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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 11-21-2013 06:56 PM 2317 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2013 06:56 PM

Let me start by saying that I have been woodworking for a little over 10 years. I had a minor kickback incident about 8 years ago that really opened my eyes. Ever since I have been extremely safety conscious and take all necessary precautions. As we all know everything in our shops can hurt us if you’re not paying attention. With that being said accidents still can happen. I do a lot of pattern routing since I own an over arm pin router, I love the thing. I also love making cutting boards and I get my wood from Bell Forest. I was on their site and saw that they had pizza peel kits with a template included so I bought 3 kits. Two weekends ago, the 9th and 10th I headed to the shop to make myself some pizza peels. The first was a bit difficult and I figured that I need to remove some of the excess wood so the router wouldn’t work so hard. Everything was going fine until I got to the third board. I have no idea what happened but as I was rotating the board into the cutter the wood jumped and my left index finger made contact with the bit. It happened so fast that I didn’t have time to react. My wife took me to the ER to get patched up and then a trip a few days later to the orthopedic surgeon. The news was not good. Yesterday he had to amputate the top of my finger down to the first knuckle. I guess it could have been worst but I don’t want to think about that. Needless to say I can’t wait until I’m healed enough so I can get back into the shop to figure out what exactly happened so I can avoid something like this from happening again. Be Careful Out There !!!

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 07:00 PM

So sorry to hear this. take care and recover fast.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 07:01 PM

Sorry to hear about that, Don, but thanks for the post. It is reminders like this that keep me focused on safety when I’m working in the shop. Chance are great that you have helped someone avoid an injury.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 07:06 PM

Good thing you have Ocare…

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 07:09 PM

Sorry about your finger. Hope you heal soon and get back in the saddle!

-- David

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 07:09 PM

I hope everyone takes a min. when they walk into their shop to remember to slow down and think things through before they fire up a machine. The only good thing is that I’m right handed so this shouldn’t slow me down too much.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 07:27 PM

Tomorrow is a gift for working safe today.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 07:34 PM

Thanks for the reminder to be vigilant about safety.

I made some dicey cuts on the TS this week while cutting Acrylic for the first time. I got through the session withioug any issues, but now I’m kidking myself for not stopping.

If it smells like a skunk, it likely is a skunk and ya need to step back, get some fresh air and think about what’s going on.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 07:56 PM

I had a similar left hand, index finger, router incident. It was about 20 years ago and I got away with a skin graft. It happens before you know it. All the best. Anybody, anytime.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 08:07 PM

Can’t take anything for granted around cutting tools. Sorry about your injury,Don, but it does remind us to slow down and really think things through before even turning on any machine.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 08:20 PM

thanks for the reminder.

hope you heal quickly and get back on track.

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

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 08:45 PM

Don, sorry to hear about your hand. I almost never use my tailed router any more. I’ve seen too many folks badly hurt on powered machines so I’ve migrated to hand tools mostly. Again hope the rehab process goes quickly so you can get back in the shop.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 09:01 PM

doninvegas, unfortunate accident. Reflect and get back to it.

DKV, where are your brains????

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 09:09 PM

I am sorry to hear this Don. I hope that you make a quick recovery.

Thank you for taking the time to post this reminder.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 09:40 PM

Don, hope it heals quickly as I would like to hear from you in the future on how you think it happened. Sorry it happened and thanks for sharing your story as a reminder. Seeing the post was like a slap in the head wakeup call.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 01:29 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident.

Hope your recovery is quick and smooth.

I know this is a bit late, but it still makes sense to Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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