|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 172 days ago||882 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
172 days ago
Well, it finally happened. I was in the shop cutting some red oak railes/stiles down to their final size and was using the GRRRipper and a rockler featherboard to help me cut them down. I don’t know what happened really, it happened so fast (as I’m sure all the stories are the same in this situation) but it may be attributed to the fact that i kept taking small cuts and had like 20 boards to do (an 1/8th off each side skim cuts to final dimensions after cutting them down from rough dimensions) so I was probably on something like my 70th monotonous cut after a few hours of jointing/planing as well. Needless to say I probably got bored and wasn’t as alert as I should have been so this was the result.
In any case, I’m happy to say that the GRRRipper is actually still usable but more importantly I have all my digits. I decided to take a break for the rest of the night and resume tomorrow as when I held up the board to see if it had any damage (which actually it didn’t so like I said, I’m not really sure what happened, and judging by the way the GRRRipper is damaged it makes me even more puzzled) I noticed I my hands were slightly shaky probably due to the scare. The only thing I can rationalize is that the GRRRipper made contact with the blade and I freaked out, pulled my hand back, dropped it on the blade still (on the top side which is what that knob is now gone) and it flew to the right over my rip fence.
That was pretty jarring but I think a lesson was learned today.
-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com