Ah, the irony of it.

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 04-05-2010 01:58 AM 1777 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Suffered my first incidence of kickback on my crappy table saw today. The ironic part? I was making a push block.

I guess it’s probably not true kickback, just gross stupidity. I had left the piece of wood on the saw after setting the fence, then turned it on. The 2×4 came flying backwards and hit my forearm. I’ve got a nasty red mark, and have a feeling it’s going to be a glorious bruise. Could have broken my arm…

there’s a nice gouge from the saw blade across the top of the block. I’m leaving it there to remind myself of safety!!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 02:21 AM

Ah, it only takes a micro second of a lapse and, bam, there it is. I had a 2×4 bruise on my belly for a while. Thankfully for both of us, we didn’t get damaged more. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 02:25 AM

Glad your all right It sounds like things that have happen to me before.


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#3 posted 04-05-2010 03:22 AM

Ah yes. This does ring a bell for me too. Glad you are ok though.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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John Fultz

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 05:07 AM

As a professional blade sharpener I’ve encountered a number of incidents over time. Thank goodness for a bruise on your arm. I would like to make a suggestion on this blog even though its not related. I’ve seen many guys with ten digits one day and minus a few the next. Please remove your rings from your fingers before working around your table saws. It’s a lot easier to do that then trying to explain how it happened.

-- John, Northern IL.,

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 05:06 PM

Tough moment but appreciate those out there that post their lapse moments. It helps reinforce a more conscientious attitude in the shop for the rest of us. I know that these postings help put myself in a think before action mode in my own shop. Glad your wounds were not extreme and wish you a speedy recovery.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 08:09 PM

glad you are okay. Thank you for posting this incident. It can reinforce the idea of shop safety for the rest of us. Just remember, what doesn’t kill you…....can hurt really bad.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 05:32 AM

We all talk about table saws ringing our bells (;0) donjoe) but also watch out for that router table too. I’ve been bit twice with both a small and large piece that got grabbed and dragged me in…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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