A safety reminder. I did something stupid and had a close call...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-25-2014 06:35 PM 1435 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wondering if I should mention this, and I figure somebody might read this and have this click if and when they try to do the stupid thing I did…

Simply put, I tried cutting too short of a piece of SCH20 PVC pipe on the miter saw, holding it by hand… The pipe twisted, and before I knew it my fingers were touching the side of the blade…

I came out of this with no damage (Thank you God!) but more than a little rattled…

I knew the safety warnings, and somehow brain, and hand were not engaging properly at the time…

So as a gentle reminder, on modern miter saws, they have that “No hands” zone marked on the table for a reason. Keep your digits free and clear of that area!

FWIW, I did manage to finish the cut… by hand with a pull saw, on the bench vise…

So the lesson I learned from this experience?

THINK BEFORE POWERING UP ANY POWER TOOLS! For that matter, ANY TOOL THAT CAN HARM powered or not requires thought before use…

Please, please, please do NOT repeat what I did. I got off lucky by the grace of God, that’s it… you may not…

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 06:49 PM

Glad no injury was had!!!

That is why I finally took the time to make a cross cut sled for my TS. Not for PVC specifically, but for small pieces that would be dangerous &/or difficult at the SCMS. The increase in accuracy won’t hurt either!!!

Glad you were not hurt. You don’t need to be recuperating….
You need to be in your shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 08:46 PM

Thanks. Yeah I am definately counting myself blessed… Nothing like a good scare to keep you alert!

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 10:15 PM

Somebody definitely was looking out for you! So you felt the “tap on the shoulder”, and learned a lesson we all need to be reminded of every now and then. Thanks for reminding us that safety comes first!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 01:19 AM

All round stock is dangerous to cut with ANT power saw (miter, table, or band) unless it is securely clamped in place.

Thanks for the reminder and glad all you lost was a set of underwear!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 05:54 AM

Bruised egos heal a whole lot quicker than cut up digits. Good on you for being lucky!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 02:57 PM

Dave, that ‘Gut Feeling’ you had as you attemped that cut was your Good judgement pointing out the possibilties of Poor judgement and the results are what we call Experience.
My Grandfather always told me that Good Judgement comes from Experience, and Experience comes from Poor Judgement.
Fortunately your Experience was devoid of blood.

Thanks for sharing your experience …and pay attention to those gut feelings.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 03:55 PM

Thanks guys! I just hope to save someone else from copying my stupidity, it could have been SO much worse!

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 03:58 PM

And you never wanted to know what the side of a saw blade feels like when it is motion…..whew! I was taught to never cut a round product on a saw with a round blade. Wheels turn wheels. I know, people do it all the time.

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 12:19 AM

I have never had that experience. But I do cut round things, but they are always long enough that I am no where near the blade. I tend to clamp things when necessary, and sleds really increase safety…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 12:25 AM

Consider yourself lucky!
I am sure we all have done things that, when you look back at them, were a little air brained and that is why we are called human beings and not machines!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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