Flying wood -- Not good.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 08-06-2008 05:39 AM 1973 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a small accident in the workshop today.

Flying wood – Skin peeled back on the fleshy part of lower middle finger. The Dr just taped it down. Bruising on the inner right elbow and bicep. A red mark on the mid tummy. It looks to me that the piece of wood hit me in the tummy and then passed between my body and my arm. The finger could have been the first contact point.

I was cutting a 2” strip of wood off a 2’ long plank and I pushed the wood past the blade. I am guessing that I rotated the wood 90 degrees and then was going to bring it back on the right side of the blade. There was an over the arm blade guard and dust collector and so the wood didn’t fly upward but was pushed toward the front of the saw.

I found the piece of wood, it has a saw cut on the end of the board, but it is 90 degrees from the cut I was making and the board is split with about 15” piece split off. I did see another piece of wood but didn’t pick it up yet. No tools seem to bent or dented by flying wood, but I’ll look further.

I’ve been applying ice for 8 hrs. the Dr says that because I’m on blood thinners that I didn’t have more bruising. He considers that I’m very lucky.

I know that I’m blessed to not have any greater injuries.

The second kickback in 40 years. The first was only flying wood and not hit with anything.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 05:42 AM

Glad the damage was minimal, and that all the bony parts stayed attached. Hope you heal up fast.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 05:52 AM

Glad you weren’t hurt any worse. Kickback is one of my worst fears, it hasn’t happened yet and hopefully it never will.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 06:00 AM

Hey Dad, How ya doing? That must of hurt!! In the words of someone I know… “It hurt? Well then, don’t do it again!” I’m glad you are okay. Be careful out there. I’m pretty sure Mom didn’t want bloodwood for her cabinets! I love you. Beck

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 06:02 AM

Karson, Glad to hear you’ll mend… that’s the important thing. Heres to another 40 years without an incident.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#5 posted 08-06-2008 06:10 AM

Glad to hear you are ok. Always scary when that wood starts flying around. Take it easy and rest up a bit.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 08-06-2008 06:13 AM

Good you are O.K. Karson.
Thst’s one cut where I can’t use my overhed blade guard confidently.
I use the Grripper almost exclusively for that cut as the end aways wants to move awy from the fence once it passes the blade.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 08-06-2008 06:22 AM

After putting the ducks to bed tonight I went back into the shop to see what i could find.

There were three pieces of wood not two.

The bandsaw was hit by flying wood and it busted the handle of the cover.

And here is the picture of my arm.

The main bruising is over one of the veins.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-06-2008 06:23 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Bob, I guess I need to get the gripper on the saw instead of in the box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 08-06-2008 06:25 AM

Glad to hear that you are going to be ok and that it wasn’t any more serious than it was. Take care of yourself.

That wood looks like it caught the blade pretty good. Your arm is going to be sore as well as your finger….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 08-06-2008 07:02 AM

Hi Karson;

I don’t like hearing about these types of injuries as I know they’re painful. I imagine that that monster table saw you have kicks a board out at about three hundred miles per hour.

I don’t recall, do you have a splitter or anti kickback device on the saw?

Glad to hear you weren’t hurt more seriously. That bruise looks pretty painful though.

Please take care!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 08-06-2008 11:05 AM

I am glad it was no worse than it was and that you will be OK. Sorry to hear about the accident.

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#12 posted 08-06-2008 01:20 PM

Ouch! Glad you’re alright.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 08-06-2008 01:37 PM

Glad you’re ok. I’ve had kickbacks punch a hole in a shop door and I caught one in the lower abdomen. Wasn’t long after that I had to have a hernia repair, which may or may not have been caused by that strike. You’ll be extra careful for the next couple of years. Keep the ice on!

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#14 posted 08-06-2008 02:35 PM


I hope that all heals well and quickly. Looks like the board shattered when it was hit by the blade. Very fortunate that you were not hit directly by the pinty ends which may have done much more serious damage.

I’m curious…you stated that you were bringing the board back on the right side of the blade. I assume that you were ripping this with the fence to the right of the blade. Does this mean that you were bringing the board back on the table between the blade and fence?

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#15 posted 08-06-2008 02:45 PM

Karson, glad to hear that you are OK – that’s a deep looking bruise – ouch! Thanks for sharing this with us, hopefully it will help all of us to remember to be extra careful in the shop knowing that with these powerful machines things can and will happen.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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