|Forum topic by BennyG||posted 07-07-2014 09:25 PM||2566 views||1 time favorited||41 replies|
07-07-2014 09:25 PM
I’m posting the details of my shop accident solely for the purpose of an all to real reminder of what a split second of complacency can end up looking like. Please be kind with the shoulda’, coulda’, wouldas’ because trust me, I’ve been harder on myself than anyone else could possibly be. Really this is just me trying to save somebody else the physical, financial and emotional toll that comes with an accident like this.
A few weeks ago, I was working on a kitchen that I am finishing up for a client. I had mounted my moulder head, the old Craftsman 3 knife version, into my grizzly 12” 5hp saw and was cutting profiles for the edge of some drawer fronts and doors. I had what I thought was a safe setup, a sacrificial fence and just enough knife out to perform the task. After running ten or so drawer fronts I changed the angle by just a few degrees to cut a relief under the drawer front as the client didn’t want pulls on them.
Six hours and twenty stiches later this is what I am left with. A mangled nub that has really affected my day-to-day routine. Tying my shoes, buttoning my shirt, etc. Everyday I find something new that is a little bit tougher without the use of my thumb. Granted I will have much better use of it as it heals. I get my stiches out tomorrow and most likely will have to go back for a flap revision. I’ve always prided myself on being safe, I have gone over it a hundred times in my head and asked, “what should I have done differently”?
-- "Dear Lord, when I die, please let my wife have enough sense to sell my tools for their true value and not for what I told her I paid."