I just discovered this great Web site the other day through the Wood Whisperer’s site which is another great site!! When creating my profile or was it when I responded to a couple of blog entries I must have mention my table saw meets thumb story.
In the last 24 hrs I have gotten 2 requests to explain the incident in hopes it will prevent others from doing the same. First, let me say, it was a “cheap” lesson seeing that I only lost the tip or 1/2 inch but just enough to cut through the bone making it a painful and memorable moment.
I try to be so careful with my tools and I’m not a total amateur either but here are the mistakes made in order of stupidness …
1. I did not have the guard on while making a 8 ft rip cut on a 6 inch wide piece of plywood.
2. I left a scrap rip cut leaning against my out feed roller
3. Had my left hand on the table to separate the cut as it finished (I never do this)
4. Working too many hrs to get the job done
What happened?? As I fed the last piece of the night into the table saw, it started pushing the other piece of scrap off the out feed roller and into my drive way (the plan). However, what “I think” happened was that scrap stood up and just as I finished the cut it fell over and as I caught it moving out of the corner of my eye I must have flinched touching my thumb into a very sharp blade.
Hope this helps others … how many of you do not use your guard when making rip cuts because its a pain to put on and remove?? This accident kept me from wood working and golf for 4 months (golf longer).