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Forum topic by JeffP posted 03-19-2016 12:06 PM 1115 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2016 12:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question humor drill press

Yep, hurt myself again.

Is it just me, or are power tools just as dangerous when they are…off?

Starting to think I would only be safe in a rubber room ;)

Knocked a small box full of sheets of miscellaneous sandpaper off of the stool I had set it on to get it out of my way.

Was bending over and picking up the mess. First time, caught a glimpse of the drill press table coming at my head, and managed to swerve out of it’s nefarious path. Second time, it missed me by a mile. Third time, need to reach that one piece that slid just out of reach….bonk.

Do they actually sharpen the edge of a drill press table, or is that just accidental?

To date, I have never actually injured myself with the business end of any power tool…and yet, almost every tool I own has tasted blood. The router got me when the wrench slipped off the collet. The table saw pinched a blood blister when assembling the cast iron. You name it, if it is hard and immovable, it has leapt and collided with my forehead…or my shin….or my elbow.

Is this a common ailment, or am I the only LJ who can’t be trusted around “hard things”?

-- 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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#1 posted 03-19-2016 12:15 PM

Hey Jeff, lol, don’t be so hard on yourself, just start lining the edges of all sharp objects with protective foam. A few months back the table saw took a part of my thumb, since then I have been very attentive to what I’m doing, yet, yesterday after turning a couple things on the lathe I started to drop the 1 1/2” skew chisel. Quickly trying to recover my grip, “rut ro”, I raised the edge up and sliced my nose on the left side. After another humiliating walk of shame to the (wife) nurse’s office I’m back at the lathe with a band aid. ARGH! Some days are better than others, have fun and make some dust.

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 12:46 PM

You realize that if this gets out into the media,OSHA will order all corners and edges to be rounded and padded with foam padding?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 12:52 PM

Jeff: It is the price of doing stuff. Other than your rubber room, the only relatively safe place is the chair in front of your tv, and over time, even that will get you in ways too odd to discuss here.

Just grin and bear it.

[ouch! what was that?!?]

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#4 posted 03-19-2016 01:01 PM

Bless your heart…

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#5 posted 03-19-2016 01:03 PM

My worst accident involved the underside of my cast iron bandsaw table. It wasn’t sharp like your drill press table which means it still cut my head open, it just hurt a lot more as it had to tear the skin instead of slice it…

These things generally happen to me when the shop is too cluttered, or I’m working too fast. Generally when I make mistakes as well, lesson learned.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#6 posted 03-19-2016 01:18 PM

@dabcan, yeah, I hear you on the clutter thing. In fact, I think that leads to many/most of mine too. If I had a place for everything and everything in it’s place, I feel like it would be more difficult for the tools to jump out and attack me. Or at worst, I could carefully plan my trip across the shop to avoid their treachery.

For me, cleaning up the shop usually means pushing everything towards the back of the workbench to make room to work. ;)

-- 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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#7 posted 03-19-2016 01:22 PM

I feel for you. Some days I feel like I need to cut myself opening my garage door just to get it out of the way.
I’m sure we’re all thankful we have these accidents versus ones while power tools are running.
Having already had a table saw accident, I’ll take the little oopsies any day of the week over an accident with a running power tool.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#8 posted 03-19-2016 04:14 PM

Bless your heart…

- hotbyte

LOL somehow your (clearly genuine) sympathy for my plight has reminded me of Dana Carvey’s “church lady”. “Well isn’t that special”.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-19-2016 10:49 PM

Hope the laugh took your mind off the pain.

Bless your heart…

- hotbyte

LOL somehow your (clearly genuine) sympathy for my plight has reminded me of Dana Carvey s “church lady”. “Well isn t that special”.

- JeffP

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#10 posted 03-19-2016 11:55 PM

I try to be ultra safe with my power tools (after splitting my finger with a band saw)........ but….every time I get out my chisels seems I may as well quote the title of a movie…..”There will be blood”!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 12:21 AM

A shop is rife in dangerous implements whether on or off, unpowered or even non-powered. I try to not place any more obstacles in my way, in addition to those that are immovable, and clean up as I go along …... well as best I can.

When I was running jobs, I stood on the guys heads to get them to keep things manageable and safe because I knew the consequences. I have, however, violated those principles in my shop and luckily have not paid the price for doing so. I try not to place anything around me that won’t be in my hands to perform the current task.

I did however, just recently, almost take the tip of my finger off with the router while it wasn’t even plugged in. I should have gotten a stitch or two, but superglue, paper towel and blue tape work well too ;) I was removing a bit from the 1617. I guess I overtightened the collet. Using both wrenches to remove the bit, my finger got trapped between the housing and the wrench when it released. So that was two things I did wrong. Overtightened the collet and was lazy and didn’t pull the motor from the base.

We all must be aware and be safe in the shop. It’s easy to forget that and become careless. No rushing. No one’s life depends upon what we’re doing when we’re making sawdust and chips.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#12 posted 03-20-2016 01:19 AM

Happens to me too! While i was scrubbing the cosmoline off my 14” bandsaw table, my index finger hit a sharp burr and sliced through my glove. Didn’t notice untill i saw drops of red on the cast iron. :)

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#13 posted 03-20-2016 02:39 AM

I had an insurance adjuster tell me one time that being around and working with woodworking equipment was one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

The surgeon that fixed my hand, after a moron granite installer dropped a top on my right hand and ruined it, said he worked on a lot chain saw and chop saw accidents and the chain saw was the worst of the worst and one of the most brutal saws in the world.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#14 posted 03-20-2016 03:05 AM

I cut my hand the other day picking up a stamped steel lazy susan. The edge had a burr which it turns out was quite sharp. Haven’t had anything major, thank goodness, but lots of little things like this.

-- Barry,

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#15 posted 03-20-2016 03:12 AM

I dropped a 1” chisel on my knee recently. Shop towels electrical tape and Star Wars band aids did the trick.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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