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My Saw Bit Me. Three Times!

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Blog entry by Eric posted 2097 days ago 930 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my video for Woodworking Safety Week 2008, I repeatedly reminded my viewers to keep fingers out of the path or potential path of the blade. Hmm, this gets tricky with a ryoba and two sides of the blade – thus two potential paths. For some reason, this weekend my saw bit me three times.

In all three instances, I was holding a board with my left hand and cutting it with my right. When the saw finished its cut, the saw sprung upwards, and the top part of the saw (the rip blade) dug into my index finger.

My wife told me I should put a band-aid on that finger, so at least the saw wouldn’t break the skin. I said, “Yeah, but even better is that I work safely enough that I won’t even do it in the first place!” She looked skeptical, and with raised eyebrows glanced at my finger.

My reply: “What? I haven’t done it even once after those first three times!”

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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ChicoWoodnut

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#1 posted 2097 days ago

Dude!

Listen 2 your wife. Your supposed to keep your fingers away from those little pointy thingys. They’re sharp!

Now let her rub some stingy stuff on there to remind you not to do that again <g>

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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oldskoolmodder

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#2 posted 2097 days ago

Those kinds of cuts are nothing to me anymore, I almost laugh when I get them because nothing beats a table saw biting. But I wish it hadn’t anyway.

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

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Eric

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#3 posted 2097 days ago

I know, I know – but as a neanderthal I don’t lose TOO much blood so I have to whine about it when it happens. :^)

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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oldskoolmodder

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#4 posted 2097 days ago

nothing wrong with that at all

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2097 days ago

You’ll have to develop an OSHA approved blade guard for your handsaw.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Eric

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#6 posted 2097 days ago

Would you believe I removed it? Ha!

(Check in the pic, you can see the plastic blade guard in the background.)

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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rikkor

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#7 posted 2097 days ago

I am glad your injury was not too bad. This hobby (vocation) can have some serious consequences.

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 2097 days ago

oh man i’ve done that countless times. its funny everyone at school has no clue what to thing when they see all the saw marks :)

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Texasgaloot

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#9 posted 2097 days ago

Behind every good man is a good woman… rolling her eyes. Sigh. Glad it was not your tailed apprentice that was so hungry for flesh!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Julian

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#10 posted 2097 days ago

My dad used to say to me was that if you cut yourself, or hit yourself with a hammer, then you were thinking about something else other than your work. I’m not saying that this was true in your case, but I wil say that everytime I have hit my fingers with a hammer, he was dead on.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Roper

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#11 posted 2097 days ago

rule number one keep your fingers AWAY from the sharp thing.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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woodworm

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#12 posted 2097 days ago

rule number two : keep your sharp tools away from your fingers.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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dsb1829

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#13 posted 2097 days ago

Yep, been bit by my ryoba too. Brain is not programmed to watch out for the second edge. Hopefully it has learned.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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ChicoWoodnut

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#14 posted 2097 days ago

Remember,

You’re in good company. Have you ever seen Roy Underhill’s fingers?

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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woodchips

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#15 posted 2097 days ago

wow this injury is more common than i realized. just last night i put a pretty good (but short) slice in my finger, just wasn’t thinking about the sharp backside i guess. and here i was thinking, “man i bet this only happens to me”

~isaac

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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