Honey Do List #3: Toybox in Progress - Finger out of commission

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Blog entry by cpt_hammer posted 04-14-2008 02:31 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’ve been working on my daughter’s toybox for the past couple of weeks. I have the base and the bookshelf top assembled and now I’m adding trim pieces to hide the plywood edges and assembling the toybox lids.

However, this weekend, when I was attaching my Kreg pocket screw drill bit to the drill, I got my pinky between the bit and the sleeve (why was it still in the sleeve? Don’t ask). It took 4 1/2 hours in the ER at the local hospital to get 4 stitches, tetnis shot, and the best part, good drugs (antibotic and pain meds).

(I’ll insert a picture of how it was caught here later)

But anyway, after reading about other injuries lately including the loss of fingers by another member of LumberJocks. I think I’m going to start a forum discussion of past injuries to see how many have thought about shop safety.

In the meantime, my wife is looking for cute signs to give me a hard time about the whole thing. Something like “Cut wood not fingers, Sign of a good woodworker is missing some fingers, etc.”

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 03:39 PM

Hi Cpt_Hammer,

It is a wonder that we don’t have more injuries given the complacency that we sometimes approach our work with. We all do careless or even stupid things at times trying to make one more cut or getting the last piece finished. Usually nothing comes of if or at best we get an adrenaline rush from a “close call”. But occasionally injuries do happen.

I am glad that you only needed a few stitches. That is a relief.

Hope you get back in the shop soon. And I just hope you can endure your wife’s comments for a while. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 03:54 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 04:02 PM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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