Distressed Pine Island/Table #1: I seriously took a flying knot to the head

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Blog entry by AmandasHusband posted 02-18-2012 01:58 AM 10375 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The mother-in-law has been nagging me to build this “table” for about a year. The problem is, she wants something different every time I talk to her about it.

She’s settled on 79”x30” at about 38” tall. She wants square legs, 3 sides enclosed, and two shelves.

Oh, and she wants it made out of knotty pine to look distressed.

So I started it last weekend. Went to Home Depot for some 2×6’s and 2×4’s. Then i glued then squared up two 2×4’s for the legs. They’re not actually square though. 3 1/4” x 2 5/8”.

Today I started on the top. Got the 2×6’s at 1 1/4” thick and ready to glue up. Once I get the top done, I’ll use it as my workbench to bang it up quite a bit.

Here’s a couple pics I took just before I came in this evening.

Now I had what I thought was something crazy happen when I was ripping one of the top pieces. They were all about 5 3/8” wide and I figured I’d make them 5 1/8”.

There just so happened to be a knot right on the cut line. I saw it but didn’t think anything about it.

I did though when I heard the blade hit it. Made this odd higher pitched sound.

Well I was looking right at it as I continued to feed the board through and that knot came free and flying straight at me. Of course it was flying at like 100 mph so I had zero time to duck. Freakin thing popped me right over my right eyebrow. Just above my sun/safety glasses.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 02:34 AM

Good thing you aren’t 1-1/2” shorter! We’d have to start calling you Captain Morgan!! Lol.

Seriously, glad you are OK. Just a subtle reminder for future knotty cuts.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 03:13 AM

glad your okay man!

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 05:27 AM

Yikes! Stay safe! Be happy it wasn’t a bigger piece

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 09:19 AM

One of the rules of woodworking, be carefull when your cutting
something that is called “Distressed”......

Glad it was only a flesh wound.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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