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Forum topic by PG_Zac posted 10-30-2009 12:09 AM 1301 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2009 12:09 AM

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My “new” workshop is an ex fish-farm barn, and has no cabinets, counters, shelves, or any other type of workshop furniture, so there is a long road ahead to get it decently workable. I have been taking pictures of the journey with my cellphone camera as it is the best digital camera in the house.


Last night I was milling lumber for the planned lumber racks, and took a picture of a pile of rough-cut lumber next to a pile of half milled stock as part of the record when it happened. You see, I was in the middle of the milling job so I just left the planer running behind me while I photographed the piles in front of me. When i went to put the phone back in its holster, I fumbled.

I desperately tried to catch it and stop it hitting the raw concrete floor, but instead I launched it into the air over my shoulder. I turned to try catch it again but I was too slow. Somehow I managed to aim the phone at the small exposed area of spinning blade. The danger are was only about 8cm X 4cm, but the aim was dead on. The phone landed on the blade as if it was guided there. The pieces flew in a graceful arc and landed in the hay at the feed room door about 4 metres away.

There are still some shavings of phone housing missing, but we found the last critical part this morning. I assembled the pieces, and switched on the phone expecting the worst. Against all odds, the phone still works,and I’ll be able to download some pics of the rack build for later posting.

I wonder if my insurance will believe me when I tell them that my Planer ate my cellphone?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 12:20 AM

Wow That’s incredible it still works. As far as trying to catch it,it sounds like something I might have done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 12:27 AM

I had a planer eat my homework once. I doubt your insurance will believe you, my teacher didn’t believe me.

So how are you going to take a picture of the phone? You know that we all want to see the carnage.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 12:36 AM

Quite the story, this seems like a good one to tell to the guys while sharing a few drinks, you had two one in a million shots there, the shot in the planer and the phone actually working after that. Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 12:38 AM

Don’t you hate it when that happens? At least your hand wasn’t dragged in as you tried to catch the ‘phone.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 12:40 AM

I’d liketo say great carch, but, alas no good.

I hopoe that you had insurance on the phone or at least you can go for an upgrade.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-30-2009 02:39 AM

that is why I don’t bring a phone into the shop. besides the startle factor

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 02:48 AM

I am sorry to hear that, a planer will eat anything.

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 03:14 AM

Better your phone than flesh and bone.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 03:15 AM

Tough luck on the phone.

I’ve been taught to just let the stuff fall. Don’t try to catch things, don’t lunge for them, etc. Just let it hit the ground. No thinking involved, like “can I catch that chisel by the handle?” or “whoops, I’ve lost my balance and fallen face first into a spinning blade!”.

You can replace a cell phone, re-sharpen a chisel or deal with a dinged up tool. Causing a serious injury to yourself because you tried to catch something just isn’t worth it.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 03:33 AM

Mine got caught under a 27 horse zero turn mower. Couldn’t find diddley

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 03:33 AM

Sounds like something that I would try. Been there, done that, no more….......LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 04:34 AM

That would have been a good video for Americas Funniest Home Videos. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 10-30-2009 04:44 AM

I think you could be on a commercial for the company who makes or sells that phone! Sounds like $$$ to me!

Q: What did the buzzing planer say to the cell phone?

A: Buuuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-urp-burp!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 10-30-2009 04:48 AM

Naturally. You couldn’t have hit that little 4×8cm area in a million years if you were trying to, but…

-- "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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#15 posted 11-01-2009 03:41 AM

Just read 15 replies and still laughing. You’ve got to post us some pictures of your phone and a video of the clerk when you take your phone back and try to explain what happened to it. LOL

-- John @

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