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Blog entry by mrg posted 11-09-2010 05:49 PM 2699 reads 0 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I found that no matter how safe you try to be accidents do happen.

Case in point, jointing a piece of oak using two push blocks to run the board through, the board exploded the blocks flew away and my left hand went into the blades. I amputated the top of my ring and middle finger and part of my index finger. It could have been worse.

I am on blood thinners so this posed a whole bunch of complications.So I am stressing my fellow jocks, if you are not comfortable with a certain procedure do ita different way.

I am selling my jointer because of this and will continue woodworking after I heal.

-- mrg



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NBeener

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 05:51 PM

OMG !!!!

As I read that … a graphic visual was playing in my head.

I’m so, so sorry.

I try to remember that: we have control of maybe 99.5% of this, but … there IS risk, and … that risk—while not COMMON—can be devastating.

What an awful story.

Heal quickly. I’m glad your spirit is telling you that you should still be a woodworker, after this.

Just … Wow.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 06:05 PM

Really, really sorry to hear about your accident. We can follow all the safety rules and still have accidents, I guess you can’t anticipate everything. I hope you heal quickly and again, I’m sorry to hear this happen to you.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 06:18 PM

Sorry to hear your misfortune.
How thck was the cut you were making when the material failed?

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

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 06:25 PM

I’m real sorry about your accident. Something like that happens so quickly there’s not much you can do to avoid being injured. I hope that you don’t run into any complications and that you recover your strength and that you learn to work around the partial loss of those fingers.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 06:33 PM

So sorry to hear this. Bad things do happen, and I’m sorry it was your turn. What size piece were you jointing? Any clues to help the rest of us avoid this disaster? Heal well. And I’m glad you are determined to get back to woodworking.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 06:34 PM

I am truly sorry to hear of this. Good luck with your healing sir.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 06:46 PM

I have to give a safety lecture at my guild meeting tonight seeing as I sliced my thumb open a few weeks ago

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 06:46 PM

Mercy sakes!That makes me cringe just to read about it. I’m sorry this happened to you. But thankful it was no worse that it was. You will be in my thoughts and prayers while you heal. I’m very glad you are getting back in the shop again once healed.

Hey guys and gals, there have been several accidents here lately. We need to redouble our awareness of what and how we are doing things in the shop. Please stop and think and be focused.

Beast wishes. Rand

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 07:55 PM

Wow I am so sorry. I will keep your story in mind as I do wood working today and in the future heal fast. I have been thinking of getting rid of my joiner and planer and using the money to buy some hand planes so your story just made me that much closer to my decision.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#10 posted 11-09-2010 08:08 PM

Sorry to hear of you accident and wishing you a speedy recovery.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 08:09 PM

I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO HEAD INTO THE GARAGE TO WORK ON SOME BOARDS I JUST BOUGHT USING THE SAME TABLESAW THAT HAS AMPUTATED ONE TIP ON MY RIGHT RING FINGER AND ALMOST TWO ON MY OTHER HAND. FORTUNATELY I SAW THIS AND STOPPED DEAD. I’M SO SORRY AND KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. A LOT OF WHAT IF’S GO THROUGH YOUR MIND AFTER AN ACCIDENT LIKE THIS. BOTTOM LINE IS ACCIDENTS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT. ALL I CAN SAY IS I FOUND THE PROBLEM WITH MY SAW. IT WAS HALF MY FAULT FOR NOT USING ALL THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT, BUT ALSO THE FENCE WAS WARPED. I’LL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS THAT THE DAMAGE WAS MINIMAL, AND YOU HEAL UP FAST. GOD BLESS AND THINK ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST. YOURS TRULY, MIKE

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

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 08:16 PM

I am so sorry to hear this but I hope that you recover quickly.

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

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 08:20 PM

Sorry to hear this.

I hope you mend fast.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 11-09-2010 08:21 PM

Very sad news. My best to you as you recover. Keep us informed.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#15 posted 11-09-2010 08:23 PM

WOW…sorry to hear this..I hope you heal fast….i always thought the jointer was one of the safer pieces of equipment…i guess not..

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