|Forum topic by Dan||posted 02-21-2011 07:36 PM||2545 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
02-21-2011 07:36 PM
I am a bit embarrassed and very upset with myself but its just another one of those cases where an injury happens due to someone just not paying close enough attention. I figured I would share my story just to help others keep safety in mind even when doing the most basic stuff.
So this past weekend I was sharpening my planer/jointer knifes using the scary sharp method. I had 3 blades to hone and I only used a couple grits of very fine micro film with some baby oil on the film. After I finished honing the blade on each grit I would wipe the oil off the blade with some paper towel.
Well I had just finished on my last grit with my last blade and when I went to wipe the blade off with the paper towel I made the dumbest most stupid mistake I could have made and I wiped the blade off along the sharp side with the sharp side facing me. I could feel the blade slice right through two of my fingers. As soon as I felt it I let out a yell not just because of the pain but because I realized exactly what happened and I couldn’t believe I made that mistake. Everyone knows when you whipe a blade or knife you do it with the sharp edge facing away from you. I guess with 3 blades I just lost my focus and I was not even thinking when I wiped the last one off.
My hands and fingers are no strangers to cuts but this one takes the award as being the worst. The blade cut the very tip of both my middle and ring fingers. In fact had the cut been just a little higher on my middle finger it would have sliced the very tip of my finger off above the nail. I kept pressure on it for a few min but I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding so I grabbed the super glue and poured it over the cuts. The next morning I peeled the glue off and cleaned them up well.
Just thinking about the sharp blade slicing through my fingers gives me chills. Its just such an awful feeling when it cuts that deep. I have learned my lesson though. I will never be making that mistake again. Again it just goes to show that you always have to keep that stuff in mind.
I do have pictures but was not sure if they would be to graphic or not so I just decided not to post them.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"