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My right shoulder is killing me every time I mill. What am I doing wrong?

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Blog entry by spaids posted 09-29-2008 04:43 PM 957 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been having pain in my right should the next day after I use my jointer. Its actually disrupting my life. Has anyone else had this sort of issue? I’m 33 years old and in decent shape. I exercise regularly by lifting weight and jogging. I don’t understand how using my 6 inch ridgid jointer leaves me in pain for extended periods of time.

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lew

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 04:45 PM

You are turning on the power before running the material through, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 04:48 PM

it sounds like you might be pushing to hard and your posture may be off. Try a lighter push and stand differently

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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lew

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 04:58 PM

Seriously,

I agree with Rustic. I was never really shown the “proper” way to feed stock thru the jointer until recently. The way it was explained was to start the stock, with both hands on the in feed table side. When there is enough material to safely handle on the out feed table, transfer the left hand to the out feed table. The left hand now holds the stock against the out feed table (and fence). The right hand pushes the stock thru the cut. I usually stand near the end of the in feed table, but not directly behind it. My rite arm and shoulder are over the in feed table.

Just my $.02

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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John Gray

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 05:16 PM

If you subscribe to Fine Woodworking Online there’s an article “Pain-Free Woodworking” look here:
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/FWNPDF/011137074.pdf

If not PM me with your real email address and I’ll send you the .pdf file, you have to have Adobe Reader or similar software to view it.
I know I’ve seen a video on jointer posture but after 20 minutes on Goggle I haven’t found it.
Roper below has the right idea.

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Roper

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#5 posted 09-29-2008 05:26 PM

also try shifting your wieght through the cut instead of trying to push the board with just your arms and chest. roll your weight from your right foot to your left as you make the cut. just my 2 cents> good luck.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#6 posted 09-29-2008 05:39 PM

I have a bad wing. Doctor told me to stretch the shoulder all the time, and take ibuprofen.

I would look at the weight lifting you are doing. I’m pretty sure i ruined my shoulder lifting weights. If you are doing any movements that are designed to blast the shoulders I would stop.

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Toolz

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#7 posted 09-29-2008 06:06 PM

Sorry to hear of your problems. I only get that feeling when I reach for my wallet at the gas pump ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 09-29-2008 06:09 PM

I get that too when having to buy a round of drinks reaching into my pocket is AGONY seriously sounds like youve disturbed a muscle in your arm good rest and manipulation massage (great job for your missus) will sort it out.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Douglas Krueger

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#9 posted 09-29-2008 06:10 PM

Lots of good info already given so will add my 2 baht. I tend to rotate my body as the piece is fed thru while transferring weight as Roper has already suggested, this allows the body to assist in pushing the stock so it is not arm strength alone.

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#10 posted 09-29-2008 09:33 PM

It sounds like you may have a tear in your rotator cuff .
Only certain strains produce pain and as you ponit out and they are of a type you normally don’t do.
Try pushing a heavy object that is above your shoulder height to see if you can elicit a bit of pain.
If you can, you may wan to see a physician for a C/scan. They can repair the small tears today with little discomfort.

Lifting weights are we? <vbg>

Bob

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#11 posted 09-29-2008 09:50 PM

relax when you work… too much pressure = too much pain.

-- making sawdust....

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 09-29-2008 10:03 PM

My wife had a torn rotator cuff, & our Doctor gave her a choice. Surgery, or physical therapy.

She chose PT, & her shoulder has been real good for over 2 years now.

He told her if the PT didn’t help, she’d be in better shape if she did have to have surgery.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 09-29-2008 11:08 PM

Buy yourself alittle automatic power feeder they are not very cheap but second hand not too bad you will not regret it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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rtb

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#14 posted 09-30-2008 03:03 AM

I agree with a torn rotator cuff which may require surgery or can heal in time—a long time. every time you feel pain the time starts over as you are extending the tear. Waxing the table (all your metal tables actually) may help but if the pain continues you will need to get a evaluation and decide on a treatment plan rt

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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spaids

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#15 posted 11-04-2008 10:42 PM

OK it turns out I’m older than I thought. The Doc says its arthritis. Gees I’m only 33! I thought that was young.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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