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Hello everyone, I'm into woodworking for about 5 years now.
I became a woodworking hobbyist after I build our house.
You than have to make a stair, gate, doors,...., with a limited amount of tools.
I than bought the right tool for the right project and before I knew it, I was a woodworking hobbyist.

-- Asinus ad lapidem non bis offendit eundem. Don't make the same mistake twice.

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3 posts in 1977 days

#1 posted 08-26-2014 10:47 AM

At first I want to say that this accident is totally my own fault.

My “push stick accident”.

Cutting a 2×4 in thin strips I made a fatal error doing this.
I was using a plastic push stick (I get this with my table saw) and was guiding the wood with my thumb.
As the pieces getting smaller at the end of a cut, I was feeling uncomfortable using this stick and for a split second my attention was more at the push stick then at the blade.
I’m still not very sure how , but I touched the blade with my thumb.
There I was , wearing safety goggles and hearing protection and a thumb that’s not looking very pretty.
It needed surgery and I ended up with a thumb thats 0.5 cm shorter.

Now, 2 weeks later, they removed the stitches and it seems to heal very well.
I’m still shivering when I see my table saw so it will take a while using this again.

I now know I had probably had to use a feather board and a better push stick but my point is that if you have to do things in your shop that’s not feeling comfortable,

I’m always focusing on working safely but it still can happen.
Please use push sticks, feather board’s , safety gears, ...!!

Please work safe!!!!!

Thanks for reading, Tom.

-- Asinus ad lapidem non bis offendit eundem. Don't make the same mistake twice.

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