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#1 posted 02-11-2012 01:53 AM


This happened while using the driver bit. I was securing the corners of your typical flat face-frame.


I was using a clamp at this corner, but my hand was simply in a very poor location. Simply way too close to the business end of my bit. It was totally “user error” on my part. No fault of any of my equipment.

But I must again stress the fact that I was using very little drill pressure when this accident happened. And in a split second the 7” or 8” drive bit slipped away from the square-drive screw and was instantly all the way through my palm. The bit went in the very middle of my left palm and out the back side of my hand almost dead center.

As mentioned earlier, my hand surgeon could not believe that I didn’t hit any nerves, tendons, bones…nothing. I was extremely lucky. It could have been much, much worse. All I have to show is two very small scars.

I have since built myself a similar product that Kreg offers. It’s a dedicated table top with sliding clamps down two sides. Now I keep my free hand far away from the business end of my driver bit.

When my wife and I are watching woodworking shows on TV, and we see either Norm or others with their hand in the same location that I had mine in…we just cringe!! I even emailed Norm about one of his videos. No reply.


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