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woodbutcherbynight

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01-29-2017 03:27 AM

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My neighbor called me this afternoon and asked could I drop by his friends house to figure out what was wrong with his new Tablesaw. Sure, no problem probably just a adjustment I think. I arrived and the guy is ready to drag this nice new JET contractors saw with a chain down the street. Cant be sure but I thought I saw smoke coming from his ears. We get to talking and he explains it kicks back wood right back into his gut every time he goes to cut a board. Figuring he was shoving it through to hard I asked him to show me. Imagine my surprise when he gets on the wrong side of the saw and grabs a board to start. Yup, had no idea what he was doing, at all. Very scary and I am surprised he did not kill himself. Upon further checking he also has the blade in backwards.

Took about 30 minutes to get the saw set-up and a short polite, even for me, class on the basics of using a tablesaw. Now I understand directions can be confusing, but knowing how to operate a piece of equipment or getting someone to show you if you do not know seems like a good idea. He is 28, and it is his first house, fixing it up etc etc he tells me. I stayed about an hour and walked him through how to set the fence and use the miter gauge. Had him run the saw a few times, even made him write some of this down. Satisfied I had given him enough to get started I left, in need of a drink as he is one of these hyper get it done 2 days ago people.

Got a call from his wife about an hour after I got home. While ripping a 2×6 in half he forgot where the blade was when he came to the end of his cut and just shoved it through. She watched it happen and screamed at him but to no avail. Cut off his right hand thumb and when he let go the board flipped up and whacked him in the skull, blood everywhere she explained.

How I managed to not laugh and actually sound sincere as she told me is a miracle. When she told me she was taking away his new saw I broke down, I am sorry a man can only hold that in for so long. I hung up with her and my shook my head at my wife and uttered one word, unbelievable.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.


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EugdOT

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 03:57 AM

WOW All I can say is WOW, , amazing story for all the wrong reasons.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 04:42 AM

Insanity squared!!! LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 04:54 AM

As a friend always says, you can’t fix stupid .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 05:04 AM

That guy should not be ALLOWED to even own a screwdriver!

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 12:18 PM

This is so sad that someone cut their thumb off. That is a terrible thing and not certain that I would be laughing. Stupid..yes. Funny…No.

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 12:40 PM

I was very fortunate in that I was brought up in a household where I was taught how to use my hands and in school we had several levels of wood shop & metal shop. These basic skills are no longer taught outside of trade or technical schools despite the obscene property taxes far too many people are having to pay. I have to educate my children entirely on my own how to make things and do so safely, where does that leave those who’s parents lack such knowledge to be able to pass down? Technology is great in that fewer people need to have such broad knowledge but more important might be to have a grasp on what you don’t understand! My greatest fear is this country will be full of baristas and phone app writers in 20 years and very, very few people will actually know how to do anything for themselves.

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#7 posted 01-29-2017 02:36 PM


We get to talking and he explains it kicks back wood right back into his gut every time he goes to cut a board. Figuring he was shoving it through to hard I asked him to show me. Imagine my surprise when he gets on the wrong side of the saw and grabs a board to start. Yup, had no idea what he was doing, at all. Very scary and I am surprised he did not kill himself. Upon further checking he also has the blade in backwards.
- woodbutcherbynight

Blade in backwards or otherwise….how was he getting kickbacks in the gut if he was standing on the wrong side of the table saw?

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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jbay

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#8 posted 01-29-2017 03:14 PM

”How I managed to not laugh and actually sound sincere as she told me is a miracle”
- woodbutcherbynight

I don’t share the same sense of humor I guess.
I don’t find it funny when anybody cuts off a digit.
Myself, I would feel guilty that I didn’t teach him how to use a push stick.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 01-29-2017 03:22 PM


Blade in backwards or otherwise….how was he getting kickbacks in the gut if he was standing on the wrong side of the table saw?

- Tony_S

Good question to which I have no answer. I stopped him before he actually tried to cut a board.


This is so sad that someone cut their thumb off. That is a terrible thing and not certain that I would be laughing. Stupid..yes. Funny…No.

- Redoak49

I agree, my held in laughter was from listening to her go off how he was a idiot and who was going to clean up the mess, topped off by taking away his saw.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 01-29-2017 03:38 PM



”How I managed to not laugh and actually sound sincere as she told me is a miracle”
- woodbutcherbynight

I don t share the same sense of humor I guess.
I don t find it funny when anybody cuts off a digit.
Myself, I would feel guilty that I didn t teach him how to use a push stick.

- jbay

In his own writing I had him underline keep hands away from sawblade, use supplied pushstick. I am sure you have met such impulsive, hyper people in life, all the warnings in the world and they will still ignore you because they are in a hurry.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jmos

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#11 posted 01-29-2017 03:56 PM

I hear you, sometimes you can’t protect people from themselves.

I remember one summer when I was pumping gas a guy, with his family, who were all dressed for a day at the beach, pulled in with an overheating car. He wanted me to pop the radiator cap and fill it up. I told him park it and let it cool off. Two minutes later he was bugging me again. I told him if you pop the cap it’s likely to gush coolant all over you and it’s not safe. Two minutes after that I hear a scream. You can guess what the genius did, in his little beach jacket, unzipped to the waist. I still remember the stream of green liquid spraying him in the chest.

Then he wanted to know what we had for burns. I pointed him to a hospital.

-- John

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corelz125

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#12 posted 01-29-2017 06:12 PM

One upside of this people like that keep contractors in business. That guy has no business owning any tool. woodbutcher i think you did everything you could to show him the correct way. what else were you supposed to do stand by and supervise everything he did.

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Kelly

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#13 posted 01-29-2017 07:43 PM

As I was telling someone, yesterday, “[s]ometimes, ignorance is really just stupid and cannot be fixed.”


As a friend always says, you can t fix stupid .

- a1Jim


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jbay

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#14 posted 01-29-2017 07:47 PM

There is a difference between stupid and uneducated.
When I 1st started I had a radial arm saw.
I fed it from the wrong end and boards would fly.
I’m not stupid, I was just never taught how to use it, hence (uneducated).
Some things take a bit to catch onto.

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Tony_S

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#15 posted 01-29-2017 08:28 PM



When I 1st started I had a radial arm saw.
I fed it from the wrong end and boards would fly.
- jbay

Back in ‘the day’......we might have done this on purpose with cutoffs…..there might have been beer involved…..

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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