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#1 posted 04-15-2008 04:27 AM

I like the wheel of death, Steve. That’s about what it is. I was cutting a piece of birch plywood, standing on the right side of the saw. I made the mistake of leaving part of my project sitting on the work area/cutoff table just far enough to keep the material from passing all the way through the blade. Well, after some contemplation, I had to reach to the left side for the switch while holding the board with my right. I stretched as far as I could with my left arm to make sure I didn’t get behind the blade (no way I’m doing that) which was apparently a little further than my arm was long. I tweaked the board just a hair and the blade picked it up quicker than Richard Gere picks up women and shot it right at my left forearm. I’m blessed because 1) I actually thought about it first 2) The board hit me flat side (it was rectangular) instead of at the corner & 3) God made me a skinny man, but I have forearms that are as hard as a rock. It was a pretty shade of purple the next day, though. I’ll tell you what, there’s never been anything on the table behind my saw when I’m ripping since.

-- Jason, AL

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