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Forum topic by Dan posted 02-21-2011 07:36 PM 2942 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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"

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 07:51 PM

On friday, I was hanging some new interior doors. While morticing out for the hinges, the door started to slip. I instinctively changed my grip on the door to where I was holding it “downrange” of the Scary Sharp chisel…

I am now sporting a VERY clean 1/2” cut fully through the skin and fat layer on the web between my thumb and fore finger. I did not penetrate into the muscle nor any nerves, etc. I washed it out with clear running water for a minute, then applied direct pressure for about ten minutes – very little blood now, so I had time to put a couple surgical strips on to close the wound. I finished hanging the door, then went back and properly cleaned the wound and placed new strips and a waterproof cover tape so that I could continue working.

You are right about that stupid feeling when youu do something like this when you know better!

Take care, hope you heal quickly.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 07:55 PM


Heal quickly.

I am NOT going to use this thread to admit that the same thing has happened to me. Maybe not as bad, but … a nice slice, while finishing off honing a blade.

And … neither is anybody else LOL !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 08:07 PM

At one time I had a fancy for using a cut-throat razor after a barber-shop shave for a special occasion proved so effective.

Once I got the hang of where the handle went, it was fine, although a bit scary at first.

It was OK as long as I used the blade ‘up-and-down’, but if I ever moved it ‘sideways’ it sliced into me very efficiently. The strange thing was that I ‘knew’ I was about to cut myself whenever I made that wrong movement, but I did it anyway ????

Nowadays I use one of those multi-blade razors, but as I have a beard, it is only for keeping sides and neck tidy.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 08:08 PM

Not to sound gross but I am going to leave all the little drops of blood that dripped on the piece of MDF that I use to hold the glass sheet. That will always be a reminder to myself to be more careful.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 08:11 PM

Ouch. Just wanted to add my been there done that. I have some nice scars to prove it.

Interesting that this happens when you lose focus. I try force myself to take more breaks and to be sure I am ready to focus when I go out to the shop. There is just too many things out there that can get me….even the small stuff.

Heal quickly….and be thankful that the lesson was not worse (I remind myself this littany when I feel so stupid for doing something I should know better not too). Safety is what we all need to practice every time we are in the shop….remember it is not “cool” to work without safety and protection….just dumb.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 08:40 PM

aaauuuch what a boomer ….heal quickly….becourse if you cuold feel the knife cutting thrugh the skin
it wasn´t sharp enoff :-(

Remember to care out there

best thoughts

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 09:14 PM

sorry to hear that Dan. you are right tho. we all have to stay focused on what we do, and how we do it. one split second, well. I hope you heal quickly. you’ve got a lot to build for me and others to look at.. :) have a good one, and, be careful (my “brain-cramp” didn’t happen in the shop, but, I put my hand into the spinning end of a weedwhacker….........dont ask why, but, luckily, I didn’t get cut or maimed) more embarrasing then ever.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 09:20 PM

Dennis- I didn’t feel the pain at first, all I felt was the pressure of the blade cutting through. It stung right after it was cut. It had to have been sharp enough to go through my fingers like a knife through hot butter.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 10:43 PM

I didn´t meen to upset you or tease you
it s just an old saying here in Denmark if the pain start while cutting then the knife ain´t sharp enoff

best thoughts

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 10:57 PM

No I know what you meant, you didn’t upset me at all. A little while after it happened I actually said to my wife “Well on the bright side I know the blades are sharp”

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 11:12 PM

LoL .. now that ain´t bad spoken using black humor is one of the best healer hear and now :-)


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#12 posted 02-21-2011 11:44 PM

OOoooof. Sorry to hear this Dan.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 12:31 AM

I cringed reading this.. and to all you guys, they make these things called stitches :P No need to bleed out on your shop floor when a quick trip to the ER or even one of those nice, cheap, intermediate care places could stitch you up.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#14 posted 02-22-2011 01:18 AM

Superstretch, a couple of years ago when I lost an encounter with a table saw (nothing severed or severely damaged – I got lucky), it cost me $3000 for the ER and $1300 for the ER doctor to clean up my thumb and place 13 stitches! This incident cost about $8 for a box of surgical strips and a roll of tape, and I have leftovers for next time. Dan got off cheaper, as he had the super glue standing by.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#15 posted 02-22-2011 01:56 AM

When I was about 10, my paternal grand father was teaching me to sharpen a skinning knife. I was running my mouth and slipped and cut a nice big gash in my left hand. He just smiled at me and said, “If you’re gonna be dumb, then you better be tough.” Believe me I’ve had to get tough. lol

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