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Blog entry by Cousinwill posted 07-04-2012 06:13 PM 2257 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone!! I have been turning for several years. I have turned 250 to 300 bowls without a serious injury. Every once in a while I cut myself, bruise something and its usually my fault. This past Saturday I goofed up big time…......I was turning a mesquite bowl that was out of balance. I realize these are more challeging and slightly more dangerous to turn. I had finished shaping the outside of the bowl and was working on the inside. As I was turning it my tool slipped and my left hand went to where it should not go, in between the toolrest and the mesquite bowl. I had to go to the ER. It took 8 stiches to sew up the cut on my hand++++++++I broke my pinky finger. Now I’m out of the shop for about 6 weeks.
The reason for this post is to remind everyone how dangerous woodworking can be and we all need to remember safety first. I have been turning long enough to know to keep the toolrest as close as possible to the piece I’m working on….......Saturday I didn’t follow this rule, now I have to pay.

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 06:48 PM

Youch. Sorry to see your misfortune. Hope you heal quickly. Good luck!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 07:02 PM

that complacency thing will get you everytime…ran most of my left fingers through the TS a few years ago as I was blindly reaching for the push-stick and not paying attention to where the left hand was…I was lucky in that it mostly trimmed my finger nails.

too bad it takes an accident to make us “re-focus”. I now approach the table saw like I would approach a hissing rattle snake. figure I’ll die before I get to stupid again.

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 08:07 PM

I hope your hand heals without complications. Don’t feel bad, we are all complacent at times and avoid injury just by luck. I have had a number of close calls and then stop and ask why I did that in the first place. In my 30 years as a firefighter, most accidents were caused by complacency some not so bad and some fatal. Thank God you still have your hand and fingers. Good Luck.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 09:00 PM

Wow ! sorry for your injury . We all need to remind our self of what can happen with just a second of lost concentration .

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 01:25 AM

Ouch! That broken pinkie will be a safety reminder for a while. Broke mine roping and I know how bad they hurt.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 02:19 AM

Man, that’s a good cut. If you gotta have it, it’s actually in a pretty good place. I broke my pinkie finger many years ago and didn’t take care of it; now I’ve got a nonunion and it’s pretty arthritic. I mention this b/c I hope you can take good care of it while you’ve got the chance. 6 weeks could be worse; I’ve got a leg injury that’s going to be more like 20 weeks. Thanks for this reminder.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 03:08 AM

Bertha——Sorry to hear about your leg. Six weeks is not near as bad as 20 weeks. Thanks for the info. on your finger break. I am having diffculty taking it easy but I really don’t want any complications later on for not taking care of my injury. I will continue to remind myself of your story…

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 03:15 AM

Sorry to hear about the injury. Hope you make a quick recovery.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 06:49 AM

Since your like most of us and don’t always follow the rules, I imagine you’ll be back in the shop in less than six weeks. A few stitches can’t slow you down…................

-- mike...............

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