Table saw injury :(

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Blog entry by Rob posted 02-09-2009 06:48 AM 25364 reads 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been hesitant to post this because it is something rather embarrassing and unfortunate that I’d really like to just forget. Unfortunately I’m reminded every day when I look in the mirror! However I post this as a reminder to us all just how dangerous our tools can be. This is the result of table saw kickback…
I remember what happened. I was getting ready to do a carpentry job away from the house one day. I needed to make a simple gauge block to help me. I went to the shop to quickly make a couple cuts. And as I pushed the small piece through the blade it got caught on my blade insert that had warped slightly (cheap Borg ply!) and whammo it suddenly flew up into my face just like that. A trip to the hospital and four stitches later and then this photo. If this helps someone respect their tools more or prevents an injury then it’s worth sharing my stupidity I suppose.

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 07:11 AM

sorry to hear about this. I’m glad to see it wasn’t any worse than this.
take care of yourself.

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 07:21 AM

Hope you’re OK. Thanks for posting this, it’s a good reminder to the rest of us. Be thankful it didn’t get that eye!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 07:29 AM

I’m sorry, but the contest for a knot in your work is over,your entry is too late. It is a nice one though…..
good thing it wasn’t down a little lower. I like face shield myself…......good reminder though…..........yoda

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 07:45 AM

Sorry you got hurt. I do think it’s helpful to post these types of incidents though. I gives us all one more wake up call and maybe will make a little more attentive when we go in our shop. So thanks for sharing. I hope they did a good stitch job and you won’t have much of a scar. If you do, you might want to grow out some hippie hair to cover it up!—sorry couldn’t pass that one up. :-)

Seriously though – glad you are OK.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 08:36 AM

Get well…and thanks for the reminder…many of us are dealing with sharp and powerful tools…there is nothing funny about injury…nothing entertaining can be said of it…safety must be our primary concern…conscious, awake, aware safety. There are times for all of us when we do something we’ve done over and over that there is a kind of somnambulism that takes over…we can’t let it. Be awake and aware at all times and think about what is being done…and all the possibilities. And thank you Rob for this sobering reminder…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 11:07 AM

The most important thing is that you’re still here. Now you and all the rest can learn from the mistake and hopefully avoid it. Haste is the enemy of quality and safety.

What was your insert made of?


-- If I can't fix it, it wern't broke in the first place!

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#7 posted 02-09-2009 12:11 PM

I agree with Barry, thanks for posting.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#8 posted 02-09-2009 12:16 PM

thanks for the post…a very good reminder for when we get a little to easy going with our tools…..

thanks again….
Nine Fingers Tood

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 02-09-2009 02:37 PM

Wow…good thing it missed your eye. It seems almost every time I hear a story about a table saw accident the word “quickly” or “fast” is always involved. Thanks for posting this. It always helps everyone slow down and think about safety when we see the reality of what could happen


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#10 posted 02-09-2009 02:55 PM

Glad you made it through. It makes us all think about it more and that’s important. We really try not to take the tools for granted especially tools with circular saw blades. Because of your post I will continue to stop and think “OK Dan, pay attention” every time I flip that switch. So you did some good here.

BTW, this really isn’t a laps in your attention. It’s actually sort of a piece of faulty equipment that caused it which is a doubled edge sword. Yes you were paying attention, but even though you did, something still went wrong. It could happen then to even the most careful person. I’ve often pondered getting one of those polycarbonate full face shields. Maybe this is the impetus for me to jump on that one.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 03:13 PM

Rob, this is a bummer. I am just so glad that you were not hurt any worse! I agree with the common thread that we tend to get complacent with our tools. Reminders, such as this post, help increase our awareness of the need to be cautious when using them.

Hope you get back to making some sawdust soon.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 02-09-2009 03:39 PM

You’re lucky thats all that happen. Be careful and think about what can happen before you turn on any power tool. Take the advice from someone that doesn’t always live by on what he preaches

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#13 posted 02-09-2009 04:11 PM

Dang I bet that smarts! When we say use your noggin, we didn’t mean like that! I had something like this happen to me last year. I went out and bought the Grr-Ripper as a result.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 02-09-2009 04:18 PM

Respecting your tools has been my motto and tagline since my September accident that tried to claim my thumb. I only recently regained a decent grip, because I was careless.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#15 posted 02-09-2009 04:25 PM

There was just an ad during the Superbowl where a bystander was hit by kickback from a saw. I had a kickback once and was hit in the gut by the wood. I had an apron on which helped. The wood bounced of my gut and broke a window. I noticed later it had also broke a tooth off my blade..don’t know where it ended up..scary!

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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