|Forum topic by Tony||posted 1737 days ago||944 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
1737 days ago
As my first LJ post, I offer my own workshop faux pas. Night before last, I broke what I feel is the cardinal rule of shop safety: “When you start to think it can’t happen to you, IT WILL!!” After all, the lowly disc sander is about as safe as it gets, and can’t hurt you right? RIGHT??
The scene: a 12” disc running on my Shopsmith, with 80 grit paper, face sanding end-grain rings I had cut from Sycamore and Boxelder last summer. No scrap block hot glued to the back – just holding each piece against the disc with just enough pressure to sand without burning the wood. Then the unexpected – I lost my grip on a piece when it was grabbed by the disc, the wood went flying, and the end of my right middle finger jammed into the disc for about 1/2 a second. Man that hurt!!
I yanked my hand back to see blood pouring from the raw tip of my finger, and when I flipped off the motor, I noticed a ring of human tissue where my finger had touched the disc. Again, ouch!! I got the finger cleaned and patched, but it continued to bleed for about an hour, forcing me to change the dressing a few times. Two days later, it still oozes somewhat, and throbs like mad every time I get it wet.
Aside from not being able to play guitar for a couple of weeks, my hand will be fine, but I’m looking at this as an important lesson. I’d much rather learn from a goof with a disc sander than a band saw, jointer, router, table saw or…(you get my drift). A guy that lives not far from me recently amputated one hand at the wrist with a compound miter saw! I know I’ll be much more vigilant from now on.