People Used To Say My Hands Were Slender And Attractive

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Blog entry by griph0n posted 12-07-2009 02:49 AM 2424 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OOPS kickback (Time for a riving knife?).

I think the purpleheart was too short, and too slippery. The pushstick moved as the wood cleared the blade. As usual there was the splitsecond “uhoh that’s not good” in my head and the next thing I knew I was clutching a hand I couldn’t feel and counting fingers. I figger if I wasn’t in the right stance I’d have a broken face or chest instead of a smashed fluorescent light (Darn lights are expensive though…naah, better this way). Big bruise on my bicep too.

I think I’m gong to put some rubber on the bottom of the pushsticks and no more cutting shorts. I’m seriously considering spending the $700 and installing the riving knife on my general 650. Anyone have any experience installing it? I guess I should do it while I’ve still got the fingers to turn the nuts and bolts.

Well, gotta go put more ice on the hand, looks kinda like Mickey Mouse now. Left handed typing’s a bugger!

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 02:56 AM

OUCH! Just about the same size as the piece that bounced off my belly and went through the window on my door a couple years ago. Glad it wasn’t worse GriphOn

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 02:58 AM

u have a pretty nice shop there. i would give all the lights in my shop to keep all my fingers no doubt. well u can only say now u got lucky this time dont let there be a next time thats all. i had a near miss too last night with my scrollsaw blade poped and hit my eye real lightly but enough to feel it so i put my faceshield on real quick after that.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 03:04 AM

Sandpaper on the push stick should help with the slipping part. Sorry about the finger, the light is fixable.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 03:45 AM

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Jack Barnhill

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 04:01 AM

Sorry to hear about the close call. When taking an Intro to Woodworking class a few years ago, we were told not to rip anything shorter than 12” on the table saw. The reason being that the carbide teeth are slightly wider than the steel part of the blade. A piece shorter than 12” (especially shorter than the diameter of the blade) can wander into that “slop” area where the piece is not in sufficient contact with the carbide teeth and then it gets caught by the trailing teeth kicking it back at you. In those cases, even a riving knife wouldn’t help because it is positioned after the problem area.

You probably already knew all of this but, writing it down was a good reminder to me.

I hope your recovery is quick.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 04:21 AM

Being the Monday morning quarterback that I am, I would have rough cut it on the bandsaw and cleaned the cut edge up on my joiner. Cutting small pieces like that on the table saw is tough enough, let alone doing it with something as hard as purpleheart. I did the same thing a few years ago. The door in my shop still has a dent in it as a reminder.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 05:16 AM

At least you didn’t lose any digits! A couple of weeks ago I was walking across my school shop and heard a ting sound, as you said just enough time to say “that’s not good” and a piece of wood came whizzing by my head, thank God it didn’t hit me. It flew about 40 feet before it hit the edge bander and stopped.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 05:23 AM

YIKES!! Yeah, I’ve seen David Marks double stick small pieces to push sticks to eliminate that. Hope you get better!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 05:31 AM

Been there done that, knew better. Your lucky you still have them attached. I tried to trim up a door panel on the table saw to make it just a hair shorter, didn’t want to get the panel jig out for just a quick trim, took my time to carefully feed it, the blade caught it on the very last 1/2 inch and spun it into my stomach, ouch! Nice bruise, ruined panel and a “I knew I shouldn’t have done that” every time I felt the ache.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 05:53 AM

Sorry for your accident. I also would have used the bandsaw.

-- 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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#11 posted 12-07-2009 10:03 AM

OOOOPs!!! You were very fortunate not to be sweeping up digits along with the light!!.......I had a piece last week embed itself in the wall behind me…..fortunately I was more to the side of the table then I normally am while ripping
As Forest Gump said “stuff happens”.....(even when your being cautious)

Hope you get well soon!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 12-07-2009 05:00 PM

Good thing you survived with all your digits.

You have a very nice shop.

Was your featherboard in the position that is shown in the picture when the kickback happened? It seems awfully far from the blade.

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 05:53 PM

Wow! You got soooooo lucky! A lesson learned… Good safe luck to ya!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 07:15 PM

That little piece of wood did a lot of damage. Thanks, next time at the saw I will be thinking about you and hopefully staying a little safer. Reminders are important. Hope your hand heals quickly.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 09:58 PM


sorry that I shaut at you foks (still love you all ) but I have to let steam came aut off my head all off you have been dam lucky

it´s not for the dead people that woodwhisper and other good teacher´s have safty week´s more than once a year it is for you people

why do think they took the vidio off youtube were there was a handsurgeon who just make a reconstrocion off an accident on a tablesaw and follow the blod from the saw to the hospital were he was surgeon but not anymore becurse it was him who had the accident

just a speak from a man who has recorveret from two big accident and asistet people too many time´s with first aid

take care and bee safe and alway´s think is this safty what i´m doing if you are not sure it´s proppely not


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