Right Between the Eyes

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Blog entry by TheFritz posted 12-17-2008 07:20 PM 1811 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trimming some pieces of a “Spagnuolo” cutting board… well, its more like a trivet (8” square). I was using my father’s saw, he has nicer blade than me and I needed a glue line cut on these. I had just finished pushing the piece (8” long x 1”x 1”) through when BAM! I was hit hard, right between the eyes.

I was using a push stick. I was standing off to the side. I was wearing eye protection. And the piece was too small for the guard to be on. What happened was that the glue for the last chunk on the piece, a 1” cube, failed and the cube’s corner caught the back edge of the blade and launched.

The thing is that if I was at home in my shop I always use a full face guard. I find them more comfortable and it helps keep dust out of my eyes. But outside of that, I’m going to chalk this up to one of those freak accidents. And consider myself lucky, It could have done far more damage.

The pic doesn’t show the swelling well, lets just say I’m a freaking unicorn…

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 08:11 PM

I hate when that happens.

After I had an accident on the table saw, I went out and bought (for $10) a product I had been thinking about, and should have had all along. It’s a Vermont American Push Shoe +. More than a push stick, but it extends down about 7-8”, to help prevent kickback.

I don’t/can’t use the guards that come with tablesaw’s as they are most of the time totally useless, so this push stick might be something you look in to. Even one for at your Pop’s place.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 08:14 PM

Glad to hear you are ok.I’m not seeing the picture though.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 10:24 PM

Nice horn….glad your ok, good thing you had on eye protection.
I was using a thin kerf blade on my chop saw one time , and hit a knot (not like the one on your head)
it bent the thin kerf blade and as the blade went around it ripped the safety guard clean off that
delta chop saw, destroyed it, and it was new…...scares the heck out of ya doesn’t it? yoda

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 11:37 PM

I apologize, I can’t stop staring at it. It looks like you’re hatching a little alien…. Glad you are okay, crazy accident.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 11:37 PM

I want one of these! Not only will it protect my face…I will be ready to go into battle against the grimlord Deathlok!!!!!!

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#6 posted 12-17-2008 11:58 PM

Nice one you know what I say is that “all bleeding will eventually stop”... I am glad you are OK!

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 12-18-2008 01:00 AM

I’m glad that your injury was not more serious. You could have lost an eye.

Whenever I need to cut stock within 1” of the blade I use a fence straddler that is adjustable for the thickness of the stock. Also, just before the blade, on the opposite side, I set-up a featherboard to keep the stock against the fence. Set-up takes a few minutes, but the guard with riving knife & anti kickback pawls stays on. For cuts less than 1” I use the bandsaw.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 12-18-2008 06:25 AM

You could have shot your eye out!!

I’ll bet it was as fast as a speeding bullet!!

But really UNI I’m glad it wasn’t worse. It sounds like your pride may have taken a bigger blow. Next time bring the face shield. I might start using one. :-)

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#9 posted 12-18-2008 02:25 PM

This is the reason i never got contact lenses. Having to wear glasses assures i wont get caught at a machine without at least a minimal level of eye protection. Glad you’re ok.

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

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#10 posted 12-18-2008 05:46 PM

What can I say? No hobby or job is worth an eye.


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

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#11 posted 12-18-2008 10:54 PM

Yep, sounds like a freak accident. A blade guard might have kept it in check, but who knows. Glad you are none the worse for the wear.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#12 posted 12-19-2008 03:28 AM

I read a book once that claimed there are no accidents…only actions and consequences. Dismissing the incident as a freak accident is setting your self up for another. Glad you can still see out of that eye. Take care.

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