|Forum topic by joey502||posted 04-16-2015 04:45 AM||1210 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
04-16-2015 04:45 AM
This is not a PSA but a close to home reminder of how things can go bad. I discovered first hand this morning that they go bad much quicker than you can move or think.
I had my first woodworking related trip to the ER today and would prefer if it was the last. I took a bite out of my right thigh with a pattern bit and trim router. The wound was just flesh and a little meat but did take 2 layers of stiches to patch up. Luckily it will not keep me from moving and it did not hit anything important. I was fortunate not to be hurt worse.
The router I was using was only in use because of my laziness. I quit using this router last year because the base does not have handles and when I bought it there was not a plunge base for it. I bought a DW611 last year and it has been my go to for smaller operations because of the plunge base and control. I had the 611 set up with an upcut bit that I was not finished using on another project and did not feel like setting it up again… so I picked up the one I don’t like to use.
I could not tell the ER doctor what went wrong, it is that fast. One second chips are flying and the next your skin is flying. After getting home so I could inspect the damage it is clear what happened. The small base of the router tipped ever so slightly and grabbed. The gouges in the work piece tell the whole story.
Long story short… PLease be careful being careful today in your woodshop. I was lucky and hope no one else has to be.