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Forum topic by nardir posted 10-04-2011 06:11 PM 1154 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2011 06:11 PM

Hey all! Im new here, so this is my first post. Sadly my first post is about an injury i got last night. I’m currently working on a jewelry cabinet for my wife, and last night while chiseling out for hinges i got lazy and held the piece rather than clamping it down and put the chisel right through my palm. after 6 hours at the ER they never managed to stop the bleeding and settled for trying a compression bandage for 24 hrs. If this doesnt work, lucky me, will end up in the O.R. tonight. Just thought I would throw this out as a general reminder that hand tools can be just as dangerous as power tools if not respected. Other than that I’m glad to have found this site and look forward to sharing and gaining woodworking experiences!

-- If she asks to help, give her a piece of scrap and a sanding block:)

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 06:14 PM

Ouch! An expensive way to learn that lesson. Hope they can patch you up soon.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 06:39 PM

Well, at least it sounds like your chisel was well sharpened ;^)

Heal soon.

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 06:46 PM

Well your still able to type or did you type this up with one hand?

Sorry to hear about the injury. I don’t think hand tools are as dangerous as power tools, I think they are MORE dangerous then power tools. I have slipped and cut myself with chisels many times. None real sever but never the less I have been hurt by hand tools a lot and I am injury free when it comes to power tools.

Hope you can avoid surgery.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 06:54 PM

Been there … im glad your going to make it but i bet youre next trip to the tool store gets you some new clamps. Thats one of those injuries that youll probably never do again (hopefully).

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 07:07 PM

Thanks, and yes luckily i keep all my tools razor sharp. As to typing lol, im doing the one handed point and poke.

-- If she asks to help, give her a piece of scrap and a sanding block:)

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 07:08 PM

Dang that sucks nardir, hope you make a full recovery soon and get back in the sadle.

I did the same thing, was trying to clean up a tenon by holding the piece down with one hand and chiseling with the other. The wood split and the chisel went through my finger. luckily i didn’t need stitches, although I probably should have gone to the ER to make sure. I have knicked my finger on the table saw to though, also didnt need stickes thank God.

It could have been worse check out this video a guy doing the same thing but he cut his wrist. His son saved his life by calling 911.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 10:19 PM

sorry about the injury,hoping you won’t need surgery. yup,only time i needed stitches was from using a hand saw. guess we just sometimes think we don’t need to pay as close attention with hand tools.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 10:41 PM

Sorry for the injury, and I’m glad you didn’t post pics.


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#9 posted 10-04-2011 11:53 PM

Thanks again all and funny on the pic comment landog. Seems like the bleeding has stopped so looks like i avoided surgery.

-- If she asks to help, give her a piece of scrap and a sanding block:)

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