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Forum topic by DKV posted 197 days ago 1298 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DKV

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197 days ago

Today as I was practicing using my scrollsaw I noticed that I was so focused on cutting to the line that my fingers got pretty close to the blade. I surely don’t want to be the first to post blood and gore shots of my first scrollsaw accident. Here’s the question. How serious can a scrollsaw encounter be? The blade I am using is only 1/64” thick. All I can imagine is a small cut before jerking away. Any good scrollsaw stories out there? I swear if anyone says they cut their thumb off I will delete your post.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 197 days ago

Probably more damaging to your ego than your finger. I don’t think minor cuts should even count. We should set some standard on what constitutes a real injury.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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distrbd

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#2 posted 197 days ago

DKV,are you kidding? I thought a scroll saw was one of the safest power tool ever .
According to Rick.com:
  • I call the scrollsaw a Band-Aid tool, meaning that the worst injury you will probably ever get can be taken care of with a Band-Aid. *

I want to see pictures,no pictures it didn’t happen.

-- Ken from Ontario

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TiggerWood

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#3 posted 197 days ago

Hi DKV, I’m new to this site and since I use the scroll saw more than anything else I thought I would chime in.
I use smaller blades, i.e., 5, 3, and 1 spiral. I run into the blades from time to time but have yet to break the skin. I always thought that the bigger blades may be worthy of two stitches in worse case scenarios.

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alohafromberkeley

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#4 posted 197 days ago

I’ve gotten worse cuts from MDF than scrollsaw blades…way worse!

-- "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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DKV

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#5 posted 197 days ago

This is the only picture I could find when searching for scrollsaw injuries. You are right about the bandaid, distrbd and then only to keep the blood off the wood.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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distrbd

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#6 posted 197 days ago

You probably got more hurt with this injury:

-- Ken from Ontario

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DKV

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#7 posted 197 days ago

Unless anyone has proof otherwise I hereby declare scrollsaws are not dangerous and the worst you can hurt yourself is in post 5. Case closed. Thanks to all that contributed.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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JustJoe

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#8 posted 197 days ago

Now wait a minute – no need to be so hasty. My sister’s friend’s barber heard of this guy named Pinnochio over in Italy or somewhere like that. He hurt himself really badly on the scrollsaw. See, this guy had one of those long noses and he wore glasses. Well one day he couldn’t find his glasses but thought he’d do some scrollsawing anyway so he’d just lean a bit closer and squint so he could see the design. Well the guy had one of those new smooth-cutting machines, I think it was the Dewalt DW788, and even with squinting he wasn’t really seeing straight and before he knew it he’d scrolled a design right into his nose.

EDIT: And if they didn’t have injuries, we wouldn’t have these people.

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distrbd

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#9 posted 197 days ago

DKV,after post #5 you can not even sue the Dewalt company any more,don’t you know you never declare a power tool safe.but I’m sure those scroll saw injury attorneys could come up with something.

-- Ken from Ontario

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alohafromberkeley

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#10 posted 197 days ago

Joe, is that site for real? Looks like a Saturday Night Live skit.

-- "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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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#11 posted 197 days ago

More dangerous is having scrollsaw kickback. Please stand to the side as you are cutting.

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teejk

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#12 posted 197 days ago

DVK…you are from California. I know that everything causes cancer there (funny that most of it has escaped the federal EPA and CDC). In advance of our coming global warming, I had to move a pile of cherry boards a few days ago to make room in my shop for my earth killing truck and I actually saw some blood from a rough edge or something. I was going to take a picture of it as the basis of a class-action lawsuit against the cherry tree industry but unfortunately it healed on its own. I need to be faster with the camera next time.

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William

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#13 posted 197 days ago

I got my finger caught between the blade a two piece of wood by not paying attention. The resulting cut was worse than I even thought possible on a scrollsaw. Still it was very little blood and only warranted a few choice words before getting back to work.

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Jim Finn

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#14 posted 197 days ago

I have used a scroll saw daily for six years and finally cut myself a week ago. Band-aid fixed it. The 1 1/2” thick wood I was cutting just split open and my thumb went into the saw blade.

-- In God We Trust

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DKV

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#15 posted 196 days ago

I have about four solid hours on my saw and still haven’t broken a blade. What am I doing wrong?

JustJoe, how you doin’? Didn’t you just get a saw?

distrbd, ref. post 6 that splinter hurt a lot. A lot!

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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