|Forum topic by eljiggo||posted 170 days ago||1026 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
170 days ago
This is my first post, and I share this because Ive found some of the most informative safety information online, is from people posting their accidents/near accidents.
I am a novice. I havent been wood working for very long. I play it safe (or atleast believe I do). I dont put my hands where they dont belong.
Today, I was making a test cut on a scrap peice of 2×4 with my sliding miter saw. I wanted to essentially rip a smal peice of wood into 2 halves. To see how my saw would react, I used a 2×4 as a test. In hindsight, this was disaster waiting to happen, but I didnt expect the actual result.
I made a small fence out of a 1×2 and placed the 2×4 against it. I decided I didnt have enough room to safely hold the board with my hand, so I secured it against the fence and held it in place with a push stick. (the more I repeat this, the more horrifed I am that my hand was almost there)
When I contacted the end grain of the 2×4 with the saw blade, it cut normally for about a half inch, and then bit too aggressively. The saw actually hopped and with a loud “bang”, split the entire 2×4 and spit both halves out the back. The blade may be sliightly bent. There is no other visibile damage to the saw.
I posess all fingers on both hands. It makes me sick that I actually considered holding the board for a moment. It would have certainly pulled my hand into the saw.
I am sure I did something extremely elementarily wrong in this. Hopefully someone will chime in and say “Yeah, everyone knows that would happen”.
Another lesson learned.