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The Most Dangerous Tool in the Shop

by xwingace
posted 888 days ago

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#1 posted 888 days ago

If it weren’t so true, it would be funny!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Steve Peterson

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#2 posted 888 days ago

That’s hillarious. I would say that the most dangerous thing in the shop is HIM. I wonder if he still has two hands.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 888 days ago

Steve, Maybe that’s why he had to modify it so it only required one hand…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 888 days ago

As I have always said, nothing is idiot-proof; before they can make it that way, they make bigger and better idiots…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 888 days ago

Wow, I hope he is safer at work then at home. Grinders are un asuming and they look harmless, but putting a blade on it, he was asking to be called lefty! Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 888 days ago

Seventeen years ago, I felt confident enough in my self-taught skills to use the Hickam Air Force Base wood shop. I met a woodworker there who made exceptionally beautiful boxes and small tables. Every time I saw him in the shop, he’d give me a safety tip. Then I got my own shop and he moved to Seattle, end of story- right? Not so fast, about six months ago my husband was at a meeting in Seattle and he saw my friend. My friend, who had lost two fingers on a Skill saw. Are you kidding me!? If a person like Ed, who was so aware of the danger, could have that kind of an accident, NO ONE is safe. It’s just the luck of the draw….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#7 posted 888 days ago

The only surgery I’ve ever had, the kind where they knock you out to cut out pieces, was from an angle grinder accident. Yes, I was stupid and didn’t think so at the time and thought I was being extremely careful.

The tool that scares me the most is a router, handheld or in a table. Something that sharp should not spin so fast and scream so loudly.

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#8 posted 888 days ago

drawing blood reminds me of how stupid i can be at times….......

-- cut that out!

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#9 posted 888 days ago

At first I thought you said the Grinder as in stationary grinder. I was trying to wrap my head around how plywood could be cut like that.

I think that guy may need a Darwin award if he keeps his lack of safety up.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#10 posted 888 days ago

I’m just glad it wasn’t the whiskey bottle.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#11 posted 887 days ago

Maybe he’s just practicing so that when he only HAS one hand….


-- "There are two theories to arguing with a woman....neither of them work"

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#12 posted 887 days ago

Actually, the only accident I’ve had in the shop was from an angle grinder. Was grinding some steel to prep for welding, something caught my eye to my left and my right hand followed my head. The grinder wheel caught me between the knuckle closest to my hand and the second knuckle on my left index finger. Finger got caught between the blade and guard. Stalled the little Makita out. Cut through the bone and my finger was just hanging by some meat and skin. Lucky the doctor on call at the Immediate Care facilty in town was a vascular surgeon. Got out of there with 27 stitches, a splint and an intact finger. Got a pretty little scar, a weird looking knuckle and some stiffness, but the finger works.

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#13 posted 887 days ago

Wow, it sounds like he was trying to be as unsafe as possible, like some kind of strange challenge. In honor of this story, I’m going to attach my chainsaw chain to my TS arbor and use that to cut wood today, guardless and one handed of course.

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

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#14 posted 887 days ago

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#15 posted 887 days ago

My stupidest moment was years ago when I chucked a small sanding drum into my router table. The second I turned it on, I had a hole in a plywood wall. That could have been me. I think I’ve gotten smarter since then.

-- Turning A Round

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#16 posted 887 days ago

There are tools in the shop that scare me more than others (table saw and jointer). I’m always extra careful around them.

However, the last tool to draw blood was the bandsaw. I’ve also bled due to incidents with my router (in a router table), drill press, lathe and a hand saw. I consider each of these machines to be less dangerous than a table saw or jointer.

My point – We need to be extra careful around ALL machines.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#17 posted 887 days ago

Ignorance can be corrected. Stupid is FOREVER!!!!


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#18 posted 887 days ago

Robert Heinlein said that the two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. I dont think I have ever seen a tablesaw jump up and cut someone or a router lying in wait behind a workbench. It requires human interaction.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#19 posted 887 days ago

We always need to keep control the nut behind the wheel ,but that’s always the problem we are the NUTS. :))

-- Custom furniture

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#20 posted 887 days ago

...loose nuts at that!

-- cut that out!

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#21 posted 887 days ago

Yea, my shop teacher at freshman industrial arts made the point very clear that the most dangerous tools in the shops where the students. He then drove that point home by having a slide show of the accidents that occurred in that schools classes. Those images stuck with me now into my 30th year of using tools in a shop environment.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#22 posted 887 days ago

We always hear things like “child proof” and “sailor proof”, but the truth is; nothing is fool proof. There are only fools that think it can’t happen to them. I have been working with tools most of my life and aside from the occasional cuts and bruises, haven’t lost any body parts. I know that something bad is going to happen to me. I just don’t know when or how. Call it destiny, but there is an accident out there waiting to happen, so I take extra precautions when I’m in the shop. Maybe I can beat the accident reaper.

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#23 posted 886 days ago

I think the most dangerous thing is being tired in the shop. Not only dangerous, but I made a bad cut on a shelf and had to remake it the other day, ugh!

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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