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Nubsnstubs

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03-19-2017 12:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: woodturning distractions loose clothing

A couple days ago, I was turning a piece of Olive branch for no other reason to get in some turning. I was wearing a long sleeve shirt. I decided to pull the sleeve up to mu elbow to keep wood shavings from getting into the inside the sleeve. Midway through the turning, I noticed someone coming up to my shop, but continued turning. It was my wife with a handwritten note asking me if I wanted anything form the store. In order to see what was written, I turned a little from my turning stance, and the bunched sleeve got caught in the end of the turning near the chuck. Boy, did that hurt.

Since I video everything I do on the lathe, I have the evidence.

Next frame

And the last frame

These are 3 consecutive frames. My camera records at 29 frames per second.

This post is just a reminder of what can happen in less than the blink of an eye. All I got from the distraction was a nickle sized scab that will be an annoyance for about 2 weeks….. Please be vigilant at all times. Step away from your machine if there is a distraction…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com


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alittleoff

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 01:07 AM

What really bothers me is a lot of friends pull up to my shop and for no reason blow their horns. Or just driving by an see the shop open an blow the horn. I’ve come real close to a bad accident because of it.
Gerald

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Karda

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 01:14 AM

you were lucky thanks for the warning. put up a sign do not blow horn may cause and accident.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 01:19 AM

Glad it was minor. I had my jointer rip a sleeve off a long sleeve shirt once. Somehow it ripped my underwear too because they were unusable after that.

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

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TungOil

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#4 posted 03-19-2017 01:58 AM

Shop distractions, even minor ones, can be so dangerous. Glad you were not hurt.

I’ve gone to wearing a tucked in t-shirt when I’m working with power tools no matter how chilly it is (was 58 today). i keep a sweatshirt on the hook for when in doing layout work, etc.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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robscastle

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#5 posted 03-19-2017 02:26 AM

I have the same problem as I work outside in the yard it attracts passing interest.
Then one day here I am dust mask and hearing pritection on and the wifes friends strol past picnic basket in hand tripping over stuff and then they complain to me!

So I got a flip over sign for the gate.

-- Regards Rob

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Kazooman

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#6 posted 03-19-2017 02:29 AM

Good post. I am certain that everyone has had a similar experience (although perhaps not quite so near to a disaster).

My modest shop is in the basement. On more than one occasion I have been doing something like feeding a big sheet of plywood through the table saw with the dust collector also roaring, and me with safety goggles and big muff ear protection on only to catch a glimpse of my wife halfway down the stairs waving at me to tell me she is running out to the grocery store. We have had some serious discussions about waiting until the tools are off before trying to get my attention!

Fortunately for me I couldn’t hear a honking car horn or even the doorbell when I am down in the shop.

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r33tc0w

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#7 posted 03-19-2017 03:23 AM

Did a bunch of these signs for a client of mine. I think we should start a risk management thread

-- Matthew 13:53-58

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Patternguy

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#8 posted 03-19-2017 03:48 AM

I’ve spent enough time in wood shops to know just how you feel…stuff happens quickly…and it doesn’t stop to ask questions either.
Glad you are OK.

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JollyGreen67

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 12:18 AM

Yep. Was turning a winged Palo Verde bowl, phone rings behind me, finger goes into the wings, two shattered wings, one mangled finger.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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Nubsnstubs

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 02:16 AM


Yep. Was turning a winged Palo Verde bowl, phone rings behind me, finger goes into the wings, two shattered wings, one mangled finger.

- Jimbo4


Jim, since Palo Verde is rare in your area, I hope it’s not something I sent. When did that happen? Hope you’re healed. Did you salvage the poor wings?? .... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 02:30 AM

Even though I’m in the boonies and visitors are rare, the door to the shop stays closed and locked when I’m working.
My wife knows to not even knock if she hears machines running.
And, long sleeves, long hair and ANY jewelry is forbidden. I’m klutzy enough… don’t need to exacerbate that condition.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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JollyGreen67

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 03:14 PM

Jerry, it was one you sent me. Wings not salvageable – pieces everywhere – was really thin when exploded. It now has a flange where the wings would have been, otherwise ok. And finger ok also.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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fivecodys

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#13 posted 03-20-2017 04:17 PM



Did a bunch of these signs for a client of mine. I think we should start a risk management thread

- r33tc0w

I think that is a great idea!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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BobinSachse

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#14 posted 03-20-2017 07:42 PM

Once when I was turning a bowl, my wife flicked the light switch to get my attention… I apparently either had my face shield or ear protection covering the eyes in the back of my head, cause she had been trying to get my attention for a minute or so… This has happened only once :-)

-- Bob Y.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 01:37 AM



Did a bunch of these signs for a client of mine. I think we should start a risk management thread

- r33tc0w

LOVE THIS!!!! ROFLMAO

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

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