Since Rustic had to let my secret out of the bag, I figured I should post the picks and tell the story.
On Thursday night I was working on some cutting boards and business card holders for a local craft show on Saturday morning. While making a groove cut on one of the business card holders on the router I ran into a bunch of issues. After some investigation this morning I think I can finally say what fully happened.
1) The router bit ran into a hard knot in the black walnut piece.
2) The router bit twisted the part.
3) The router table has a plastic insert (craftsman table saw with router wing). This insert flexed and allowed the twisting wood to catch the edge of the cast iron wing.
4) The black walnut piece DISINTEGRATED!
5) I was using a shorter push stick then normal to improve my control over the small piece I was working with. When the wood disappeared, the stick and my hand move toward the bit.
6) My middle finger got pulled into the bit. I pulled and twisted my hand free, but still had this damage done.
The Side of the Middle Finger. As you can see, there is a large piece of missing material. It is also hard to see, but the skin just below this is also peeled away. The doctor thinks this will stay attached as long as I keep pressure on in with bandages.
My nail was also damaged in two locations. All the way down to the meat under the nail.
Most of the damage is done to the side on my middle finger, but somehow I got damage 360 degrees around the finger. To much damage for stitches, so I will also be 3-4 weeks before I am up to 100%.
1) Make or buy a router table with metal inserts!
2) Cut the grooves while the piece is larger and then cut the part down to size on the table saw.
3) Don’t use a smaller push stick. Keep those fingers as far away as possible.
Even with this happening on Thursday night, I still finished 35 cutting boards, 15 business card holders, and some other odds and ends for my craft show today.