|Forum topic by KevinVan||posted 11-18-2009 09:27 PM||1813 views||0 times favorited||29 replies|
11-18-2009 09:27 PM
Well until last Sunday I was able to say that in the 20 + years of woodworking I have never been injured by a power tool.
I had just finished up a couple of big projects and was inspired to make some end grain cutting boards for Christmas presents.
I picked up some Maple, Walnut and Cherry and began production to make a dozen boards or so.
I still don’t know how I did it but I think my mind must have wandered after making a hundred or so of the same rip.
The result was an inch or so cut down the center of my thumb nail that ended just before the knuckle. I’m not going to gross you guys out with pictures cause I think you all have seen them before. I had surgery on Monday and the Doctor was able to save most of my thumb. I need to wear a cast for 2 weeks before seeing him again. Another surgery in 6 weeks to remove the pin and possibly more if I need skin graphs.
My 70’s era craftsman saw was not to blame although it lacks a good splitter and guard that have been misplaced since I inherited it from my father.
The bottom line is don’t spend too much time doing the same thing over and over and use your safety guards and push sticks. The saw will always win!
I’ve been saving for a new saw for some time now and will probably get the G0690. I would love to get a saw stop but it is not within my budget. Be assured that I will always use every precaution in the future.
Don’t ever think it won’t happen to you!
-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”