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Blog entry by handyman posted 01-27-2008 03:28 AM 1301 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Use all safety devices. Just off severe table saw accident – 16 stitches, and a long time off wood working projects

-- Dan

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 03:39 AM


-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 04:06 AM


-- Eric

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 04:06 AM

That’s gonna leave a mark!

Get better soon.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 04:18 AM

YEOOOO. Man thats gotta smart. Get momma to kiss it and make it all better.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 04:21 AM

ouch again

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 04:58 AM

Good luck healing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 05:06 AM

Was it a pull the hand away accident?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 05:13 AM

That is a real bummer. At times we get complacent about the tools we are using. Too often we take the expedient route rather than one which is safer but more cumbersome.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 05:26 AM

Yea it’ll leave a mark,,,,been there done that. Mine had thirty-seven :o(

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 05:30 AM

Ah, it’s just a flesh wound. All kidding aside, though, how did it happen?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 05:34 AM

I can identify with table saw accidents! Almost cut one of mine off, too! Thank God it healed fine!!

Now ia take all the time to make sure all my safety equipment is in place before cutting. A lost finger is a huge price to pay for 30 seconds of laziness!

I am glad you will heal with all 10 fingers. I truly hope you get back to cutting soon, though!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 01-27-2008 05:40 AM

thanks to my chisel i still cant feel my finger tip, im feelin your pain! or at least was feeling it….

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 06:00 AM

lesson one: don’t touch the table saw blade when it is spinning

lesson two: ......

lesson three ….

that had to hurt ! ................. ouch !!!

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

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#14 posted 01-27-2008 06:00 AM

This was a job for “Saw Stop”....that definatly looks like it hurt!


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#15 posted 01-27-2008 06:10 AM

And what did we learn from this?

No joking around here, you got off lucky. I’ve seen too many guys with nubs and wicked scarring that proves their insouciance around power tools makes them all too eligible for a Darwin Awards nomination. I have had close calls BUT have been essentially saved by answering a basic question before hitting the on switch.

~ Where are my hands? ~

And besides, no, and I mean NO “safety” device can make up for poor/bad working habits. Handyman Dan, you have my sympathy with the following story as caveat.

I worked in a small cabinet shop as a young adult and saw first hand what can happen when your mind isn’t on your work. A coworker was chatter-boxing while feeding boards to a 12” jointer. He broke his form and swapped hands during a pass and before he could grab the board it shot out from underneath his grip and he fed the palm of his hand to the jointer. I had the dubious honor of driving him to the hospital and then cleaning his blood from the machine as I was the chucklehead he was chatting up.

After a years worth of visits to the skin grafter he returned to the shop whereby the boss called us both into his office and explained that there was a zero tolerance policy against stupidity while operating ANY of his machines. It was simply too costly to keep people on that didn’t have more sense than to feed their appendages to machinery. He fired us both.

I should have saw it coming as he only allowed me to sweep up and do heavy lifting during the time of my coworker’s absence. He even canceled the Christmas party that year due to the increased workload of being shorthanded and in hindsight I think the deductible on his insurance was probably pretty severe as well.

The bottom line is this, we only come with one set of each of what our maker gave us. Our current medical technology is not at the replacement level that Luke Skywalker enjoyed after losing a hand to a light saber.

So till then, take care and be aware.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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