|Forum topic by TZH||posted 39 days ago||1242 views||0 times favorited||48 replies|
39 days ago
I wasn’t going to share this on LJ’s because I was so ashamed of what I did, but my wife told me I had to. It can definitely be inserted into that “no sympathy for stupidity” category of carelessness in the shop. In other words, I got into a fight with my tablesaw and lost – badly. The irony is this didn’t need to have happened if I’d just done the safety stuff on the saw I should have done a long, long time ago.
I was trimming edges off pieces of oak in preparation for glueup making cutting boards. Got down to the last piece and wouldn’t you know, my hand slipped off the push block I was using and went into the blade. Luckily my reflexes were good enough to yank my hand out before doing damage across the palm, but my thumb wasn’t so lucky.
Where’d I go wrong? First, I shouldn’t have been wearing a dadburn glove – that’s for durn burn sure! Second, I could have been trimming with the blade guard on instead of hanging on the wall. Third, I could have designed, made, and used a much better push stick/block/apparatus than I was using.
Anyway, here’s the “no sympathy for stupidity” photos (17 stitches – 3 inside and 14 outside). Stitches are now out and am getting anxious to get back into the shop although it’ll still be awhile.
Be careful out there! You only get one chance to keep all your digits.