Great Legs! Bad Dadoes!

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 01-05-2009 04:45 PM 837 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following Daltexguy and Moshel I thought that I would throw in a time consuming and flesh damaging mistake of mine.

You have seen them in my recent blog about a End Grain Cutting Board. They are the cauls I used in the first pic.

These are supposed to be legs for my Double Duty Tablesaw Workbench project:
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However I modified the height of the workbench but neglected to make the needed modifications for the lacement of the dadoes on the legs. I actually made this mistake twice! I reused the second set of legs for my Lathe Cabinet Project:
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In amongst all of this fun I was using a very very sharp 3/4” chisel to flatten the bottom of these very large dadoes and had the chisel chatter across the bottom and as I lifted the chisel up and I brought the corner of the chisel though the outside of my left index finger resulting in 7 stitches. The doctor thought that the wound was made with a scalpel (yes I was very proud) as I explained how I managed a woodworking accident without power.

The good news was that the third time was the charm.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 05:03 PM

There is another…“you know you are a lumber jock when; your proud of your cut because the doctor thought it was made with a surgical instrument a testament of you sharpening skills” well done and by the way the bleeding did eventually stop right.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 06:35 PM

BE CAREFUL!!! We want to keep you around here for a while longer. :)

Hope you get back into the shop soon.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 06:36 PM

This was from projects past! I made the bench and the resulting injury in July of last year.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 08:36 PM

Thanks for the post sIKE! I think it’s good to acknowledge that, above all, Lumberjocks are just human but we can be downright clever too and recover from our mistakes creatively.

Dang, sorry about your finger,mate but that was one scary sharp chisel – well done. My first woodworking accident was when I was about 12 and I was cutting a stick to roast a weenie. I was using a nice little sharp carving knife. The knife slipped into my left index finger. No stitches as we were too far from anyone who could sew it up but I still have the scars to prove it.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 09:20 PM

Bad Dadoe! Bad Dadoe! Down Boy!

And you never told us about falling off the roof in your avatar.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 09:48 PM

That is not a falling off of the roof moent :), that is my king of the world moment at the end of day one of construction on my shop.
The Workshop

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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