Safety Reminder! #1: Always remember to use your featherboard!

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Blog entry by Snookie posted 12-09-2011 05:17 AM 1644 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just wanted to remind everyone to use your featherboards especially when you are in a hurry to finish a project! Wednesday morning I had an appointment with my doctor. I still had forty-five minutes before I had to leave, so I was finishing cutting the boards for my son’s gun rack I am making him for Christmas. I had one more board to cut and only five minutes, so I push the board through the table saw without setting up the feather board for the last cut! My BIG MISTAKE! I never made it to the appointment because I was in the Emergency Room having the tip of my left thumb sown back on!

Always remember safety first!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 05:20 AM

Why is it alway on the last board of the day…I shredded my thumb on the last cut of the day before shutting down…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 05:40 AM

I think cutting off a finger always makes it the last cut of the day…planned or not.

-- -- Mike Beauvais

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 05:51 AM


I do hope it heals properly.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 06:16 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 12-09-2011 06:31 AM

I know the feeling, except mine was with a jointer planer when I hit a knot and got a kickback and my left finger was above the spinning knives! OUCH! Hope you heal soon!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 12-09-2011 07:07 AM


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#7 posted 12-09-2011 07:21 AM


Sorry to hear about your accident.

I hope the long term damage is minor and that you recover soon.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#8 posted 12-09-2011 07:26 AM

Wow so sorry about your accident. I hope you heal quickly and completely . Now it’s time for a SAW STOP.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-09-2011 09:55 AM

Sorry to hear that and thanks for the reminder.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#10 posted 12-09-2011 10:29 AM

Well, I get the feather board, but I think a better caution is not to be in a hurry or do the last board even though you feel exhausted. A lot of the mistakes and injuries I have read here on LJ are of these three categories.

Last board before I go to…..
Been working on this project for 12 hours will do one more board…..
I’ll just run it quick through the xxxx no need for that hold down/feather board/I’ll be real careful (In other words too lazy to do it right)

Hope you heal soon, and your finger looks better than the one my jointer chewed up….yep, I did one of the above, a painful lesson early on my WW but one that has ingrained the need to avoid the above causes.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#11 posted 12-09-2011 06:18 PM

Hope your digit recovers soon.

After several scrapes to my right index finger over the years I now only do things on machines when I can give them my full attention and how I feel it is safest to do.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 12-10-2011 12:01 AM

Thanks for all your comments! From now on I will leave the workshop when I am tired, I will not be in a hurry to get things done, & I will use all the safety device I have at my disposal!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#13 posted 12-10-2011 12:19 AM

my wife always ask me if it dangerous ,and i tell her that about every thing i use in the shop can injure at the very least and the worst kill . so let’s be carefull out there.

-- gagewestern

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#14 posted 12-10-2011 12:37 AM

I am sorry to hear that. I wish you a quick and complete recovery.

When I get to the point that I no longer feel I am able to fully concentrate on the task at hand (sorry), but still have some available time that I do not want to give up, I try to find something simple that needs to be done anyway. Maybe it will be cleaning up, organizing or making some notes – at least I am still in the shop.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#15 posted 12-11-2011 07:19 PM

Guys, I need your input! I have never felt like this before! Before the accident all I wanted to do all day is be in my workshop making things out of wood! I go out to the workshop and do what I can with my limited ability, but my heart isn’t in it! I can’t even look at the table saw much less use it! Most of the time I feel like sitting in the middle of the floor & crying! Is this normal? How long will it last? I don’t like feeling the way I do!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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