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Forum topic by gamygeezer posted 01-31-2014 10:39 PM 2142 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 10:39 PM

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I was ripping some 3/4 stock for plywood edging, so I had the blade guard off to allow room for the push stick. I completed the cut, turned the saw off, took off and racked my ear protectors, and reached over to pick up the waste piece.

The blade was still coasting and just nicked my right index finger.

Two and a half hours at the local Doc-in-a-Box, lost most of the nail, but no stitches. Turns out he is a woodworker, too, and had to show me the scar on his left index finger. I bought my first big saw, a 10-inch Craftsman RAS, in 1965. This is the first time I have even nicked myself on a saw blade. Now chisels…!

On the plus side, The Warden has let me off KP for the next few weeks.

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 10:45 PM


I’ve had the mis-pleasure of tangling with a table saw, many years ago. And of course the saw won. Since then I’m allot more careful with all my power tools. Would like to keep all my digits for as long as possible. You’ll heal up, and another lesson learned.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 11:37 PM

Anybody any time! Now it’s real and you’ll always remember! I never forget my accident.

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

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 11:53 PM

can’t tell you enough how lucky you were, the way it was cut.
Looks like you’ll still have feeling in your finger tip and you didn’t hit the bone….TG!

I cut mine in the same spot with a skill saw only worse. It’s been 3 months for me. The bone is half gone, the nail is 25% regrown, I still wear 2 band aids and will never get the feeling back.

big sigh for you, bud

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 04:07 PM

thank god it was not worse.all it takes is a second.thanks for the painfull reminder.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 02-01-2014 10:28 PM

Glad that you were not injured any worse. I hope that it heals without any problems so take care of it and keep it clean and all that other stuff. An infection could make it much worse.

It is amazing to see that there were two posts with similar injuries.

I think that his is a reminder to all of us who have done this for years without an accident. It does not mean that it can not happen to the experienced woodworker.

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 11:06 PM

Welcome to the knucklehead club. Did you learn nothing from TZH?

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 02:07 AM

Dang! That’s 2 of these in one week!

Hey! “Lets be careful out there”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 02:27 AM

Still gotta make the bed and do the laundry, though…..right? Glad it wasn’t any worse.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 02:57 AM

Ouch…get better soon.

I don’t want to turn this into a SawStop thread…this is completely out of curiosity…but in this case with the saw turned off but the blade still rotating, would a SawStop have made a difference? I mean would it still stop the blade with the power turned off like in this situation? Again, just curious.

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#10 posted 02-02-2014 03:38 AM

Arm, that is a very good question. A lot of folks cut themselves when reaching for wood after shutting off the power. Does SawStop still work?

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#11 posted 02-02-2014 03:39 AM

glad it wasn’t worse..heal up..

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#12 posted 02-02-2014 04:42 AM

I’ve seen enough of these that I’ve made it a rule to inspect exactly 5 teeth on the saw after it comes to a stop before even coming close to the blade. Most times with my hands behind my back to further distance my digits from potential injury. This is time consuming and sometimes seems a bit ridiculous to me, but it keeps me from becoming complacent. The saw doesn’t coast for too long, if it did I would have figured out another method. Twice I have actually noticed slightly chipped carbide on the teeth that would have otherwise almost certainly gone unnoticed until the blade was showing obvious signs of needing to be sharpened.

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#13 posted 02-02-2014 07:50 AM

Saw Stop and other “flesh sensing devises” will soon be required on everything from the table saw to your finger nail clippers. Lawsuits and lawyers will see to that. Each year there are about 30,000 table saw injuries in the U.S. alone and most of them serious.

Any business with employees, whether large or small, will be forced to buy or retrofit equipment. Liability insurance will mandate these changes along with state or federal law. Indeed it’s already happening. Manufacturers are buying the “Saw-Stop” table saw even though it’s notoriously underpowered and installing it in their shops and factories. The fact that the old saw is still operating in the shop too and still the “machine of choice”, is a choice which the workers are making on their own (at least that’s business owners’ current line of defense).

Time will tell how all this turns out but in the meantime, more work and more jobs will continue the exodus south of the border and elsewhere. The technology is here and proving itself but the cost is a job killer. The cost however of a single serious injury is almost without limits.

The whole woodworking industry is changing as more ‘hands on work’ is reassigned to CNC and robotics. Handwork and hand-skills will become a thing of the past and obsolete along with the workers themselves. There won’t be anymore blood on the factory floor but no people either.

It’s all good (and bad) just like everything else.

-- Jim Baldwin/

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#14 posted 02-02-2014 08:08 AM

I heard SAWSTOP is coming out with a handplane and chisel set with flesh sensing attire, just kiddin had to get that in before SAWSTOPPERS hop in, that looks bad Im in the club also but SAWSTOP don’t make A ROUTER, you know that ol router will get ya too!!! mine didn’t really hurt till I went to Jewish Hospital and the pulled my nail all the way out, will until the numbness from the meds left and it was downhill for a month but hell I was right back out in the shop in 2 days routing away almost done it again, glad it just nicked ya take care of it and rest a couple days, and don’t be working when your tired and in a hurry PLEASE, have a good day and make some dust

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#15 posted 02-02-2014 10:18 PM

I got a surprise the other day when ripping an 18 inch piece of 2×4 down to 3 inches. I had the guard off as I had been using the saw as an assembly table. The saw was set to just having the gullets of the blade showing above the workpiece and I had just turned it on. The 2×4 slipped from my hand and dropped onto the blade. BANG! The piece caught me in the stomach and sent the finger board across the shop. Good lesson! Even though I avoid having my fingers near the blade an accident happened. Have the guard over the blade. Since then I have added a blade guard to my sled to keep things dropped from hitting a spinning blade.

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