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Forum topic by Alonso posted 11-01-2009 07:02 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2009 07:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: accident table saw

Hello fellow’s LJ’s

Today it’s been a day that I had learn a huge lesson on the woodworking life. I was cutting some splines for a frame for my in law’s.

Everything was going smooth as planned, until….... I decide to change the C-clamps that were holding the pieces of maple on the gig for some spring clamps. I thought I was wasting too much time using the C-clamps so I just wanted to go “a little” faster… boy I was wrong…..

I made the huge mistake of not double checking were the clamp were positioned related to the height of the blade, eventually it was just a “little” too low. So I thought everything was ok and I decided to go for the cut.
Instantly I felt something on my arm that was just a little bit different that saw dust, hundreds (well may be not hundreds but a lot) of tiny razor sharp metal chips with a little bit of blood.

Immediately I turned off the saw and my first reaction was looking for the “lucky” finger, no kidding I actually counted my fingers 2 times just too make sure they were all still attached to my hand, it took me a few seconds to realized that my fingers were ok, the actual deal was on my arm.

Eventually there was some blood (not much) but some, nothing that hurts a lot but it really made me realized the constant danger that we are involved every time we step into the shop.

It took to my wife 15 to 20 minutes to remove all the “chips” out of my arm; we actually counted 73 little tiny chips.

The lesson I learned, always double check everything and when you think everything is ok, check again.




-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 07:09 AM

And NEVER forget your eye protection. Just one of those 73 could blind you forever.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 07:14 AM

2 things always worn in my shop, or you can leave…. ear protection and eye protection! Glad you were not seriously hurt.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 07:17 AM

Glad you’re ok. Papadan is right. All the protection you can get because it’s final when it happens

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

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 07:21 AM

Wow I ‘m glad there wasn’t more injuries involved

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 07:35 AM

Now that was close. Glad it was not worse.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 01:07 PM

I agree it could have been much worse and am glad you were not hurt more seriously than you actually were.

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

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 01:59 PM

Wow, thanks for the reminder, now that I needed one but is always helps to remeber just how fast somethign can go wrong. Glad you walked away with all 10.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 02:01 PM

glad your ok, i use that same spline jig all the time and hadn’t thought about that problem, thanks for sharing i had a scare with a horizontal grinder
i wear prescription saftey glasses so i don’t need a face shield. WRONG!!! pieces sneak around them and poke your eye

-- Ron, Missouri

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 08:06 PM

Scary to say the least. Glad you are OK.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 08:18 PM

In a perfect world there would be no accidents. We are not in a perfect world but I would say that this is the perfect accident. No permenant physical damage but bad enough you will never forget it.

Thanks for sharing and I am glad you are OK.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 11-02-2009 08:37 PM

thanks for sharing… sometimes everything we think about , is not everything at all.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 11-03-2009 01:10 AM

silver lining: the safety warning wasn’t more serious than this.. (this is bad enough!)
glad you are ok

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 11-06-2009 02:36 AM

That’ll be funny someday. I’m glad you’re ok. The worst part of getting hurt is folks saying how lucky you are. I had a motorcycle wreck 10 years ago, and I didn’t want to hear about my good fortune.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#14 posted 11-20-2009 05:55 AM

Just a thought, might want to trash the blade, no telling if one of the teeth will come off at a bad time now that they have been in direct metal contact, at least a time or two for each tooth. Glad no serious injuries, get well soon, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 06:15 AM

Hope everything is healiong up fine. It would be nice to have plastic clamps for times like that.

-- 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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