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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 04-24-2011 05:39 AM 1258 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Evening LJ’s,

With woodworkers safety week fast approaching I want to tell what happened to me today and the true blessing it turned out to be.

I haven’t been posting around here lately due to me getting into my busy season and other responsibilities like my church, home, You get the picture?
Well today was an uneventful day of working all day cutting grass at my church, however it is when I came home and went to my shop that it began. I received a phone call to start another Adirondack chair I was so eager to get it done I decided to start it tonight, My first mistake I made was I was reaching for something I dropped and BAM!! I struck my head against the bandsaws iron table, after a few swear words later I started back working Now with a slight headache and dizziness This my friends was the second mistake as I was cutting out the top of a slat when before I knew it I made contact with the blade I LET MY GUARD DOWN
I just wasn’t paying attention and after hitting my head I was feeling bad.
Well my friends I did receive a nasty bite mark however My lady friend reviewed it and determined it wasn’t very deep or bad so no trip to the hospital but a very painful lesson indeed, A wake up call, and a thank you upstairs, for protecting me, in light of it Please if you don’t feel up to it don’t go out there use my mistake as a wake up call too.
No I am not going to post bloody photos or bandages I don’t believe I need to however after this I am gonna try my best to make sure this never happens again.
All I ask is for my fellow woodworkers to be safe out there and please don’t post any gross pictures on this post I just can’t stand to see them and after seeing one of my own I had enough.
Take care :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com



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pjones46

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 05:55 AM

I hope you heal fast. Get back on the horse soon.

Something like that is how I lost a 1/2 inch off my right thumb. Moral of the story, don’t work with tools when you are distracted, tired, angry, not feeling well or rushing.

God Bless, this Easter to you and yours.

Paul

-- Respectfully, Paul

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sawblade1

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 06:03 AM

Thanks Paul and a happy Easter to you too, I knew better but I had one of those moments I will be doing a shop assessment tomorrow and posting results of the real root cause for my mishap

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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hjt

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 AM

God was watching out for you – guess he was trying to get your attention. Do you think he succeeded??

Happy Easter

-- Harold

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sawblade1

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 06:26 AM

Yes he did get my attention, I thank him through the pain that it wasn’t much worse instead if sitting her right now I could be sitting in an emergency room or worse in the hospital with a amputated limb THANK YOU JESUS that I am alright Happy Easter Harold :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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Dave

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 06:26 AM

Sawblade I made the mother of all mistakes today on my table saw. I was doing a rip and as I leaned forward, I do have on glasses, dust flew up into my eyes. I am still pushing the rip through, and I closed both eyes tightly. Just for a second. But after the cut I thought how stupid. We live and learn each day. I hope you heal quickly. God Bless.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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degoose

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 08:21 AM

One with the table saw, once with the router table… I tell you straight … NO 3rd time….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 05:08 PM

early in my wood working career i had the mother of all close calls….no blood but it scared me to not have any accidents more sreious then a bandage for 30 years.
I was working on a condo project on catalina island off the coast of s.cal and had my first chop saw less then two weeks.I was cutting 5/4 by 2 1/2” window trim when it happend.I crossed my hand over in front of the right hand forty five I was cutting and thankfully started the blade down towards the wood slowly.I was concentrating on the mark and heard a strange sound like a flag fluttering in the breeze.I let the blade back up and found that i had cut my long sleeve shirt right over the top of my wrist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was almostsick to my stomach! It took at least twenty minutes to calm down enough to continue.I wore that shirt with out repair till it just plain wore out(or I grew out of it….nope it wore out,or so I tell myself).
Everytime i looked at it i remembered the day I almost became a one handed carpenter.This was back when they just pulled the skin up around an amp and threw the scraps to the dogs.

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Hacksaw007

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 07:07 PM

Been there, done that…... Glad that you are hurt more than you are.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Woodbutchery

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#9 posted 04-25-2011 05:12 AM

I have been very lucky in my woodworking to have been visited by fortunate accidents – Things that re-inforced why we use push sticks, safety glasses, and all the other advice that keeps us hale and whole. I’m glad you only received a scratch that will grow back rather than losing a part of the digit.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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jack1

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 05:37 AM

I seem to have made enemies with my router table. Been bit twice (lost the tip of a finger when I tried to put a rabbet in it)... Takes a second of not paying attention. Glad you are ok…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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EEngineer

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#11 posted 04-25-2011 07:06 AM

Nawww, this is all about lack of focus.

From your own words…

I received a phone call to start another Adirondack chair I was so eager to get it done I decided to start it tonight, Were you thinking about tools? Or were you thinking about the new commission?

...I started back working Now with a slight headache and dizziness… Were you thinking about tools? Or were your headache and dizziness distracting you?

This is the Zen of woodworking… to be focused on the process and function of each step and ignoring all distractions; if you can’t, time to take a break and come back to it when you can concentrate fully on one step at a time.

Safety in the shop is not about guards and prevention; it is more about visualizing each step, identifying the dangerous parts and avoiding putting yourself in the dangerous situation in the first place.

Many years ago I met a man who said ” You can’t be a serious woodworker, you still have all ten fingers.” My reply to him was; “I am a serious woodworker, that’s why I still have all ten fingers!”

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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nate22

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#12 posted 04-25-2011 06:16 PM

Been there done that. I cut my hand on my band saw 5 years ago. Had to have stitches put in my hand. Hope you heal fast and god was looking over you to.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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mafe

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#13 posted 04-25-2011 09:07 PM

Happy you are fine.
Happy easter to you.
Yes life can get nasty soo fast.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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