Grumbles from the shop #4: Splinters

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 04-03-2009 09:58 PM 5437 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am pretty immune to the little buggers. I figure I can dig a splinter out with a Phillips screwdriver while running 4X8’s through the table saw. These days I’m having to use those special magnifying goggles just to see them. For some reason they are making them smaller these days. I think it has something to do with global warming. The other day I got the worst of my career. It wasn’t that big. Big ones are easy. This was a skinny little oak splinter about 3/8’s long. Somehow it managed to slide along the top of my finger nail and just disappear. Ouch it was worst than a paper cut and totally invisible. I wasn’t even sure it was a splinter. I’ve had them before under my finger nail…and I know why they call that torture. This one was just evil. I just sat there staring at my red finger with my magic glasses wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Where could it be? After digging for an hour or so (ok maybe just a minute) I did mange to locate it. An hour (felt like it anyway) after that I manage to get it out with tweezers. I can’t help but be damn grateful it’s a splinter getting under my skin and not some power hungry greedy incompetent boss with an inferiority complex and anger issues. Ya I LOVE my life!

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 11:12 PM

my experience is that … elm splinters sting the absolute most. After the first elm splinter, you always remember to avoid getting another.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 11:39 PM

Hmmm, good reason to wear work gloves?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 04-04-2009 12:17 AM

ouch…i have had a few in my days…and at 39 i discovered I may need the goggles soon…I am moving small print out a little further these days…

I cant imagine how bad it will be when I am your age…crap…this is depressing.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 04-04-2009 12:18 AM

phew.. silver linings!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-04-2009 12:24 AM

Know what you mean. I’ve got those WalMart reading glasses all over the house and the shop. I’ve got the 3x power ones with the tweezers.

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 12:44 AM

Hey Dennis – I think it was Harbor Freight that had a pair of tweezers that have a magnifying glass attached – that may help – other wise – if a little bit of the splinter is showing – use “Super Glue” let it dry – then lift it off and the splinter comes out – Super Glue – like duct tape – is a fix all – works great on paper cuts, blisters, small scrapes, stings like heck, but takes the hurt away, is a temporary band aid – and all is well after. Bye the Bye is it blowing out North of Town – ??

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#7 posted 04-04-2009 01:08 AM

Dang Dennis I was hopping to get uplifted today coming from the bedroom, my wife brought me some coffee, so picture me in my pajamas and robe and slippers dragging a bag of youknowwhat between my legs out to plop down in my chair in front of the computer expecting a great day listening to all you guys just telling me about all the money you’re making working away in your dusty little shops all over the world. Squinty little eyes peeking thru bushy eyebrows and bushy beards happy as little birdys in piles of dung in winter. What do I hear, You of all people Dennis whining about splinters. Heck, I used to bust my thumb every day. No kidding. It is now permanetly blue er dark brown well kinda brackish colored. Anyway, the guys at work even made me a thumb blocker they called it, from the top of a litre bottle of pop. They just cut it off at the very end so I could stick my thumb in it and it would’nt get broke any more. Do you know what plastic does in winter when it gets real cold. It shatters just like glass. You guessed it, the very first blow, I shattered that sucker into a gazillion pieces, most of which stuck in my thumb. Splinters? Naw that wasn’t the worst thing. Well I’m gonna drag er go back and lay down. It don’t hurt as much. Sorry bout your splinters Pal, but sometimes you know you should thank your lucky stars you don’t have idiots for buddys.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-04-2009 01:55 AM

seems like jockmike just put everything into perspective for us! haha!!
thanks Mike, hope you are feeling better.

and Dennis, splinters can be an almighty b*tch sometimes!

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#9 posted 04-04-2009 02:14 AM

Gosh, Dennis, I haven’t gotten a splinter for 2 weeks. It’s almost pleasant. Now I’m watching our for horse shoe nails and horns. Here’s looking at ya!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 04-04-2009 05:32 AM

Ya Mike come to think of it i might have a few of those idiot buddies. Buddy.

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#11 posted 04-04-2009 06:07 AM

The worst splinter I can remember having was from 1/4” luan. I never did get it out, no matter how much I tried pulling it out or poking a needle in, or as a last resort, using an exacto knife to slice the skin. I probably just pushed it in more. It hurt for a few weeks and I’m assuming it was just “eaten” by my body at some point. I found out I’m no surgeon.

May explain a few things about me, come to think of it.

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

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#12 posted 04-04-2009 07:08 AM

Second the silver lining from Sister Debbie over in the amen corner! Can I get a witness!

If you don’t already have some, a pair of Uncle Bill's tweezers work great if you can get a bead on the sucker.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 04-04-2009 03:01 PM

ahhh Dennis you should just let it fester until it works its way out. Yeah I know that doesn’t work eather. And at 39 I too have all the magnifiying glasses around the house, it was real uguly when I went to the eye dr and had him perscribe me a pair of safty glasses for the shop. The tweezers with the magnifier attached are a blessing

-- wooley

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#14 posted 04-04-2009 03:12 PM

The best thing about getting a splinter is when you pull it out, Oh what a feeling.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#15 posted 04-04-2009 03:13 PM

That looks like some pretty good tweezers Doug.

This isn’t related to wood, but Years ago, over 50 years ago, I was rebuilding diesel engine cylinder heads.

I used a wire brush wheel to clean the carbon off of the valves.

I developed a bump between my knuckles that kept getting larger..

There was no pain, just a bump that looked like another knuckle.

One day, I notice a black dot on the top of the bump. It was a piece of wire starting to poke through the skin.

I pulled out a 1/2” long piece wire with a tweezers, & in a few days the bump disappeared.

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

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