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#1 posted 09-20-2012 02:42 PM

You know Richard, after going back and re-reading your post in #39, I just could not get the “planer” incident out of my mind. Just about a week ago I nearly had a very similar accident on my Lunchbox planer. I was final-sizing four 52” legs to 1 1/2” by sending them though the planer butted next to each other, rotating and sending them through again. Part way through this process I got a bit careless. In feeding, I was holding them butted next to each other and on the outfeed I was also grabbing them to keep them together as well. My momentary lapse of concentration led to my left “feed” arm/hand moving so close to the planer as to “just” start to pinch my fingers, causing me to quickly jerk my hand away. Had my fingers not been as vertical as they were, I probably would have had my hand pulled into the blades.

At the time, I didn’t think much of that close call. NOW, after reading your #39 post, I realize just how easy it is to screw up! My “best practices” on the planer are now being modified, immediately. Geez…

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