150 [Cutting] Boards by the end of September. #2: Day 2

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-02-2009 11:02 PM 2570 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well day two has been and gone,,
Nearly all of the first 14 are glued up and have dressed and cut the pieces for the next 4. well almost..

A small hiccup occurred as I was ripping the last board of silver ash,,, tip of left thumb touched the spinning 12” saw blade in the table saw,, lost a little off the tip and some of the thumbnail bed, I shouuld have taken the advice given by a number of jocks in their comments… take care and work safely.
LOML drove me to the Emergency Department as I was a little in shock,,I couldn’t believe it.
Luckily I work there and was taken straight in for triage and a temporary dressing applied.
The Director of the unit himself came and saw me [on a Sunday afternoon no less]... luckily,, no real damage,,, a little loss of blood,,,Off work for 10 days and as I have some time off after that ,, the thumb should be fully healed by the time I get back to the job at the Hospital,., the Thumb will be a constant reminder that the saw always wins.
I would like to thank the staff of the Emergency Department of the Caboolture Hospital for the wonderful prompt atttention I received even though they are underfunded and understaffed.
Good news is that I have the next 25 days off at home.. Bad news limited use of the left hand for a few days,
So Karson I am turning lemons into lemonade,, not the best way to get extra time in the shop lol.
Any way I will soldier on and keep to the challenge after a couple of days rest.
Mike aka Jockmike2 you are right,, will be more than 10 different styles but how many exactly I don’t know.. I have not designed them Yet.
Sorry no pics yet but will try to get some today and post in the next episode LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 11:12 PM

big whoops ! I nicked my finger once. that was enough for me ! take care DUDE

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 11:44 PM

I am glad to hear that it was only a gentle reminder that saw blades cut fingers just as easily as they do wood. I sharpened my left index finger 10 years ago while “making one last cut”. Needless to say I approach any moving blade with a great deal more caution now.

Anyway take it easy for a while. You still have plenty of time to finish the challenge.

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

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 11:46 PM

Shot myself with a nail gun once…spent 3 hours waiting to be seen…

Glad you’re not permanantley damaged!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 12:00 AM

Wow dude!! Like everyone else says . . . . glad your lesson was minor!! Good luck in your “recovery”. Look forward to seeing more of your cool board designs.

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 12:01 AM

Certainly glad to hear it wasn’t any worse. We will cut you some slack on the 150 board quota, now ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 12:03 AM

Sorry to hear! Hope its not the thumb you hitch a ride with! Maybe you don’t thumb a ride down under?
All kidding aside get well soon!!!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 12:22 AM

Glad it was a minor hiccup. ( as if any cut from a table saw is minor) Good luck and hope you have a quick recovery, but please don’t rush it. Medication and table saws don’t mix well either. All that being said, we’re looking forward to the pictures.. lol

-- John @

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 12:29 AM

I moved my finger sideways and hit the disk portion of the blade. I jerked my hand backwards and ran it across the edge of the teeth. Minor piece of nail gone and a little flesh gone. But it was numb for 3 years.

Take care and work more safely.

-- 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 08-03-2009 12:31 AM

Hey mate glad your mostly all there,ONE MORE TIME….BE VERY CARFUL We have all had close ones or worse,still have all ten so far.


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#10 posted 08-03-2009 01:30 AM

Having spent the morning doing some nastty cuts with the tablesaw I sat down at my Mr. Gates Nightmare to order some parts for my micro jig that have consumed themselves during hundreds of operations around here..
It was then I saw your finger nick story.

Please consider getting one of these rigs at your earliest convenience.

It’s not perfect but it’s head and shoulders above pushing wood through with a wobble stick.

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

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 01:34 AM

It can happen to the very best, thankfully it was a mere flesh wound. I sure LOML will take care of the patient and the toucans will touch ground during recuperation. We all play with some loaded weapons that can strike in the blink of a eye. Take care Doc. G sorry to hear this accident occured….Blkcherry

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#12 posted 08-03-2009 01:34 AM

hope its not the thumb you pick your nose with!!!!!!!
stay well and i am sure we would love the board with the beautiful red stain on it… lets hope it will be one of a kind.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 01:38 AM

Larry….what the hell were ya thinkin’? Now listen to me …start with ten , end with ten. And for goodness sakes man it’s drink twice, cut once! Oh! oh! Now I see whats going on down there. Y’all got too much cutting and not enough drinking going on. Like my grand daddy always said…...keep yer beer cold and yer women hot and don’t get them switched around!! LOL. Seriously be extra careful and take care of yourself. Look forward to seeing more boards. Bill

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 02:03 AM

Oh man Larry, I am so sorry. I sure did not want for this to happen for you to get some extra designs in. OMG! You got to be careful babe, nothing and I mean nothing is worth the loss of any member, I mean any member. Catch my drift. Dream on buddy and heal up. You got lots of time and remember this “You only have to please the man in the mirror”. You got that Buckoo.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 08-03-2009 03:29 AM

Watch those blades, they spin really fast!
I know!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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