|Forum topic by Padre||posted 03-06-2009 05:53 AM||3556 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
03-06-2009 05:53 AM
Well, it finally happened. I had my first full blown “go to the emergency room bleeding all over the place accident” tonight. All from stupidity too.
After dinner I decided to cut up a 10 foot 16/4 board of cherry into bowl sized turning blanks. I cut the wood with my circular saw into 16” lengths, then started cutting the 16” lengths on my bandsaw. I have on my 1” rake tooth blade, so I’m all set.
Put the first 16” on the bandsaw, cut in half like butter. Rounded both sides off. I then measured the true thickness and it was 5” not 4”. SOOOOOO, I said to myself, “Self, just resaw the bowl blank to 4” and you have a 1” piece for a plate to match.” Uh oh. I put the almost round blank up against my resaw fence, put it up to the blade and ZINGO, that very heavy piece of cherry bounced off my chin/cheek/mouth/nose in about 1 nanosecond. I used to box as a kid, and I never took a right as bad as this one hit.
I stood there for a second, dazed, wondering what the heck had happened. Then I felt some warm stuff on my mouth, nose and face, and I came inside. Looked in the morror. Ouch. It had put my teeth through my bottom lip on the right hand side. It cut my upper lip inside and out and caused my nose to bleed. No loose teeth though! :) I’m bleeding like a stuck pig, so I grabbed a towel, headed out the door, and went to the ER. There I met a most gorgeous Physicians Assistant who stitched me up. She found a nice cherry splinter inside the laceration and in my mustache! :) When she went to inject the lidocaine, it squirted right through my lip from the outside to the inside. Man, that stuff tastes really bad.
Patched me up, sent me on my way, and gave me a script for antibiotics. It’s throbbing, but it’s a good reminder of how stupid I was.
Needless to say I won’t be doing any resawing of a round bowl blank ever again.
Be careful folks, there IS such a thing as kickback on a bandsaw. And it happens instantly.
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