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11-24-2010 03:58 AM

I just watched my grandfather use a table saw to notch a piece of wood… He free handed it, then backed out of the cut, free hand…

Anyone else got crazy relatives who seem to violate every safety rule in the book….

BTW: I did hide behind the cabinet I was building, for fear of him sending the piece flying… lol…

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 04:08 AM

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 04:16 AM

Are you kidding me? Have I got any crazy relatives? Of course I do. I’ve got more crazy relatives than you can shake a stick at. They seem to come out of the woodwork every time I turn around.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 04:56 AM

The theory is … every family has somebody that’s just whack-ball crazy, and … if you can’t figure out who it is, in your family … it’s probably you ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 05:14 AM

good one Neil :-)
but I did figured it out …..its me LOL


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#5 posted 11-24-2010 05:32 AM

Yep, there are weirdos in the family…but they’re all on the wife’s side…our side is just…eccentric. ;)

newbiewoodworker, welcome to watching the older generation. Those of us who have been around the machinery long enough have a real good idea how it’s going to behave…and know how to say !!@#$% when it goes wrong.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 05:34 AM

I cut up some frozen hamburger on my RAS a long time ago. Really!

Rance (kinda crazy myself)

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 05:36 AM

Actually, no. I have an uncle who talks big, but it’s in fun, and he’s harmless. The drama level is low with my family, and that’s just the way I like it.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 05:46 AM

A week before Thanksgiving many years ago my mother decided the frozen turkey she had bought was too big for our family so my dad took the turkey down to the table saw and cut the frozen bird in half. Glad I wasnt in the room when he did that. Also good thing he didnt have a Sawstop.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 11-24-2010 06:05 AM

Hobo: It goes under tools, because my example had to do exactly with unsafe tool procedures…

I can totally see the Turkey/hamburger thing…. My quess is that the room smelled of dead bird for the remainder of the year…

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#10 posted 11-24-2010 06:09 AM

lol, nice Wayne.


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#11 posted 11-24-2010 06:11 AM

I have kids, so who can blame me for being crazy at least thats curable. But you can’t fix stupid, and that I’m not.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 11-24-2010 06:41 AM

I was at the local sawmill once with my brother this summer. We both watched in shock almost as the sawmill owners father was cutting this tiny little piece of wood free hand on the huge table saw, Im guessing that they once used for milling. Anyways we both looked at each other like, are you serious? SO yes, Older people seem to sometimes forget about the “new” Safety rules, such as my grandfather who refuses to wear a seatbelt. He goes to the extreme of buckling the belt in behind him, so that the dash light will not flash at him, haha why not just put it on?

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#13 posted 11-24-2010 07:14 PM

Agreed. My Dad doesn’t wear his seat belt, but keeps it buckled behind him to stop the chime. He also cuts rawhides for their dogs on the bandsaw, measures by eyeballing or using a stick that is laying around, and refuses to use a pneumatic nailers because a hammer is a better tool in ALL cases. The funny thing is he has never had a major shop accident and his work always come out nice.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 07:57 PM

Safety is a personal thing.
Make sure you are safe.
Don’t copy the older generation.
We evolved around machines, we were not let loose in a shop full.
As a 5yr time served Carpenter & Joiner, I was taught by men who started when there were belt driven steam powered shops.
These men had seen some very bad accidents over their careers.
They were very cautious men, who boasted about having ten fingers.
They taught us all about safety, to their standards and considered their actions as being safe, the proof being their ten fingers.
I look back and also cringe at some of their practices. I was only allowed very limited use of machinery in the early years.
Now the average person can go into a shop and buy a multitude of potential killers with no training at all.
All machines come with the “Safety Book” to protect mainly the manufacturer. A lot of folk don’t ever bother to read it.
I teach safety first, then I show where the OFF switch is. I then give the student the instruction manual to read and ask them questions.
Sound a bit heavy? It is and it is meant to be.
I treat the on button as an earned privilege not a right of passage.
People I’ve taught over the years? Many.
Accidents to students 0. Am I boasting? No

Great Post, safety can never be over emphasised.

Insanity is Hereditary.
You get it from your Kids.


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#15 posted 11-24-2010 08:21 PM

How true Jamie, Glad I only have 3 to deal with. Your also right in training safety and about the machine they want to use. When my daughter was in the shop we discussed everything about a tool before use. Before she could use a tool she had to know everything about the tool and how to set it up, besides safety. It made her shop teacher mad because she knew more than he did. I had to go to school a couple of times to explain that his ignorance was no excuse in how he treated her for her knowledge of woodworking. Fortunately he no longer teaches shop class. My philosophy is it is better to learn the hard facts first, before dealing with the hard reality of the aftermath later.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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