Freak Accident

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Blog entry by lightweightladylefty posted 08-21-2009 01:23 AM 1903 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The accident happened when I was nearly finished with a valance to hang over the patio doors and was drilling small holes through which I was threading gold cord. My old-age vision is rather poor so I had taken off my glasses and gotten my face really close to be able to see where I wanted to drill the hole. (Yes, I do know the importance of safety glasses, but what good are they if you can’t see what you’re doing?) Because I was drilling through fabric as well as poplar, I was being careful not to let the drill bit grip the threads and snag the material.

I had the drill right alongside my head and as I drilled, my long hair became entangled in the armature of the drill. I stopped the drill immediately and ran with the drill held tightly to my head through the rain to the house to enlist my husband’s assistance. I assured him I was not hurt; it was no worse than a tight hair permanent done by the students at the nearby School of Cosmetology. I had him remove the drill bit as I held the drill tightly to my head. We then proceeded to the bathroom for the haircut. Because it was so close to my head, the only scissors I had that was small enough was a tiny toenail scissors.

Once the drill was removed, he ran to the shop to get my glasses. Meanwhile, I began pulling the hair from the drill and I could feel the armature unwind, so I decided to plug in the drill and put it in reverse, and wouldn’t-you-know, the hair came right out. I ended up with an unnecessary haircut, but it was free. ;-) (My husband said he would never have risked reversing the drill with my head so tight to it.)

The blessing in all this is that I had forgotten my camera 100 miles away at my sister’s so I won’t have visual memories of this. (And as poor as my memory is, by the time I get the camera back I’ll forget to take a picture of the new hairdo!)

P.S. The valances are mixed media so I don’t know if I should show them in the projects.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#1 posted 08-21-2009 01:46 AM

Glad it wasn’t any worse than that!

Sounds like you will be wearing a hat to Sunday School ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 01:56 AM

For those that have hair, not me, it sounds like a hair net would be a valuable woodworking safety device. I guess this story also serves as a safety reminder to watch out for loose hair and clothing. I’m glad you got out of it with only a bad hair day :-)

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 02:10 AM

Lew, It’s no different than those who are balding in spots: I did a comb-over!

CreekWoodworker, It could probably be considered a bad-hair-several-weeks!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 08-21-2009 02:18 AM

Glad to see you were not hurt any more seriously then a bad hair pull and trim….One thing about near misses…it does remind you that safety should always be #1…

I can honestly say that every time I have short cutted safety has been when I suffer a mishap….I can’t hardly remember ever having had a time that I’ve suffered any damage when I paid attention and followed the safe course…...and everytime I get smacked for short cutting…I have to ask myself why am I in such a darn hurry…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 08-21-2009 03:20 AM

A hair raising no loosing experience. Glad your OK

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 08-21-2009 03:23 AM


-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 08-21-2009 03:29 AM

Was the valances and the drill ok?

Sorry bad joke, just glad you wasn’t hurt and can joke about now. Hadn’t seen you in while, been wondering if you were alright.

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

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Occie gilliam

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#8 posted 08-21-2009 04:30 AM

Good writing, nice story. looking forward to the next one

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#9 posted 08-21-2009 04:38 AM

Thanks for the concern LJs. The Lord is good in providing such warnings to pay more attention . . . and without any real tragedy. You’re right ReggieK, it’s when we rush through things without thinking them through fully that these things happen.

Yes, Les, the valances and the drill are okay. I, too, was a little concerned about the drill. It seemed to be running fine when I reversed it, but I haven’t used it since. I might just take it apart to make sure that all the hair is out of it when I finally get back out to the shop.

I’ve promised my husband that I wouldn’t start another project until we have a reunion party for our after-school Bible club children. That’s planned for the 29th and I’m having withdrawals not being in the shop.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 08-21-2009 04:43 AM

has bifocal safety glasses .
glad to hair it came off o.k. :-)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 08-21-2009 04:49 AM

i went to the barber the other day and ask for a gash on the side and crooked bangs. he said he just couldn’t bring himself to do that. i said why, you did ia good job of it two week ago.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 08-21-2009 04:20 PM

hate to laugh at someone’s expense, but after learning your okay, it was a funny story… as you wrote it. Yeah, wish you had your camera for a LJ project shot… then, a new hairdo shot… :)

I could imagine this on one of those home video TV shows, too…. you’d win the grand prize!

glad you are fine… lesson learned, etc.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 08-21-2009 05:15 PM

Glad to hear that only your pride was hurt. That is a big reminder to all those with long hair yo put it up when in the shop

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 08-21-2009 05:32 PM

Thank the Lord you were not hurt. It surely could have been much much worse. Accidents can happen quickly to any of us, even the most experienced. I had a friend who was a retired police detective from the Lansing Police Department. He was on a local shooting range and shot himself in the foot with a 44 magnum, this is after 30 some years on the force without a scratch. Did he ever get ribbed. But it goes to show us all, that it can happen to any of us at any time. Glad you’re OK. mike

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

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#15 posted 08-21-2009 06:38 PM

Thanks for the posting. Safety can come in many different sizes and shapes and situations.

-- 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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