Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #39: A Lesson In Arrogance.

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Blog entry by William posted 01-21-2012 04:49 AM 5438 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 01-21-2012 04:55 AM

Great reminder, thanks for sharing your little wake up call.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 05:31 AM

Are you bleeding. I know you can’t feel everything.
2nd that’s something I would pull.
3rd I bet your awake now.
William it happens to us all. I am glad you are not seriously hurt.
4th Want to use my saw?
All is well and lesson learned.
I wont tell Lucas. Ya think he will notice?
And your project pieces look nice.
Did your wife woop on you?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 05:53 AM

Thanks for the wakeup call.
Glad you’re all right.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 06:12 AM

YOU DID WHAT TO THAT INCRA FENCE…...........................??
Oh yeah, it’s not mine anymore, I could care less about it these days.
I’d tell you what a replacement fence costs, but then you’d start crying….

I am glad to hear you are still in one operational and shaken piece.

It’s nice to see you use those rockler fence add-ons. I got those on sale when I had to spend a couple more bucks to get free shipping, never got around to using them.

Now if I can just get away from fixing computers and work some wood…...

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 06:44 AM

I didn’t do nothing to the fence!

Just don’t remove that sacrificial board and look behind it.

Another thing to note. In the telling of this story, I failed to mention an important point. I never came close to getting hurt during all this. I just made an ignorant and arrogant mistake (ok, several actually) and made a pretty silver curve pattern right spack dab in the middle of my pretty golden fence (ok, not so pretty).
The part about snatching my hand back was just an instict move from being startled by the falling piece of wood. My hand never came closer than about four inches from the blade.

I’m glad you are glad that I’m using the fence add on pieces.
I only now wish you could have been glad before I made the boo-boo.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 01:40 PM

That was a close one William. I am so glad you weren’t hurt. It is good you share this story with everyone because I am sure that a lot of us see ourselves in some of the things you described. We should never be so familiar with what we are doing that we lose respect for the power of our tools. Thanks for the reminder!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 09:11 PM

One word describes all the failures you experienced and that word is ‘LAZY’. I would guess that most of us have experienced negative consequences from being lazy at one time or another, we are human after all. I think Arrogant is a bit too strong a word for what happened to you. On the positive side, you learned a valuable safety lesson and you didn’t have to pay the price with a personal injury. All good stuff. Life goes on!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 04:36 AM

Thank you all.

Sheila, that’s the reason I shared the story. If you look in that last photo, you can’t tell anything happened. I could have left it that way and noone would be the wiser. However, I believe we all can learn from other’s mistakes. That’s one of the great things about this group we call Lumberjocks. There are several practices that are unsafe that I once commonly done, that I have eliminated, because of stories from others here on Lumberjocks.

Stefang, you are correct, all of the events that unfolded were from laziness. Anyone of them could have been eliminated simply by stopping and doing them. However, I thought arrogance was a good descriptor for the chain of events because all the things that were wrong weren’t based only on my unwillingness to do them. They were, each and every one of them, based on my belief that I was good enough at the tasks I was performing that I could overlook the safety hazards. None of us are above safety precautions. It doesn’t matter how many times you do something or how good you are at it, you can still get hurt doing it the next time.


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#9 posted 01-22-2012 12:53 PM

I think we all have done stuff like this from time to time. We are in a hurry, or too lazy to set things up right and we tell ourselves ‘just this once’ we are going to cheat. Then, if we are fortunate enough not to hurt ourselves, we think to ourselves ‘that was easy’ and do it again and again until one day fate catches up with us.

I have been at wood shows and have met and talked to customers who are missing parts of fingers or have had big scars on their faces or other permanent injuries and I’ve never brought myself to ask about what happened, but I would probably be right if I guessed. It is a good reminder of us that we are playing with some pretty unforgiving tools.

Yesterday, I was gluing some pieces for stack cutting and I have this little mini glue gun that I got very cheap. I don’t like it because it is doll house sized and too small to accomplish a lot. I need a new one even though it is pretty new itself (I got it for under $5 I think). Anyway, I use it on a polished granite board that I have on my counter and when I set it down, it wanted to pull off the counter because the cord is heavier than the small gun and I instinctively grabbed for it and barely caught the heated tip when I grabbed it. I didn’t really get burned, but some glue fell on my hand and I right away thought of you grabbing around that moving blade.

It is really easy to make a mistake and only takes a split second. We have to do all we can to make our work environment safe and keep it clean so there are no distractions. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 04:34 AM

What was on your mind Sheila?

I ask it that way because of something I’m having problems with a lot lately, my memory, or capacity to multitask (or lack thereof).
Let me explain.
I often found myself in the shop trying to accomplish multiple things at once. I’d have my mind on cutting stock, planing stock, laying out patterns, and then around all this, I’d be trying to remember the exact measurement I needed to cut the stock to begin with.
Well through all this, I’ll go to the saw and, knowing I know the right measurements, cut the stock. The funny thing is that as soon as the stock passes the blade, I know already that I just cut the wrong measurement.

You see, I know how to do all this, and used to be able to keep it all straight in my head. Nowadays though, if I try to remember more than one thing at a time, I’ll have those “now I knew better” moments.

So I’m wondering while reading what you wrote above, guessing really, that maybe you had you mind on something else you were doing at the same time?


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#11 posted 01-23-2012 12:16 PM

Well, I was probably a lot like you – thinking in 23 directions about the project. But I think most of it was simply reflex. Something fell and it was just a reflex to grab it. I was lucky I didn’t get burned, but I certainly see how what you did happened to you. It made me see that it would be worth the $20 or so to get a decent one that isn’t lighter than the cord and falls all over the place. Even when watching what I am doing carefully it is flopping all over because the cord is heavier than the gun. It is quite useless as far as safety goes even if you are careful. It just goes to show that trying to save a bit isn’t always the best answer.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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