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Chris

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2387 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw injury

It occurred to me that I should post a reminder that we should not be complacent in the workshop. I managed to Re-saw the end of my left ring finger this weekend. Boy that was loads of fun!

To save any weak stomachs I will NOT post a picture of it. I was rounding off some Cherry bowl blanks on my Jet 14” bandsaw and had my mind on other things when it happened; the blank suddenly lurched forward and my finger was in the blade.

In retrospect I know how it came about: Just about everyone in my family has been using the saw daily over the past few months and the blade has slowly but surely become dull. However, due to constant use I have not really noticed that I have been applying more & more pressure when cutting. While using it this weekend the cherry in question had a soft/punky spot in it and suddenly the piece lurched through the blade due to the pressure I had been applying.

Luckily I did not hit the bone just bisected my finger tip and approx. 1/4” of my nail. Please everyone do not be lulled into complacency.


The old adage is true “More people are cut by dull tools than sharp ones!”

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein


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GaryK

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#1 posted 2387 days ago

Never take your eyes off the blade!

Hope you’re feeling better and can get back to work.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Blake

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#2 posted 2387 days ago

Ouch! Glad your ok. Thanks for the reminder. I never thought of the potential for a board to lurch forward in a soft spot like that.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Chris

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#3 posted 2387 days ago

Blake… It’s the only thing I can attribute it to; that soft spot is a lot less dense.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 2387 days ago

Sorry about the injury. Good reminder.

I use a pushstick for resawing.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Pimzedd

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#5 posted 2387 days ago

Be glad you missed the bone. I’m an old shop teacher and one thing we were warned about was healing problems when a bandsaw hits the bone. Had three or four students feed their finger into a bandsaw blade, one had healing problems.

Sharp tools are the safest tools.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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TreeBones

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#6 posted 2387 days ago

Glad it was not more serious and I hope you have a speedy recovery. Its usealy a combination of events that lead to serious problems. Familiarity can turn into complacency, add a lack of focus and dull tools…

Safety First

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#7 posted 2387 days ago

Good to hear youre ok. Now you get to see how digging in youre pants pocket suddenly becomes a big deal!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Chris

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#8 posted 2387 days ago

Miles… I already knew that one. ;) When I was in the Navy my right index finger was amputated and re-attached.

Not fun what so ever! Still feels weird, kind of like when your foot falls asleep, but works fine!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2386 days ago

so.. if you feel that you are doing the work instead of letting the tool do its job.. then it’s time to stop.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Critterman

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#10 posted 2386 days ago

Yikes! I’ve got plenty of friends with missing finger parts, and it scares the heck out of me. I’ll admit it I’m a scardy cat around my tools everytime I use them, but like you said s*#! happens when you least expect it. Glad to hear it wasn’t too bad. Be careful out there.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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dalec

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#11 posted 2386 days ago

Have to say a cut although not to the bone, but 1/4” into your finger nail is pretty major in my book. Glad you came out as well as you did, given the potential for a more serious injury. Take care of your self and replace that saw blade.

Dalec

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Chris

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#12 posted 2386 days ago

Replaced it today with a brand new Timberwolf blade!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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rikkor

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#13 posted 2386 days ago

I am glad you are OK. We cannot let down our guard, because the tools don’t care.

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CaptnA

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#14 posted 2384 days ago

Whew! There but for the grace of God go I….
Could have been any one of us. Thank you for sharing the incident and posting the reality that we all need to stop, reaffirm our committment to do our work safely, and maintain our shops/tools/health.
I’ve had a few silent laughs when my wife has commented about hurting a bit after being in the shop a while. As ‘sedentary’ as it seems, working wood is work. Some physical – some mental. We can’t lapse on either.
If we’re lucky we may cut a piece of wood a little short. Best wishes for a rapid recovery from the injury.
Not sure if you went to the Doctor, I know we all have an oops and don’t every time. Everyone up to date on your tetanus shot??

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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Chris

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#15 posted 2384 days ago

CaptA… funny you should mention the Tetanus shot. That’s the main reason I went. We have been cutting all manner of woods on the bandsaw and I had not had a booster since leaving the service a little over ten years ago.

Actually it was between that and the depth of the cut; I wanted to make sure I had not hit the bone (it did not).

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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