Tip of the day! Use a push stick!

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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 01-17-2013 02:59 PM 7223 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I awoke out of my daze of admiring a quilted maple block with a shocking sensation and blood everywhere. The dull blade on my bandsaw did not help and using my hands to push the beautiful block through didn’t help either.

Simple word of advise which many of you can attest too.

Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick! Lets say it all together now!

Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!
Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!
Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!
Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!
Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!
Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!

That’s enough. Now I just need to do it.
My blade was a 1.2 hook. very fortunate.
It looks bad but by the grace of God I missed my tendons and vanes and bone!
just 25 stitches. Yahoo!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 03:03 PM

Ouch! Glad you’re ok, Greg. That looks very unpleasant.

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 03:11 PM

That is not good.I had it happen to me, but it was not as bad, now it is push sticks. most of the time I use two.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 03:12 PM

That was close one. I’m happy you still have all your digits and they’re working.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 03:20 PM

Glad you are okay, been there done that got the scares. What tool were yoy using. As I write this I am doing it one handed, no accident, torn bicep tendon, one week down 5 more before I can get back out to the shop:(

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 03:20 PM

Oh boy hope this heals for you soon. you are lucky no tenons are cut. Push sticks are a must in the shop and what I have found in the past where accidents happen is if You think You are doing something incorrect,chances are is that you are right and should take a different approach to it. For example one day i decided to mark the center on a turning with my sharp pocket knife a new one at that (instead of taking 5 minutes to come home and get my awl,) Well the knife blade sprung closed and in doing so I had to take myself to the hospital and get 7 stitches in the side of my thumb. That took me more than the 5 minutes I should have taken to come home for the correct tool. I haven’t been able to write the same since but it was enough to make me take a different approach to things. Frank

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 03:23 PM

Been there. Dun that. Mine only took 3 stiches but now I have about 50% less feeling in the thumb. Didn’t realize I would miss that feeling but so much of my being able to turn a page in a book depends on that feeling. Full mobility, just no touch. I did mine using a push stick, small piece, reached over the blade to steady the piece and lost depth perception with the tri-focals and WOW, that burning feeling in the thumb. Good thing I had gloves on. I am much more careful now. Everytime I have my fingers are around that blade a certain orifice on my body puckers…...;-) Mend quickly my friend. Just remember, TABLE SAW 1, Greg Nada, and thank God that you still have 10 digets, attached.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 03:26 PM

Band saw. I just added that to my story. I was using a 1.2 hook tooth blade.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 03:27 PM

Ouch! Lessons learned can sometimes be painful.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 01-17-2013 03:33 PM

OK, BAND SAW 1 (almost 2) and still, Greg, NADA. No matter whether it’s a table saw or a band saw, they’re both UNFORGIVING… are so lucky

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 03:33 PM

Ouch… close one buddy, you’ve really been lucky there. This is why I’ve started building a bandsaw mill: not to put my hands near a big moving blade when cutting thick hard wood.
I don’t trust pushsticks either, I once had one slip out of position… had it happened a few seconds later I would have probably been caught by the blade. No big deal as it was a small bandsaw, but it proved to me that sh!t definitely happens.

Recover well Greg!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 03:38 PM

Ouch! Coincidentally Greg, I have a scar in the EXACT same place and finger, but on my right hand and also from bandsaw nonsense. I also was lucky enough to escape permanent injuries and I’m glad to hear that you did too. We are among the lucky since no skill was exercised. I hope it heals quickly. Who says the bandsaw is the safest tool in shop?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 04:10 PM

Greg, Sorry to hear about the accident. Glad your Ok and nothing major was damaged. We all need to take that advice and try to be a little safer. While I’m sure we all try to be safe as possible it is easy to let your gaurd down once in a while.

Heal quickly…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 04:14 PM

As said by others, I’m glad you are reasonably OK!!!

It is a hard, painful and expensive lesson you learned. One that we all learned from, because you were willing to share your experience. As humbling, even embarassing as it could be, THANK YOU for sharing this. We can NEVER have enough reminders to “play” safe!!!

Heal quickly, so that we may see pictures of your projects and not your plasma (blood)!!!

-- 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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#14 posted 01-17-2013 04:30 PM

Hi, I’m new to this forum and this is my first post. Greg, my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. I hope that you aren’t in a lot of pain. It really looks nasty.

I just got my first bandsaw in December. I’m thankful you shared your experience with us newbies because it seems like such a “safe” piece of equipment, in that it doesn’t seem to be as unforgiving as the table saw. I know you can be injured with any piece of equipment, but your experience has given me a greater respect for the band saw, as well as the other tools and equipment.

Stay safe from here on out!

-- -Sharryn

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 04:35 PM

Wow!!! sorry about that. However, it could have been worse as you said. I hope your fingers heal up properly and you get back to the shop soon.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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