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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 02-14-2016 01:07 AM 889 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2016 01:07 AM

Hello fellow sawdust makers, thought I’d give an update on my tablesaw accident. It’s been just about two months since it happened, and I had been having trouble with infection. I now know why, when I got caught and pulled into the blade I had gloves on, white gloves. I told my wife when they first sewed me up that I could see fibers. The doctor assistant said he had cleaned it. Well, about 8 days ago I started prodding the cut and there were strands under the skin of the glove fibers. Thank God I was able to continue to pull them out and tonight the last bunch has been taken. The thumb has gone way down and looks just about normal now. Since the accident I have been back in the shop and forcing myself to use the correct measures for protection, it was a slow process as I wasn’t able to grip with the left hand. Very thankful that I still have my thumb and that healing is almost complete, just wanted to let you guys and girls know. Thanks for your support and have fun, make some dust.

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 01:16 AM

I hope you never wear gloves around machinery again! Good luck on the healing

-- Putty

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 01:17 AM


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#3 posted 02-14-2016 01:19 AM

glad the thumb is getting better.
Did you have the blade guard on your saw when the accident happened?

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 01:32 AM

I know from experience that you will eventually overcome the fear or the hesitation/inhibitions you feel right now but you should go back to your shop knowing(you’ll be more careful of course)nothing bad will happen to you,that is the only way you can get back to be the way you used to be before the accident.

Wishing you a speedy recovery both mentally and physically.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 02:05 AM

Very glad to hear your mending and getting back to your old self. It’s good news about your thumb as well. Just don’t rush things to much. Keep that positive attitude.

My best,

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 02:54 AM

Hello, the reason I was wearing the gloves is that I have arthritis in both my hands and the gloves enable me to use my hands for a few hours minus the pain. I know that after 40 some years of working with wood that you never use gloves even though these are form fitting and provide comfort for my hands, I will never again wear them in the shop around machinery of any kind. As for the question of was the blade guard in place, I have only used a blade guard maybe twice in all these years. I thank you all for the support and good wishes, God bless, have fun make some dust. One more thing, I am now getting used to using the push sticks and the gripper hold downs, feel better about hands not being that close.

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