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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 08-31-2016 03:10 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2016 03:10 PM

But my 12” disc sander does !

Couple days ago I was working in my shop and sanding a small piece of wood on the 12” disc sander I made.

This pic is from when I made the sander 3 years ago. I was testing it out and only had a 10” sanding disc to use back then. I keep 12” discs on it now. Here’s the full build if you’re interested ...
So Anyhooo, the sander caught the piece of wood I was sanding and flung it to some far-away place in the shop. And sure as shootin’ when it did, my fingers dug into that 120 grit paper spinning at 1725RPMs ! Pretty sure I yelled something STRONGER than

To stop the bleeding (I’m on blood thinners and need to be careful) I wrapped a tissue around each fingertip and put a piece of duct tape to hold it. Couple hours later I pulled off the tape and here’s what I see…

So I’ve been washing it good and keeping Neosporin on them and today when I took off the bandaids they look better.


But I gotta tell you, Boy are they TENDER !! Even something like putting socks on is a pain in the (fingers) !

So just a reminder once again at how we gotta be careful around even the simplest of our machines..

Comments, questions welcomed as always.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#1 posted 08-31-2016 03:25 PM

OUCH! is right!
I let my guard down while using my Rigid sander center.
It was not as severe as your injury but it still hurt and it scared me.
Lesson learned.

Thank you for sharing your accident with us. We can never be reminded enough to “Be Careful”.

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 08-31-2016 03:32 PM

I’ll bet that stiiinnnnggggggs!!
Been there done that, on my edge sander, (more than once) lol

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#3 posted 08-31-2016 03:32 PM

Joe, well that will be a PITB on the tips for abit. A trick I use for small pieces is to clamp them in a Jorgeson style wooden clamp to hold them, works great on the drill press, router table disc sander, ect

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#4 posted 08-31-2016 03:35 PM

Duct tape is my go to bandage as well. When I was a teenager I was using a belt sander (in shorts) and decided the floor was a better work platform. Some how I slipped and ran the sander across my knee. So my knee looked about like your fingers. Thanks for the reminder. I was just thinking of rigging up something not so safe, think ill wait and do it proper.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#5 posted 08-31-2016 03:45 PM

yes it happens way too quick ….. and you only know just how much you use things ….. when things like this happen ….......FEEL BETTER …......wishing you a quick recovery ….....oh BTW IF WIFE KISSES IT MAKES IT FEEL BETTER …......LMAO


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#6 posted 08-31-2016 03:49 PM


Makes all my orifices pucker up. One of the worst infections I ever got was from bumping my knuckles up against an 80 grit belt on an edgesander.

One thing I noticed about sanding, whether it’s with a belt or disk…if you force it, bad things happen.

Let the sandpaper do the work.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#7 posted 08-31-2016 03:52 PM

That injury you have looks like a perfect candidate for this antiseptic called (New skin), it’ll help you heal fast but stings a bit when you put it on the first time, if you haven’t tried it alreay, I highly recommend it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 08-31-2016 04:12 PM

OW! T.M.I. nice build Joe, but I didn’t need the photos…. brings back too many memories….so many memories…ouch….damn !

Hope you are ready for some cooler weather ! I sure am (hoping the hurricane misses us and doesn’t drown us out) fingers are crossed for the next few days.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 08-31-2016 04:36 PM

I hope having no fingerprints doesn’t tempt you into a life of crime.

Yeah, those disk sanders can do some damage in a hurry.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#10 posted 08-31-2016 04:40 PM

2nd the New Skin, it will put a clear coat on them and seal it up.

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#11 posted 08-31-2016 05:02 PM

Yep. That’s a mom ma. You could of at least sanded down the finger nails so you wouldn’t have to cut them for awhile.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 08-31-2016 05:37 PM

That does look like it hurts.
The good news is if you grind down the other fingers you should be able to crack any safe with a 3-2-1 combination.
If your a safe cracker.:)


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#13 posted 08-31-2016 05:38 PM

Joe. Several years ago I ground a bit off the end of one of my fingers. Enough to go to the ER to have it looked at. The hand doctor instructed me to soak the fingertip in hydrogen peroxide several times a day. Good antiseptic power and it apparently helped gently remove dead bits of tissue. The end of the finger healed very well although it does not have as much padding as the rest. Try some simple drug store hydrogen peroxide to help your fingers heal. Not certain if there would be any issues for someone on blood thinners.

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#14 posted 08-31-2016 05:51 PM

Electrical tape is superior to duct tape for bandages Joe. The elasticity is just right so you can pull it nice and tight without cutting off circulation. Just keep that in mind next time you decided to grind some of that extra length off your fingers ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 08-31-2016 06:02 PM

Let’s see. One foot diameter times pi gives 3.14 foot circumference. Times 1725 rpm gives a linear speed at the edge of the disk of 5,416.5 feet per minute or just a hair under one mile per minute. It would appear that touching your fingertips to sandpaper traveling at 60 miles per hour is not a good idea!

Hope the fingers heal soon.

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