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Am I the only one stupid enough....

by CharlieM1958
posted 01-31-2010 04:03 AM

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 04:07 AM

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:08 AM

If anyone says they haven’t they’re either : A) Lying, or B) Never sharpened anything.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:11 AM

I NEVER done that… well, I don’t have a grinder :)

I did however try to check the tension on a bandsaw blade, before it stopped turning and came to a complete stop. I’m pretty sure my cut was worse than your burn though…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:13 AM

not by a long shot , charlie .
i was just doing that with my 1 1/2 ” plug cutter yesterday ,
after it smoked it’s way thru 8 boards !

must be some kind of primal thing .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 04:16 AM

Yeah, Sharon, you’ve got me beat. lol.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 04:16 AM

Now all grils can say your hot stuff :)) Been there done that.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 04:19 AM

Nope. I do not do that.
When I use very expensive drill bit (solid carbide bit) on my DP, after a few seconds drilling knife handle scale, I stopped and touch the bit wheater it got hot very fast or not.
Does it sound stupid?....LOL

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 04:20 AM

Like taking a hoy dril bit out of a chuck and quickly tossing it from your burnt fingers into your shirt pocket. My sympathies.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 04:23 AM

I usually cool the tool in the palm of my hand during grinding. The human circulation system is very good at moving surface heat but on occasion I discover I’ve misjudged and my circulation system isn’t quite up to the challenge. Profanity helps a little but not much.

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 04:25 AM

Yep, I’ve never done that before, again!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 04:27 AM

Thanks, guys. It’s starting to hurt a little less now that I know my misery has so much company. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 04:32 AM

I’ve got an OSHA sign on the side of my toolbox I found at work a few years ago that seems fitting:
CAUTION- Do NOT attempt to clean machinery while it is in motion.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#13 posted 01-31-2010 04:45 AM

“If you’re thinking about doing something, it’s probably a bad idea. If you’re NOT thinking about it, it’s a worse one.”

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#14 posted 01-31-2010 04:51 AM

That’s whats called a “thumbometer” in my shop.

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#15 posted 01-31-2010 04:51 AM

not even gonna go there….been there to many times already

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#16 posted 01-31-2010 04:53 AM

Dose this fall under New terminology 101 “Brain Fart”?

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#17 posted 01-31-2010 04:54 AM

Thats the kind of thing that makes me call myself ‘dumbass’

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#18 posted 01-31-2010 04:55 AM

I vote stupid. :-)

In the 35+ years I have been using I grinder, that’s one thing I never did. I always have water on hand.

I did stick my tongue to one of those old metal ice cube trays when I was a kid!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#19 posted 01-31-2010 05:00 AM

Only a Cajun would do dat

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#20 posted 01-31-2010 05:14 AM

I must be a Cajun, at least I was born 150 miles away from the French Canadians.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#21 posted 01-31-2010 05:26 AM

I like to think its not hot it just did not take you long to get a good look at it :)


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#22 posted 01-31-2010 05:28 AM

Charlie, just remember what my old grandpa used to say – ”You gotta be smarter than a watermelon to eat one”. And I’ve done it too – must be a man thing.

Oh, you wanna tallk about dumb things to do – how many of you (besides me) have shot yourself in the buttocks? And the State of Louisiana still let’s me carry a gun – but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Geaux Saints!!!!!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#23 posted 01-31-2010 06:11 AM

Bill, if I were a cop, I’d be in the rubber gun squad. :-)

GaryK: Judging from your projects, I always suspected you were some sort of alien. The fact that you’ve never done this just proves it. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#24 posted 01-31-2010 06:32 AM

No, you’re not alone.

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#25 posted 01-31-2010 06:37 AM

I’ve never done that but I did put my fingers on a defrost heater to see if it was working. Basically melted a small piece of skin.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#26 posted 01-31-2010 06:54 AM

Greetings all:....... I don’t know about all of you. I have never in my life burnt myself testing to see if something was hot , or sharp…... that’s ridiculius… You gotta understand one thing about me:...... I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night…… later.

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#27 posted 01-31-2010 07:56 AM

Stupid huh, ok, now remember I had an older brother. He talked me into sticking my tongue on the chrome of a car in winter, yes it stuck, he then drove away. Ha Ha. He talked me into peeing on an electric fence, no wonder I had cancer down there, I watched myself in slow motion shove a piece of wood into a very sharp tablesaw blade, I knew it was very sharp, I knew the guard was off, I knew the blade was to high and I did it anyway. I fired a staple gun into the palm of my hand when I was working construction to see if it needed staples. It didn’t. Need I go on Charlie, you look like a genius.

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#28 posted 01-31-2010 01:37 PM

Sweat a half inch elbow on a small piece of copper pipe, turn off the torch and grab it up! It will be the first thing on your mind the rest of the day! ouch

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#29 posted 01-31-2010 02:05 PM

you could start a new blog for that one.

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#30 posted 01-31-2010 02:56 PM

Been there – done that :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#31 posted 01-31-2010 03:12 PM

Makes me think of my “jointer accident”. Not only was the machine not running, the knife involved was not even in the machine. I was selling some planer knives on CraigsList. I cleaned them before taking a photo. I am not sure why I thought that I could run my finger along an 8” razor-sharp edge protected only by a thin rag – I guess I was not thinking. At least it was a very cold day so I made it into the house before the blood really started flowing.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#32 posted 01-31-2010 03:48 PM

Regarding being French Canadian or living in french Canada… it’s simply a rite of passage to stick your tongue to the steel goal posts of a hockey net during the freezing cold winter. Teaches us how to deal with the cold stuff.

You’d think down south you would have a similar rite to teach you how to deal with the hot stuff ;)

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#33 posted 01-31-2010 04:11 PM

Kate, remember when a lot of cars had that cheap vinyl upholstery? The southern rite of passage is hopping into the car on a 100-degree sunny day wearing short shorts. It was enough to melt skin right off the backs of your legs!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#34 posted 01-31-2010 04:13 PM

Unfortunately, I do remember!

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#35 posted 01-31-2010 04:50 PM

haha…. i did that one to many times and thats why i bought a wet grinder :)

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#36 posted 01-31-2010 04:53 PM

haha, nope, I do it all the time.

Worse, I often forget I’d just taken it off and put my hand down on the top of the gouge shaft not far from the tip to support it on the toolrest, forgetting that part gets hot too! (Heat transfer is a powerful thing)

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#37 posted 01-31-2010 05:01 PM

Well lets see..I have touched hot drill bits to clean them, I have stuck my finger tip too close to my oscillating belt sander (that one really hurt)..I have sanded many flat spots in my wedding ring trying to help a sanding disk wind down…probably the only reason I have never done that is I don’t own a grinding wheel…but I will put it on my pending personal injury log…


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#38 posted 01-31-2010 05:08 PM

Charlie, you make me laugh out loud! Thanks for you self deprecating humor. Yes, I’ve done it….. only once.
I also did the vinyl seat shorts thing….. more than once.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#39 posted 01-31-2010 05:41 PM

Spanky46, you’re working too hard. I was soldering copper sprinkler pipes, looked away for a moment for some reason, and applied the torch flame directly to the knuckles of the other hand.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#40 posted 01-31-2010 05:43 PM

Cahrlie, growing up in East Texas in the 70’s & 80’s, my grandmother had a blue Chevy Nova with black vinyl seats. I’ve hopped in that car in July and kept going right out the other side more than once! OUCH! Or how about the old metal lawn furniture in the summer?

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#41 posted 01-31-2010 06:07 PM

Wow, flash back to July 1961 and our family vacation to the Smithsonian Museum. Dad wanted a picture of me sitting on the barrel of a cannon. Keep in mind that it was a bright sunny day, the cannon was BLACK heavy metal, it was 2-3 pm and I was wearing thin cotton bermuda shorts. He wasn’t quick enough to snap the shutter. As soon as my thighs hit that metal, I knew I wasnt meant to be an artillary guy. Charlie, thanks for burning that memory in my mind.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#42 posted 01-31-2010 06:16 PM

Speaking of wet toungs on cold metal. That must be one of the early memories of doing something stupid.

Been there done that.

Now the closest to that feeling is eating frozen ice and the great feeling of a brain freeze as it settles in your tummy on a hot summer day.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#43 posted 01-31-2010 08:41 PM

THIS is why I joined Lumberjocks, a meeting place for like minds

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#44 posted 02-01-2010 02:35 PM



Slow down…... this is the week that you have to stay healthy.
A burnt finger may mess you up with your Superbowl Celebration dance.

I am a Steeler Fan but will have to cheer for another Black and Gold Team this year.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#45 posted 02-08-2010 02:29 AM

My daddy always said, “If your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.” I’ve been know to weld up a piece of metal and then reach down and pick it up…......and not once either. sheesh Last tiame I did that, I discovered the perfect cure. Your hand in ice water for 8 hours and a fifth of Jack Daniels to numb the pain. Works great, I seem to remember.

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#46 posted 02-08-2010 02:29 AM

Charlie, That’s not stupid. Stupid is putting your push stick down on the last cut and forgetting to pick it up and being reminded that you should have, only after kick back pulls your hand into the saw blade. $6000 later after that hand surgeon sews up whats left of your hand, you remember that “stupid” thing you did. Hard lesson to learn, ie, riving knife, splitter, stopsaw, or the gripper would have prevented it. I could have owned so many more tools if I had just spent the money on the correct tools first. We could probably post a forum on injuries alone.
Like forgetting to turn off a branding torch and finding out by accident. But, no, you’re not stupid.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#47 posted 02-08-2010 02:32 AM

Is there any other way?

-- Frank

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#48 posted 02-08-2010 03:29 AM

Is there something wrong with that method?

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#49 posted 02-08-2010 03:54 AM

Say what you will, I aint admitting nothing!

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#50 posted 02-10-2010 05:39 AM

I remember as a kid, my father was welding a roll cage on his new dune buggy he was building on an old VW chassis. I was about 6 or 7 years old. I grabbed one of the pipes on the opposite end from where he was welding. That was the day that I learned that metal conducts heat. Now when it comes to shedding blood, am notorious for cutting myself. I often look down to see that I am bleeding and have not idea exactly what I did to cut myself. Some people use a branding iron to identify the projects they have built – I just leave a DNA sample on mine somewhere – not on purpose of course.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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