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Blog entry by sval229 posted 1749 days ago 805 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“You’re not ready to go back in the shop yet.” Yep, heard it from my doc., my wife, the kids (all grown), and my physical therapist. I had rotator cuff surgery on my right (dominant) shoulder in early May and I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of movement back without a lot of pain. Well I started off with a bandsaw box when my arm was still in a sling. No problems so far. I’m ready to move on to bigger and better.
My daughter was looking for a dresser so I figured, OK … I’ve got it.
Spent half a day drawing it up and laying out the cuts on a load of red oak in my shop. I’m really gonna’ be safe and rip everything to rough sizes on my band saw. Ta-Da !!! No chance of binding and kickback …. got it??
Wait a minute. I’m gonna cross cut the excess off the boards using my slide table on the table saw to make it safer and easier to handle the boards. (limited strength in my arm). I’m on a roll.
Ran them through the table saw, no sweat. Got to the last piece (ain’t it always the way???) and the offcut was only 5/4 X 8 X 6.
Rule number 5 ( I don’t remember what 1 thru 4 were but I’m sure they were more important than this) When using a crosscut sled on you table saw make sure you have a piece of equal thickness on the other side of the blade to support the offcut. As the piece dropped off it laid against the side of the blade and for some reason I decided to pick it up and get it away. (probably violating rules 6 thru 11).
I’m not really sure just what happened next. I may have lost my grip and dropped the piece or maybe I just strayed too close to the blade and caught a piece of it but what I DO remember is laying on the floor for 20 minutes looking at my cell phone next to me thinking “Maybe I’ll dial 911 as soon as I can move”. The offcut piece hit my right forearm and left an 1-1/2 in. gash as it travelled to it’s final destination, the right side of my chest. Luckily it caught me pretty flat so the bleeding was minimal but the bruising is spectacular. I’ve been nailed before but this felt like someone stood me up and smashed my chest with a baseball bat. No 911. No broken ribs (no x-ray either) or punctured lung but I’m a believer now.
NOPE. I’M NOT READY FOR THE SHOP YET. Now I have to listen to the choruses of “I told you so!!!”.
(Maybe next year …month ….week!! )



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gjd

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#1 posted 1749 days ago

Isn’t it amazing that no matter how many of these stories we read we all do something just this once or we forget that we are not indestructible. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe now I’ll remember to be safe this weekend.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1749 days ago

At least the shoulder didn’t have to be started over!! That is the luckiest break next to no major surgery needed;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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spanky46

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#3 posted 1748 days ago

Thank you! Glad your OK! I think we should all share our mistakes even with pictures! There are a lot of young people learning behind us! I’m still learning and the day I don’t will be my last day on earth!
Thanks for sharing!

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

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uutank

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#4 posted 996 days ago

My father gave me my first saw ( contractor grade table saw)as a gift many years ago and the first thing he said to me as I pulled it from the box. “BOY better men than you have lost their fingers to one of these saws so you keep you figures away from the blade” ..that has been nearly 10 years ago and I hear my dad’s voice every time I turn a tool on.. best advise I’ve ever been given. I’m glad your ok … a good checking over by the dr’s might have been a prudent thing ..just to be sure
regards,
Ray

-- Ray,VA

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Bertha

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#5 posted 996 days ago

Regarding the shoulder, I’ve had three now. I was being as careful as I possibly could when I reflexively tried to catch something falling off the kitchen table with my “good” arm. Just the shock and tensing of my body damaged the repair. With shoulders, it’s best to give them a Looooooong rehab. Glad it wasn’t worse!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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