Tool thoughts #35: Kickback! Shop's closed for the day... (minimal injuries)

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Blog entry by NedB posted 727 days ago 1854 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was trimming down a cutting board blank to width, had finished the cut and was pushing the cutting board through the end of the cut when I must have pushed sideways ‘just enough’. And I had a wooden frisbee spinning across the shop. Just barely caught my knuckle on its way by, as well as my turning muscle. (belly)

my hand isn’t swollen, I’m just heavy.

sorry to show this, but figure someone might learn from my stupidity

well my nerves are shot now… but I did go out and get my camera (forgot to put a chip in it)... then I cut the affected area on the board off with the bandsaw… just before I locked up the shop for the day.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 727 days ago

The table saw can be a harsh mistress. Glad to know it wasn’t worse.

-- Brian Timmons -

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 727 days ago

Lucky escape there! Pleased it wasn’t too serious. Is your saw fitted with a riving knife?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 727 days ago

I have the stock annoying splitter/blade guard, but no riving knife. and of course ‘it’s just one cut’... so I didn’t have the blade guard installed.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 727 days ago

Whoa Ned!

What a CUT that was in the wood…!!

Glad you were not seriously injured!

Yep… another rule I have for the table saw…

Orient your body properly for the cut and don’t give up toward the end of the cut… be sure to keep everything steady and push it ALL THE WAY through the cut & away from the blade.

Just relax and keep running it through your mind as to what you SHOULD have done… Go through mock cuttings… You will get over it… You will be back real soon…

... and, you will never forget what you did wrong! You will never make that mistake again!

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 727 days ago

I have had a similar instance many years ago and it shook me up too.

I left my shop for about a week, and have been much more careful since, and am very thankful mine was not a serious incident.

Glad you were not badly injured!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 726 days ago

This is the stuff that scares the stuffing out of me. I have nightmares of lying on the shop floor, unconscious and bleeding around a piece of wood sticking out of my forehead. Days later the mailman notices a bad smell coming from my garage and my poor pup’s dwindling whines can barely be heard.

I am glad it was not worse – a good shake-up and a small scar is not too high of a penalty.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 726 days ago

We all have our shop rules we live by 99.9% of the time. We only hope that small percentage of the time we don’t follow them the results aren’t too bad. Glad you’re OK.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 726 days ago

You are fortunate that your instinct told you to always stand slightly to one side.
I never use anything but a 7 1/4” ultra thin kerf dewalt blade in my TS.
I never crosscut anything on my TS that’s what sliding chopsaw’s are for.
I always use a Benchdog 10-025 for EVERY CUT on my TS, (MY IRONCLAD RULE).

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 724 days ago

Thanks everyone. In the greater scheme of things, this was a very lucky event. I ‘got away’ with just a minor bruise on the belly as the ‘big’ injury. The left index knuckle twinges slightly, but again, it is very minor. I know Exactly what happened and how to avoid it going forward. I posted mostly so that others could be reminded just how quickly things can go wrong in a big way with our tools.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#10 posted 723 days ago

Ned, I am glad you was not hurt any worst. Thats why our shop teacher always had us to use the blade guard on the table saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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