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Nightstand for CPAP Machine #4: Cut wood and fingers - Trip to ER

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 10-19-2011 06:24 PM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Material cut sheet - Plywood for Two Part 4 of Nightstand for CPAP Machine series Part 5: Tweeking the Sketchup Model »

Good news is I still have all my fingers.

Had a bad kickback from cutting the material. Crunched my left hand with the flying board edge – no blade contact. X-Rays show nothing broken. Fingers pretty lacerated and swollen. Got a long overdue Tetanus shot.

Accident was 100% avoidable. Should have been more careful and should have set up an outfeed table. Probably should not have worked alone. Then again, my 16-year old would have done it right and not had a problem to begin with. I get on him constantly about safety and using pushblocks but got lazy myself.

Taking a few days off. Will get some help this weekend from my 16-year old. Disappointed because I wanted to accomplish something on my own. Not gonna happen this time.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.



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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 06:26 PM

Ouch!

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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GregD

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 07:36 PM

should have set up an outfeed table

That would be my recommendation. I hate trying to fight gravity while I’m trying to make a cut. It isn’t very safe, it isn’t very fun, and the results aren’t very good either. Using a helper for outfeed support can be a real disaster unless you both are paying attention and know what you should be doing.

I work alone in my shop all the time. Every once in a great while someone is in there with me and I find it distracting.

-- Greg D.

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 06:50 PM

My 16-year old and I do most of the projects together. I promised him (and his brothers) a shop some years back and finally built one and now we work together in the shop. I mostly do the Sketchup designs and he builds the stuff but when he gets stuck we stick our heads together and try to come up with solutions. On occasion, I try to build something myself. This was one of those occasions where I wanted to do something by myself and it only turned out so well.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 06:53 PM

Truth be told he does most of the work and I do the cleanup. I’m basically his go-fer. It’s been a working plan so far, but with him being 16-1/2 now I think he needs to apprentice one of the younger brothers :)

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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