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MrRon

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03-28-2017 09:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I just ran my thump into my band saw blade. Lots of blood, but I will survive. I was pushing a 4” thick block of wood through the band saw and pushing it with my left thumb when the blade broke through and my thumb went into the blade. So much for woodworking for today. I’m typing with my right hand. Now going out to the porch to drink a scotch and smoke a good cigar. Got to see the final episode of Bones tonight.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 09:53 PM

OUCH! Bad?
Bill

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 10:00 PM

That’s a scary thought. Maybe saw stop will develop a bandsaw brake! Hope you heal up good.

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 03-28-2017 10:22 PM

OUCH! ++ OUCH!

We have all had accidents or extremely close encounters. As long as it will heal without a medical assist you are doing well.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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corelz125

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 10:34 PM

I did the same thing when I was in shop class in middle school. Thumb took half the class to stop bleeding. Learned my lesson after that

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bigblockyeti

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 10:40 PM

That’s gonna leave a mark! Hope it’s not too bad and you heal quickly. I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping a sacrificial push stick very close by when cutting something that requires a good push. I make sure it’s long enough to be able to put my hip into while keeping my digits way clear of the blade.

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Roger

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 11:02 PM

Sorry to hear this oops. Anything can happen. Heal up quick.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 11:36 PM

Woodworking trophies! ie I got one when I had my head up my axx and….

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 11:38 PM

Sorry to hear that and I hope you can get back to your shop soon!

Sometimes things happen, just to remind you to watch what you are doing.
Consider yourself lucky as it could have been worse.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 03-29-2017 01:11 AM

Final episode of Bones… Double entendre?

The scotch will make feel better.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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MrRon

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#10 posted 03-30-2017 05:20 PM



Final episode of Bones… Double entendre?

The scotch will make feel better.

- Rick M


I’m heartened that they all survived which leaves the door open for future Bones episodes. It doesn’t appear to be 100% over.

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#11 posted 03-30-2017 06:55 PM

MrRon, did the piece of wood break or did you not move your thumb at the end of the cut? Just curious since I always push with my thumbs but never considered that the piece of wood may crack and my thumb would then hit the blade. Sorry for your bad luck.

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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wood2woodknot

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#12 posted 03-31-2017 01:43 AM



That s a scary thought. Maybe saw stop will develop a bandsaw brake! Hope you heal up good.

- BurlyBob


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The technology is already there. I saw a video on one of the other forums a couple years ago. Band saws in a meat packing house. Have no real recollection of how they worked.

-- ajh

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MrRon

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#13 posted 03-31-2017 09:04 PM



MrRon, did the piece of wood break or did you not move your thumb at the end of the cut? Just curious since I always push with my thumbs but never considered that the piece of wood may crack and my thumb would then hit the blade. Sorry for your bad luck.

- Rrrandy


I was cutting a wedge shape, starting from the thick end and sawing toward the small end. Because the wood was 5” thick, I was pushing pretty hard. As the wedge was getting thinner, all of a sudden the blade broke through the remaining wood and my thumb was next in line. It left a cut in my thumb,1/2” long by about 1/16” wide. It cut pretty deep, but not to the bone. I didn’t go to have stitches, but I think it will close up ok. It’s amazing how much a small cut on your thumb can ruin your day.

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HorizontalMike

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#14 posted 03-31-2017 09:44 PM



MrRon, did the piece of wood break or did you not move your thumb at the end of the cut? Just curious since I always push with my thumbs but never considered that the piece of wood may crack and my thumb would then hit the blade. Sorry for your bad luck.
- Rrrandy

I was cutting a wedge shape, starting from the thick end and sawing toward the small end. Because the wood was 5” thick, I was pushing pretty hard. As the wedge was getting thinner, all of a sudden the blade broke through the remaining wood and my thumb was next in line. It left a cut in my thumb,1/2” long by about 1/16” wide. It cut pretty deep, but not to the bone. I didn t go to have stitches, but I think it will close up ok. It s amazing how much a small cut on your thumb can ruin your day.
- MrRon

Now THAT was a lucky day. NO-ONE likes to report PPHHHUK-UPss, so kudos to you. Thank you for doing so. Seriously… Maybe we can all learn something from this, other than operator-fail. Case-in-point, I was TS cutting 45* cut-offs on a piece to be turned on a lathe when the”cut-off” (not the main piece), when the cutoff kicked back and slammed into my full-face dust-shield. Not-The-Plan-MFR!... I got lucky, regardless of my preparation…

All I can say is that my laundry is double-rinsed/washed. Safety is an hourly (or more) methodology to save our digits and other important parts… Be safe out there…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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SawduztJunky

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#15 posted 03-31-2017 10:06 PM

Woohoo!!! At least I’m not the only one! I found out that I am going to have to get bone graft surgery done on my thumb…. Bummer. Hope you’re injury is not as bad!

-- I don't think I'm ever more "aware" than I am right after I hit my thumb with a hammer. Questions about solid surface? Just ask. http://www.swiiitch.portfoliobox.net

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