I went out to my shop early Monday morning. How wonderful to have a day off work to get work done on several projects I have going. I was working on an antique dining chair we have. As I was trimming a piece on a rung, my Japanese hand saw slipped—right down into my hand. If you don’t know how sharp these saws are, this is not the way to check. I didn’t think at first that I hit my hand that hard, but boy was I wrong.
Lovely reds stains everywhere.
I spent the rest of the morning in the ER. Not only did I lay my hand open, I severed a tendon to my index finger. The hand specialist got it repaired OK, I think. To bad I don’t have a video of that! I never thought about what happens to a tendon when it is cut in half. I’m in a splint for a couple of weeks, and then probably therapy. Obviously no woodworking for me for a while. (No yard work either—oh shucks!) Life one-handed is not all that much fun, but you learn quickly how to get by.
As far as the lawsuit, since it was a Bridge City saw, shouldn’t I sue them. After all shouldn’t they make their saws idiot proof. Maybe our government needs to step in and protect me—-from me. Ironically, as I laid there in the ER, a customer of mine showed up in the room next to mine. He cut his finger on a router. Funny, he claimed responsibility too, but again, can’t we blame the router manufacturer for this.
I really post this as a warning—don’t get complacent with your hand tools. This is probably my worst accident in all my years in woodworking, and I have used power tools all my life.