|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 12-13-2013 05:14 PM||1386 views||0 times favorited||33 replies|
12-13-2013 05:14 PM
A lot of times we’ve been faced with a piece of wood that has to have something done to it out of the ordinary, something we don’t have the right tool for, or jig, or imagination. Sometimes we just don’t think about what we’re doing at the moment.
Such was the case for me a couple weeks ago when I decided to use half lap on some vanity doors I was making for a customer.
I had purchased a Frued Dado set about a year back. Never used it till two weeks ago. Got it on fine, then took out my zero clearance insert that I bought at the same time. It needed to be cut out, so not really thinking about it, I grabbed a cedar 4×4 about 6” long and set it on the zero clearance insert and slowly brought the blade up.
You can probably guess the next part.
That little voice in my head caught up to what I was doing and told me to STOP just a fraction of a second too late. The blade grabbed the cedar and sent it flying into the fan across the room, destroying it and pulling my hand into the blade.
The injury went across the back of my hand and down about half of my pinkie which I thought was lost.
I was alone of course, so I wrapped the bloody mess in a wad of paper towels and went to ER.
It looked like hamburger.
The finger is broken at the tip of the joint and has a pin in it. The rest is healing up. The pin comes out Monday 3-4 days from now.
I finally don’t need the pain pills anymore or maybe just one a day. Bone pain is bad.
What happened is I was so caught up in what I had planned to do, that I didn’t pay attention to what I WAS doing.
Had this been a regular blade I’d have lost a couple fingers….but then if it were a regular blade I wouldn’t have been doing it at all.
Anyway, I’m embarrassed about it. Took me a couple weeks to even fess up to you guys.
Don’t be too hard on me.
-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.