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Forum topic by UncannyValleyWoods posted 12-06-2013 10:39 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2013 10:39 PM

Just lost the tip of my left thumb on my 12 inch delta disc sander. It was painless and took milliseconds….luckily, I was only using 120 grit, so my thumb now has a nice, smooth, flat top. I wonder if this is going to help my card shuffling abilities.

Was wearing shop glasses and respirator, but no gloves.

*After advice assessment, gloves are never recommended. Just get used to the idea that you might have stubby fingers.

-- Get Schwifty !

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 10:41 PM

I always thought gloves were unsafe, since they will pull your hand into the machinery if they get snagged.

Sorry ‘bout the thumb.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 10:57 PM

That was my though too Ocelot….I guess we can just shrug our shoulders on this one.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 11:20 PM

Two years ago I, stupidly, engaged my middle and ring finger into the disc sander….80 grit. I thought I had ‘just burned’ my fingers and was shaking my fingers to cool them. When I looked back, it looked like a murder scene. I went into the house to clean/assess the damage. My wife has a studio next door to my shop and she had come in while I was in the house. When I heard her coming, I had my rather monstrous son stop her, so she could not see the carnage. She has a tendency to get ‘light headed’ at the sight of blood and raw meat.
Needless to say I have more respect for the disc sander.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 11:34 PM

DO NOT wear gloves when using a disc sander or any machinery. I have been in the tool making business for almost 40 years and it was one of the first lessons we learned. One day a friend of mine was sanding a metal block using a 20 inch disc sander, he had the block supported using both his thumbs and his index fingers. the work piece grabbed and pulled both of his thumbs int the disc – trapping them between the table and the rotating disc. It was horrible – a 3 phase sander with lots of power – he managed to pull his left thumb loose and hit the stop button. It took several seconds for the disc to quit spinning – by this time his right thumb had been ground down to and well into the bone. After months of skin grafts and physical therapy he was able to return to work part time. A lesson that was hard to learn but drove home the that if he had gloves on he probably would have NO fingers on his hands. It scares the HELL out of me when I see someone running ANY power equipment with gloves on – I relate this story and try to persuade them to THINK !!!

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#5 posted 12-07-2013 12:17 AM

Cool…no gloves. Glad to know I was doing something right.

-- Get Schwifty !

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 02:16 AM

My shop wall has blood spatters on it from my belt sander. Sanded then ends of 2 fingers flat before I could blink.
“Mama always said stupid is as stupid does.”

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 03:00 AM

anybody that has used a sander much has done something like this. The Rigid oscillating belt sander got me on the side of my left fore finger. I am a slow learner and I believe it was almost healed when I did it again. What can I say.

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#8 posted 12-07-2013 03:22 AM

Well, I tried to take that part of my thumb off a few weeks ago with a mortising chisel…I glued it back on…So the sander just finished the job the chisel started. Ain’t that the way it goes.

-- Get Schwifty !

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#9 posted 12-07-2013 03:58 AM

In machine shops they never wear gloves. A friend was wearing gloves while running a metal lathe. It caught the glove and tore his arm off at the elbow. Gruesome. I never wear gloves. Yes I have been scuffed up on the sander.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-07-2013 01:35 PM

Never a good idea to wear gloves working with machinery. In fact every industrial facilities I,know,of prohibit this practice. Just an invitation to entanglement and even worse amputation possibilities.

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#11 posted 12-09-2013 02:28 AM

I lost a few finger tips before I started using hot melt glue to hold small work pieces to a larger scrap.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#12 posted 12-09-2013 02:41 AM

Sorry to hear about your fingers. Gees, I hate to get blood on good wood. Been there, done that!

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 12-09-2013 03:25 AM

I read all this after spending the whole weekend in the garage working with gloves on, it’s -8 degrees in there right now. guess I’ll start working without gloves and just take a lot of breaks to warm my hands up inside, or start working harder, get 220v and buy a heater

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#14 posted 12-09-2013 03:28 AM

Sanders and grinders have drawn more blood from me than any other of my tools. Not serious but hurts and takes a while to heal. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#15 posted 12-10-2013 11:45 PM

The biggest scar on my hands is from my Delta 12” disc sander. A 60 grit disc cuts through flesh like a saw blade. Fortunately, I just bumped the edge of the disc and got a relatively minor cut, but it left a big scar.

-- Gerry,

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