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12-07-2012 11:08 AM

How do you all like my new push stick? If you keep sticks away from the table saw you probably won’t use them. Everything was going fine until my daughter started crying. I had one cut to go and got in a hurry. I’m extremely lucky-just lost a small piece. I’m now a bit ashamed and wiser. Cheap lesson.



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#1 posted 12-07-2012 11:59 AM

Been there, done that. Grinder got me yesterday on my ring finger. It’s fun to dress a bleeding wound alone.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 12:22 PM

Yep. I have been accused of leaving DNA on every piece i make. I have been extremely lucky that I haven’t had anything real bad. Glad you’re OK. Best of luck to you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 12:42 PM

FWIW, I use long push sticks and try not to ever have my hand over the blade, even with the push stick. This stuff scares the heck out of me. I also chose to use a soft cedar for my push sticks since it cuts easier and grabs less if/when I contact the blade with it/them.

Hope you heal well and quickly.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 01:34 PM

Wow, your Woodworking Guardian Angel was with you … nice to see that you only had minor damage, the potential for much greater damage was great.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 01:48 PM

Jon,that hurts and I wasn’t even there. Take good care of it.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 01:55 PM

Glad you’re okay and it wasn’t any worse. A copy of the second picture prominently displayed in each of our shops would be a vivid reminder to think and be careful.

As an aside, my family got to the point they referred to such injuries as “the requisite sacrifice to the god of home improvements”. ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 01:57 PM

You might have a slightly different looking fingernail when it heals and grows out. Could take 3 months or so to completely grow out. I shaved a similar amount off one of my fingernails this summer with my miter trimmer. It uses a razor sharp guillotine blade to slice a perfect miter. Got too close trying to line up a part. 36 years ago I cut the tip of my pinky finger on the tablesaw. I guess 2 accidents in 36 years isn’t bad for a full time cabinetmaker. I am more cautious now.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 02:46 PM

Glad to see you are going to be ok.

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#9 posted 12-07-2012 02:56 PM

Hey Jon, I just used that pick as my wallpaper to remind me what can happen with just about any of these tools we use. I’m glad you only lost a little pride. Could have been sooooo much worse. Looks like everything lost will grow back. Was it a kick back or you just got too close?

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#10 posted 12-07-2012 03:18 PM


a good reminder, to you, and to everyone.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 12-07-2012 03:30 PM

Ouch! I’m glad that worked out relatively ok. I’m a mega-klutz, so I always approach power tools with extreme paranoia. I still nick and scratch myself way more than I’m comfortable with.


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#12 posted 12-07-2012 04:01 PM

Wow that’s scary I’m glad it wasn’t worse.My wife went by as I was viewing your injury and she said four words
“OOOOO, he needs a Saw Stop”

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 12-07-2012 04:08 PM

consider yourself lucky but realize it ain’t over…wait until the skin starts growing over those pieces of nail (don’t ask me how I know that). IMHO complacency is the cause of 90% or more of all workshops (in my case 100%).

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#14 posted 12-07-2012 04:08 PM

You could be the new poster boy for Band-Aid.

Glad it didn’t involve surgery, hope it mends soon.

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#15 posted 12-07-2012 08:39 PM

I’m sorry about that and am so glad it wasn’t worse. I’m 62 and am sure that my concentration is not what it used to be. Woodworking is inherently dangerous. However, one thing comes to mind. At least my woodworking keeps me off the road. Driving a vehicle is far more dangerous. Now that I’m retired my truck don’t hardly leave the house unless I need something. I reckon We should try to look on the bright side of things. I’m so glad it wasn’t worse – that sort of thing can happen to anybody and I sure hope that it heals up ok.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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