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Clarkie

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03-09-2016 12:53 PM

It’s been a bit over 2 months now and the thumb is back in use at about 75%, thank God for that. It’s been a long way back, as I had thought it should be all healed in maybe a week at most, lol. Back to wood working and using the table saw is fine again. Thanks to you all for your support and comments.


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#1 posted 03-09-2016 12:59 PM

Glad you are on the mend.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 01:26 PM

Glad to hear that you are healing well. I think you are very fortunate for it not to have been worse.

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 02:15 PM

Glad to hear you are getting along. have a great day.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 03:01 PM

Good for you! I did a really stupid thing roughly 3 months ago and took off most of the tip of my thumb with my jointer. Yes it was totally my fault and NOT due to a poorly designed machine. The ER team did a great job of patching things up and it almost looks like normal. However it does have a limited feeling of touch yet and it is still quite sensitive. I’m hoping this all eventually goes away. Still I am very thankful for the great job the ER team did, plus I learned a very valuable lesson! I guess my old shop teacher from grade school was right after all when he told us, “It’s not a matter of if you will get hurt, it’s just a matter of when”.

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Clarkie

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 11:00 PM

Thanks for the responses. I wish the ER had done a bit better job of cleaning the wound in my case. The last three weeks of healing I was soaking and pulling fibers from the glove I had on at the time. Just about every night I would have to pull out at least two or three fibers. When all is said and done, I praise the Lord I didn’t lose the thumb and am able to continue on doing what I love. Have fun, make some dust.

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#6 posted 03-10-2016 12:02 AM

I lost about 3/4 ” off my thumb on the table saw, its still pretty sensitive and hard to use the end of it. Did it almost 3 months ago, as others a stupid mistake on my part

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#7 posted 03-10-2016 12:20 AM

Ok, somebody’s got to say it…did you order your Saw Stop yet?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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Clarkie

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#8 posted 03-10-2016 01:10 AM

Hey Jeff, no not interested in a Saw Stop, I’ll stick with old faithful Unisaw. Just have to keep in mind it was an accident and they surely do happen. On the subject of the saw stop though, never seen the guy who sold the idea ever put his hand or finger in front of the spinning blade, so I want to know how many guys cut on the table saw with a hotdog. Have fun, make some dust.

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Clarkie

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#9 posted 03-10-2016 01:13 AM

Hello Mojo, sorry to hear about your accident I can relate. Don’t be too hard on yourself, that’s why they call it an accident. What I do during the day is wrap the thumb in a small bit of that white tape for cuts, it allows me to use the sensitive area and with the tape off at night I can use it to oppose things such as opening bottles and holding cups. Guess we need to start a group for thumb wrestling, lol.

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#10 posted 03-10-2016 01:15 AM

Lol I m not hard on myself just saying. The nub is getting better, and hopefully I will become non sensitive. The shape of it is weird and makes it almost impossible to hold small stuff with it . My grip is getting better with it. I would post a pic but don’t want to freak someone out.

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Clarkie

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#11 posted 03-10-2016 01:16 AM

Just thought I’d mention that the MWTCA is having a get together on the 1th of March in Mt Dora, Florida. It will be a good time for sharing and buying of old tools and stories. For those who don’t know what MWTCA means: Midwest tool collectors Association.

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#12 posted 03-10-2016 02:12 AM



Hey Jeff, no not interested in a Saw Stop, I ll stick with old faithful Unisaw. Just have to keep in mind it was an accident and they surely do happen. On the subject of the saw stop though, never seen the guy who sold the idea ever put his hand or finger in front of the spinning blade, so I want to know how many guys cut on the table saw with a hotdog. Have fun, make some dust.

- Clarkie


Oh yes he did. I watched him put his finger on a board and push it tight into the spinning blade. The brake fired and the blade dropped, and he did not have any hint of even a scratch on his finger.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#13 posted 03-10-2016 03:30 AM


Hey Jeff, no not interested in a Saw Stop, I ll stick with old faithful Unisaw. Just have to keep in mind it was an accident and they surely do happen. On the subject of the saw stop though, never seen the guy who sold the idea ever put his hand or finger in front of the spinning blade, so I want to know how many guys cut on the table saw with a hotdog. Have fun, make some dust.

- Clarkie

Oh yes he did. I watched him put his finger on a board and push it tight into the spinning blade. The brake fired and the blade dropped, and he did not have any hint of even a scratch on his finger.

- crank49

Don’t want to turn this in to a SawStop thread, but there is also a video on Youtube where he did it. It is part of some science channel show where they do a bunch of things with high speed photography. He was nervous as hell, but he didn’t even have a scratch when it was done.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#14 posted 03-10-2016 03:40 AM



Hey Jeff, no not interested in a Saw Stop, I ll stick with old faithful Unisaw. Just have to keep in mind it was an accident and they surely do happen. On the subject of the saw stop though, never seen the guy who sold the idea ever put his hand or finger in front of the spinning blade, so I want to know how many guys cut on the table saw with a hotdog. Have fun, make some dust.

- Clarkie
If you haven’t seen him put his finger in the Sawstop you haven’t looked on youtube. I know there are at least two videos of him doing it and one of them is in ultra slow motion.


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Clarkie

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#15 posted 03-10-2016 11:56 AM

Before the subject gets worn down, I want to let you guys know I forgive you for misreading my post. I didn’t say the guy didn’t put his finger in front of the blade, but this is what I wrote: ” On the subject of the saw stop though, never seen the guy who sold the idea ever put his hand or finger in front of the spinning blade”. No where in my statement did I say that he never did. I do however think it stands to reason that somewhere down the line, all mechanical things have the tendency to fail, thinking of the unsinkable Titanic for instance. Lighten up, have fun, make some dust.

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