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Forum topic by EPJartisan posted 04-24-2013 07:30 PM 1643 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2013 07:30 PM

I can’t say I am proud of my safety habits, but when using the table saw I do use all the safe tips and keep mind mind focused because I value my hands and body…. it is so scary when one looses focus.

I was doing a normal run of cutting some walnut boards, and suddenly a silverfish ran across the board I was cutting. Now, I have only three fears in this world… none of them make sense, but that is the nature of phobias. Being eaten by something large while swimming in the water…. and two kinds of bugs.. two harmless bugs scare the mess out of me… silverfish and earwigs. I can hold spiders, grubs, cockroaches, wasps, no fear of other real dangerous bugs… sigh… I do not know why.

So I let go of everything right in the middle of the cut…. and the board exploded and flew everywhere… things were knocked over… things broke… and yes I screamed like a little girl, but I am not damaged. My studio mate is laughing at me, he can’t believe how freaked out I was.

Now I have to start over on a whole new board because I am a baby about silverfish. But I have to clean the saw first… I can’t go near the thing yet… the bugs might smile at me or something… sad.. really sad.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 04-24-2013 07:37 PM

Fears are fears and they are real. Just a great thing you weren’t personally hurt. Stay safe but, keep going

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-24-2013 07:46 PM

Wow! Gary is right – fears are fears. We all have our own things that we can’t deal with. I am also happy that you are OK. It could have been bad. :( I bet you will be checking those boards a bit closer before cutting them! Glad you are unharmed!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-24-2013 07:52 PM

If it was a snake I would not only understand, but probably outrun you. Most bugs I can hold for.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 07:55 PM


I’m not laughing at you, I was remembering many years ago when my best friend and I were about 17.
I bought a pet tarantula not knowing my friend had a phobia about spiders.

I was on the couch when he came in and I had the spider on my head just happily crawling around.

The next thing I knew I was on the floor and my friend was beating me on the noggin with a rolled up Sunday edition of the “Oregonian” newspaper. My poor spider was mushed into my hair, but the look on my friends face was priceless!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 04-24-2013 08:07 PM

Uh, many a time I found silverfish strolling around in my bathroom… I splash them with my finger each time. After all, for their size, I’m bigger than God, my finger is an F6 tornado to them :p

Earwigs are ugly on the other side, and I was quite scared of them when a kid. But since studying physics, I know that these tiny critters wouldn’t hold enough energy to make any harm even to a bird, they’re scary but have no strength to match us.

As for spiders, well, I had a competition airgun in the shop for a while (one of my uncles lent it to my father for a while as we had a starling infestation issue in our fig tree). So I couldn’t resist: I attached a laser pointer to it and meticulously sniped the big spiders in the shop. Headshot each time.

Soda 1 bugz 0 o/

Eric, May I suggest you having a running GoPro each time you’re working in the shop? ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 04-24-2013 08:11 PM

Silverfish need a dark/damp environment I think. I’ll trade you for yellow jackets that seem to find their way into my shop and buzz around the lights when I’m working. They can certainly be one of those distractions that can lead to a disaster.

Btw, I can throw in a few pounds of those asian lady bugs if you want (they came in when we built the house and shop and in spite of our efforts to seal all openings, they just keep coming).

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#7 posted 04-24-2013 08:22 PM

I had a run in with a Brown Recluse some years back which left a divot on the outside of my left calf, so now whenever I come in close contact I definitely jump. I’m not going through that experience again!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#8 posted 04-24-2013 08:25 PM

Gopro hah, I think you’d get a million YouTube hits on a video of that. Glad you’re safe but teejk makes a good point. If you can identify what environment the two critters you have a phobia of are and can eliminate it it may save your skin. That and maybe have a leaf blower around or brush or something to clean off any wood you want to use. Hard to remember but better than having that happen again. I like the air gun method too. More fun.

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 08:29 PM

Now you just have to mentally prep your self for one more thing when you step up to that saw. Will the fear of injury overcome the fear of the bug??? Might cure you of the fear of the bug. lAnd I am not really joking. I often stop and actively think about what I might do if I get a splinter, or something unexpected happens.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 08:29 PM

funny story, thank god you’re okay. my absolute worst bug has to be anything that flies and stings. When working a landscaping gig in my previous life, I must have gotten stung at least 40 times in a summer… I would run the hedge trimmers and whacked my way through several wasp & hornets nests, ran a lawnmower over yellow jackets nest in the ground, and also had something in my shirt that I didn’t notice until I was driving down Golden Mile Highway and got stung twice in the back. I feel your pain, er, fear.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 08:35 PM

This reminds me of my youth while working on a rural road crew. The foreman and grader operator was deathly afraid of snakes (bear in mind there are virtually no poisonous snakes in this part of VT) a favorite trick of mine was to pick up a piece of tree root found in or along the road and throw it into the grader with him and yell snake. The old guy was near 70 but he sure could bail out of that grader fast, he was also the best swearer I have ever known. I must have been good help he never fired me.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 08:38 PM

Glad the wood is all you lost.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 08:48 PM

To be honest, i would probably react the same as you if any bug landed on me.

-- Joel

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 10:35 PM

The real question is are you more afraid of a bug or of losing a finger or being hit in the face with a board. If I were you, I would never touch a table saw again until you figure out what you are afraid of.

I am glad that you are not hurt but you can not count on luck all of the time.

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#15 posted 04-24-2013 11:27 PM

There’s only two kinds of good snakes.

A DEAD snake….. and a SOON-TO-BE-DEAD snake!
‘nuff said :-)

But your story does remind me of the time a bee flew into my motorcycle helmet (at about 65mph).
Talk about screaming like a girl!

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

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