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#1 posted 12-21-2009 05:48 AM

Since I first used a power tool, I have had 2 accidents. Although only one was woodworking (the other was automotive).

Automotive, back in 1992, I was the station manager of a badly understaffed full service gas station in Tucson. We had one of the old stationary tire changers, the kind with the spindle that goes through the hub hole of the wheel, instead of the newer rim clamp style.

I was showing a new hire how to patch a tire, on a customers 4×4 pickup, 35×12.50/15 (same rubber size, smaller rim as my current tire). We let the air out, when I ran the bead breaker in the whole assembly, 95lb tire, wheel, spindle and all came right at me, knocked me over and twisted my back something fierce. I finished the job up, but went to the hospital nearly unable to move after my shift was over…

I have back trouble to this day related to that, and a car wreck in 2001…

Woodworking accident involves my lathe, and a tenon that failed. I was turning a 6” osage orange bowl blank, and had the tenon outright fail completely, the blank flew off of the lathe, bounced off my face shield giving me a small bruise on the bridge of my nose, and then grazed my scalp giving me a pretty annoying 3” long scraping cut.

I am praying those are my worst…

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