|Forum topic by Josh||posted 03-17-2012 04:31 PM||995 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-17-2012 04:31 PM
Yes, I say this to everyone from the novice (me) to the craftsman/expert (you). I work in a small shop and we had our best machinist chop off his pinky a week and a half ago. Oh darn! He is the cocky type and way too daring and reckless. He was cutting some cherry pieces for frames that would be surrounding large plaques. The rabbets he was cutting probably were taking out about 75% of material. Get this; he was on his very last piece. He observed his final pass and didn’t like the cut so he ran it through one more time. All I heard was some serious kick-back then a horrible groan. I assumed it just slammed back into his hand, but the piece actually caught, broke in half, and both of his hands ran into the dado set. You hear it said that if you don’t feel comfortable using a tool or certain method that you should try a different approach, i.e. a push stick. I agree to a certain extent, but how many times do you hear of veteran woodworkers leaving behind finger bits? All too often. I had a shop teacher tell us students that the machines don’t know they aren’t supposed to cut into you as well. I have always remembered that.
My co-worker was not using a push stick. His hands were all scarred and marred even before the accident. I hope he approaches tools and life a little more cautiously now.
The moral of the story is be careful and mindful of each cut and each pass when you are in your shop/jungle no matter your level of experience and expertise. Because things can and will get wild.
-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania