Wooden Finger

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Project by SawdustTX posted 04-03-2019 04:16 PM 1722 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Broke my finger and have to wear a splint for 4-6 weeks.
Quickly tired of the clunky metal splint digging into my palm and bumping the “enter” key on my keyboard all day.
So a scrap of cherry and an enjoyable hour in the shop made a big improvement.
Does a wooden finger qualify me for Pirate status? Maybe an apprentice pirate?

Design objectives:
- comfort. the edge of the metal splint digs into the skin at the base of my finger/palm.
- easy on, easy off. The metal one has a first aid wrap, which was a nuisance to unwrap, remove, then rewrap (with one hand) each time. I wanted the new one to just slide on/off for hand washing, showers, etc.
- able to slide through sleeves. The first aid wrap on the metal splint is grippy, so trying to pull my hand through sleeves created tugging on the finger. With the injury pain & swelling, not a pleasant experience.
- smaller size than the bulky metal splint
- air circulation

So far it works great. Smaller, smoother, more comfortable than the metal one. And it’s cherry so it’s nice to look at. :)

The finger hole is sized so it’s snug at the base of the finger just like a wedding ring. Very secure on the finger like a ring, but only at the base so it’s not squeezing the swollen/injured part of my finger. Comes off with a simple twisting pull. As the swelling in my finger subsides, I may have to wrap the base of my finger with a layer of first aid tape to keep it snug, but we’ll see.

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#1 posted 04-03-2019 04:41 PM

now thats woodworker medical at it’s finest.hey maybe there is a market for it.great innovation.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-03-2019 04:44 PM

Nice solution to a problem most people just put up with!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-03-2019 05:17 PM

So nice it makes me want to break my finger.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 04-03-2019 06:49 PM

I’d say it qualifies you as a “Fresh Water Pirate”! Nice job. Very innovative!

Get better soon. Imagine what you could come up with using all 10 phalanges! Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 04-03-2019 07:22 PM

Neat idea. I may need on of them next week when they put a new joint in that same finger!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-03-2019 07:24 PM

Just proves, “nessesity is the mother of invention”.
Better than metal any day.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 04-03-2019 09:09 PM

@ohwoodeye It is making me think about making a wooden ring. Feels nice on the hand.

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#8 posted 04-03-2019 09:50 PM

You are living proof that there is always a woodworking solution to most problems. I think you might have started a fashion fad here. Time to get on Instagram!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 04-03-2019 09:58 PM

Innovative. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 04-03-2019 11:17 PM

Super idea. Looks a lot more comfortable. You better patent it, there may be a demand in the medical community!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 04-03-2019 11:24 PM

Great Idea. Iʻll keep that in mind.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 04-04-2019 01:24 AM

Sorry about your finger, but great solution to the problem.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 04-04-2019 01:44 AM

Nice job with the splint. Wish I had one like yours when I broke my finger. The plastic option I had was a disaster to deal with! Hope yours heals quickly.

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#14 posted 04-04-2019 05:33 AM

Love it! With a little clever marketing you could advertise the “natural, organic, antimicrobial healing properties” of your wooden medical devices and start a new age health industry for the rich and famous.

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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#15 posted 04-04-2019 07:19 AM

OK all you budding Dr Kildare’s out there.
How about waiting until we get a profesional opinion from a qualified person from those amongst us, like Candy for one, ... before we pontificate about unsubstantiated miracle cures.

Come to think of it a piece of Ollieander may work and you could then use it to stir your tea/coffee!

Otherwise it sure beats a piece of cold steel!

-- Regards Rob

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