I was trimming some pieces of a “Spagnuolo” cutting board… well, its more like a trivet (8” square). I was using my father’s saw, he has nicer blade than me and I needed a glue line cut on these. I had just finished pushing the piece (8” long x 1”x 1”) through when BAM! I was hit hard, right between the eyes.
I was using a push stick. I was standing off to the side. I was wearing eye protection. And the piece was too small for the guard to be on. What happened was that the glue for the last chunk on the piece, a 1” cube, failed and the cube’s corner caught the back edge of the blade and launched.
The thing is that if I was at home in my shop I always use a full face guard. I find them more comfortable and it helps keep dust out of my eyes. But outside of that, I’m going to chalk this up to one of those freak accidents. And consider myself lucky, It could have done far more damage.
The pic doesn’t show the swelling well, lets just say I’m a freaking unicorn…