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Blog entry by Michaelgurrado posted 07-17-2014 11:14 PM 1394 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start off by saying I am generally very cautious and careful when it comes to operating my tools. I like to make sure my hands are always in a safe area and my ears and eyes are protected. Today while I was working in my shop I was needed to use my router to rout out a rabbet. For some really dumb and irresponsible reason I had a T-shirt underneath my work piece. I guess my reasoning behind it was to have kind of a grip for the work piece. Like I said this was a very dumb and irresponsible idea keeping in mind I have bench cookies and other safer ways to grip the piece of wood. So as I am routing out this rabbet the router bit snags the T-shirt and in a very violent and uncontrollable fashion it’s wrapping the ther shirt around it launches my workpiece across the shop. Luckily enough I wasn’t harmed at all and I managed to not let go of the router with one hand and kill the power with my other hand.

Like I said before I am usually very responsible when it comes to shop safety I am not trying to loose any fingers hurt myself in anyway possible, but today I decided to make a really bad call even though I had the proper way to do this procedure. It was a poor lapse of judgement and negligence on my part. Luckily enough I wasn’t harmed my router wasn’t damaged and my workpiece wasn’t ruined. This could have easily been a horrible disaster.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that even though we may think we are cautious and safe take another second to think about what you may be doing because an accident can happen at anytime and majority of the time they can be prevented. Also working when you don’t have a clear head is never safe. So please be safe I know I will definitely be even more careful and think twice about All of the decisions I make.

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 11:24 PM

Thanks for taking the time to share this.

Kudos to you, for not being to embarrassed….
to remind us all that a momentary lapse of judgment could have terrible results.
Glad you, your router and work piece are all safe & sound!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 12:30 AM

Glad to hear that you didn’t get hurt in this. And glad that your project made it through as well. Stories like this are great cautionary tales to the rest of us about how we should all pay attention to safety and that any one of us is capable of unintentionally relaxing our safety judgement.

Thanks for sharing.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 12:36 AM

Thank you guys for the concern of my well being. I really like to make safety a priority especially when I am at work. I work with a few people that do not take safety into consideration much and it makes for a very stressful work environment. It’s one thing if you want to be reckless when you are by yourself in a shop (even though you shouldnt) but when other people are around that can easily get hurt because you are reckless that isn’t okay. I think if we all just slowed down a bit when it comes to working with these tools it would be a much safer environment whether you are alone in a shop or surrounded by a group of people. I took a picture of the shirt that was sacked up into the router but I am not sure if I can post it up or how if I am even able to.

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 02:38 AM

Ow, glad to hear no injury

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 02:48 AM

As someone who HAS been injured by that momentary lapse of judgement, I can appreciate all that you said. Thank you for sharing your incident and, as others have commented, I’m happy to learn you avoided injury.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 07:04 AM

What sort of tee shirt was it?
I hope not Jonny Cash
Deep Purple or
Rodney Rude or the likes !!

Go to your cheap Store and buy a roll of anti slip mat, cheap as chips and works wonders.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 07-19-2014 02:00 AM

You were very lucky except the T-shirt.
I don’t want to say it, but that is one important reason I like using Porter Cable D-handle routers. Instant off.

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