down and out momentary #1: o' b careful little hans

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Blog entry by cobra5 posted 09-10-2008 03:44 PM 1300 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two weeks ago August 17th 2008, after three years new into wood working I graduated to my first injury! No matter how careful you are,using all safety tools, jigs, features that you can master up, an injury can occur. I know now from experience, so does my skil xshop table saw with the new ryobi 60 tooth blade, and my right hand middle finger——whats left of it! Now I’m unable to design, create, show off any wood working, nor finish a repeated customers almost done 6 piece oak vanity cabinet, a new customers oak hall tree, a repeated customers picture frame. I have a growing list of future jobs to build, unable at this time to enjoy my hobby. Every day when I’m drinking coffee I take a little tour into my shop and watch the cobb webs increase. then later that afternoon I get ready for my regular job. wishing and dreaming of going full time into what I’ve grown to love and enjoy! WOODWORKING
My finger is healing, will get to keep it, go twice a week for hand therapy, hard to use only one hand, on the road to recovery——lesson learned.

cobra5 is alive! will be up and runny soon O BE CAREFULL LITTLE HANDS,tools can bite back

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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#1 posted 09-10-2008 04:02 PM

oh dear.
1) glad you still have two hands and are still breathing!
2) hope your recovery if fast and smooth

and.. what exactly happened?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-10-2008 04:20 PM

Hate to hear a story the keeps someone out of the shop especially an injury. Prayers and thoughts…

-- Jim

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#3 posted 09-10-2008 05:31 PM

Well, I’m very sorry to hear about that. I’m glad you get to keep it, you’re very fortunate.

I had a circumstance about 4-5 years ago with a table saw. I was ripping a 16 inch long 2×4 in a hurry, with the blade at 45 degrees. I pushed it into the blade without a pushstick, and then reached around to the back of the saw and grabbed it with my right hand. Well… I pinched the blade, and all I heard was “TING!!!”
I thought, “it bit me… ” I looked down and there was blood everywhere…

I didn’t even have time to realize that the blade sucked the board and my hand into it. It cut the flesh off the tip of my right middle finger, from right on top of the bone to right under the fingernail. I was really lucky, because it ALL grew back. It didn’t get into the bone or the nail. Looking at it today you wouldn’t know.

BUT… that injury taught me a huge lesson. The whole “slow down and do it correctly” was the obvious one. But I found out that after the injury, it’s even more dangerous to handle the machine timidly because you’re so gunshy of it. For almost a year, I just about couldn’t put my hands near that saw, and I found that I put myself in MORE compromising positions with it than I did when I was cocky with it.

Now, I just slow down and enjoy it. Think it through. I’ve finally, once again, hit a happy medium.

All we can do is learn from it…
... Wishing you a speedy recovery on this end.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 09-10-2008 07:19 PM

Having just had a MAJOR minor setback on Monday morning (you can read about it in my blog), I sympathize with you about your injury. I’m sitting here with a cast on my right hand, because I was cocky and over confident that the table saw COULD NOT get the best of me. We may be smarter than our tools, but we can’t let ourselves think that we don’t have to respect the tools we use. RESPECT is the number one tool everyone should have in their shop(s).

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2008 09:59 PM

I wish you God’s speed with your recovery. I kind of know what you are feeling, but believe it or not I have found new ways to get around some obstacles with working in the shop. It will just take a little time.

Be Well

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 09-10-2008 11:40 PM

Good luck,I recently decided to renistall my tablesaw blade guard and paws after seeing what kickback can do thanks to another lumberjock posting of a youtube video.


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 09-11-2008 03:04 PM

I wish you rapid recovery. I know what it feels like to just look at your tools.

I broke a metacarpal bone in my right thumb, just three weeks after I retired in 1990.

So I had a cast on my hand for 6 weeks, & I couldn’t do much for another 6 weeks,

after the cast was removed, because it still had pins in it.

I said to myself, is this what retirement is going to be like?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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