I Finally Did It, Cut Off The End Of A Finger

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Blog entry by jockmike2 posted 12-22-2009 03:46 PM 3552 reads 0 times favorited 96 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes I was careless and in a hurry and had been up since 2:30am and had just taken the guard off two days ago to rip some 3” stock and failed to put it back on the tablesaw.. I was pushing through a piece of Purpleheart and reached over the piece to pull it on through and it pulled my right hand into the blade. I lost the end of my right ring finger, and it took a good bite out of my middle finger. It”s about 8:30am and my wife is trying to get hold of a hand surgeon because It also fractured the bone, so I need surgery too. S0 just a warning to all, I’ve been using a tablesaw for 30 years without a scratch. All it takes is a lapse in judgement for a second and it’s got you. This happened yesterday about 1:30pm and we got home from the ER at 6pm last night. Not how me or my wife wanted to spend the Holidays. I was starting to make cutting boards for XMAS presents!!!! Damnit!!!!! Yes I am pissed and sorry and it should not have happened.

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

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 03:50 PM

Bummer! That’s too bad. I hate to think that someone got hurt doing what they love.

I hope that this won’t discourage you from your woodworking. Doesn’t sound like it will though.

Good luck on your recovery and I hope that you have a Merry Christmas anyway.

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

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 03:52 PM


-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 03:55 PM

You know that I have been worried about doing that myself. I just bought the new Saw Stop Pro and so far I like it. Hope I never have to use the safety feature!!! Best of luck to you and hope you heal fast. I know how mad I get at myself when I do something stupid…. It could have been worse, however I don’t think that is any consolation ;)

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 03:57 PM

Man, o Man, that really sucks. Sorry to here you hurt yourself. Like they allways say, crap happens. Good luck to you, and a speedy recovery. I hope you yu have a very merry Christmas.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 03:59 PM

Sorry to hear about this bad luck and there is never a good time to get hurt but on Christmas you take care and get better real soon
thank you for reminding us all to slow down and think first….safety has no quitting time

-- Cosmicturner

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 04:00 PM

That’s terrible, Mike. Especially right before the holiday.

It seems like every time I hear about one of these accidents, it involves doing multiple cuts where the brain can get lulled into inattention.

Look at the bright side… at least it wasn’t the finger you drive with. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 04:06 PM

Hi Mike;

I’m very sorry to hear about your accident. I know thats something I always worry about.

We all have a tendency to get in a hurry, or not pay as much attention to something easy, and we let our guard down.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

It seems like a bad time to say happy holidays, but I will anyway.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 04:10 PM

We’re so sorry to hear this. You sure have had some dumb luck lately.

I recently had a visit to a doctor, & just before i was going to leave, after finding out I was a

woodworker, he gave me a warning. Don’t be like a lot of old guys that come to see me after losing

a finger on the table saw. BE CAREFUL!

I think its a good thing to be reminded of.

We wish you a rapid recovery, & an enjoyable holiday time.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 04:16 PM

Mike I am so sorry to hear that I don’t now what to say I had some close ones but never had such a bad luck like that. Well after the Holiday season you’ll be back to work I know all LJs will be thinking about you.
Still I hope you have a Happy Holiday

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 04:18 PM

Mike, Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you have a speedy recovery.


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#11 posted 12-22-2009 04:21 PM

i hope you get better . nobody needs that for XMAS !

-- gagewestern

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 04:32 PM

Sorry to hear about that and good luck in your recovery.Thanks for posting.Its a good reminder for all of us.

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 04:33 PM

Bad lck or not it happens, I am missing the end of my left thumb. It happened two years ago just before my son was born. We all need to remind ourselves that all it takes is a moment of distraction and pay attention to the task at hand or don’t do it, I lost a lot more time with the doctor than if I had just slowed down a bit.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 04:34 PM

Mike Sorry to hear about your accident. My prayers are with you.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-22-2009 04:37 PM

Sorry for your pain.

I am thankful that LJ members post their accidents. It has made me more conscious of my actions in my own shop.

I hope you heal quickly.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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