12-2007 10:12 PM

I guess I got lucky. I used to use the same technique to rip 16 foot 4×6 ’s for horse drawn mower tongues. Luckily this never happened to me, but it sure could have.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-12-2007 11:49 PM

Glad we both ‘escaped’ real injury in our accidents! Kickback is not only a frightening occurance when it happens, but it happens, littertally, in a FLASH!

Circular saws scare me more than table saws, and that is saying a lot!
Keep them fingers!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 08-13-2007 04:28 AM

That looks pretty bad from my perspective. Leather gloves are good, but I don’t think they offer a whole lot of protection against a circular saw blade. The Good Lord was with you that day, same as with Hawg and me when I’ve had my near misses. I’m glad that you still have two of them.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 08-13-2007 04:40 AM

As Hawg said: ”Kickback is not only a frightening occurance when it happens, but it happens, littertally, in a FLASH!”

Tell me about it! The very moment I felt the saw stall it was already flying off of the lumber and past my arm. I can’t even recall the path it took. There’s a lot of truth in you being more afraid of portable saws. At least with a table saw you can always know where is the blade. On the other hand, with the handheld you have a 10.000 rpm thing full of sharp teeth spinning freely and exercing a gyrostatic momentum in one hand… and this is not safe in my books.

You are right Oscorner, gloves are a mere retardant and not a real shield but I was fortunate that the teeth of the saw catched up the leather and this slowed them down quite a bit and did keep them relatively apart of my flesh.

BTW, I was left with a perfectly normal-looking and fully-fuctional hand with only an almost invisible scar. So, at the end, and as many of us, that day I won the lottery.

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#7 posted 08-13-2007 07:15 AM

Its not a question of if it will happen. It happens to everyone. All we can do is try to be a safe as possible. I try to think through every cut and of course still get the occasional surprise. One thing I always do…..stand to the side. Whether table saw, circular saw, chainsaw (shedded the leg of a good pair of jeans to learn that one), keep to the side of any potential kick.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 08-13-2007 11:24 AM

ouch.. very lucky.. very lucky.
thanks for sharing another warning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 08-19-2007 05:06 PM

Glad to hear it was not a worse accident Jojo. Let’s hope it was your one and only major accident.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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