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Forum topic by CanKuhn posted 04-26-2010 04:12 PM 8076 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2010 04:12 PM

Pictures are a bit disturbing:


-- Wood is Good!

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 04:22 PM

Ouch! I guess you shouldn’t try to use it to file your nails.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 05:22 PM

You normally don’t think of a drum sander as being one of the dangerous tools in the shop. This proves you have to be careful around every machine.

I wish the victim would explain a little about how this happened so that we can learn from that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 05:30 PM

Nobody should be that stupid and operate powered machinery.
Before we know it the Goverments are going to try to legislate who can operate equipment and perhaps even who can own same.

All because stupid people do stupid things.

Don’t get me wrong accidents happen but, by and large, most equipment injuries are caused by stupid people doing stupid things.

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

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 05:38 PM

Pretty gruesome … but a good safety reminder. Thanks for posting!

Somebody asked him how he did it … here’s the text of his response:

How did I do it?

Its a recently new machine for me. I was practicing some sanding.

The machine has two motors and a seperate switch for each. One motor drives the drum and one drives the in-feed table (its now evident to me there are some safety issues with this set-up). I had turned off the in-feed table and this may have put in my mind that everything was off. I then for some unknown reason put my right hand under the drum head, then the next thing I knew my fingers were jamb up in the machine. I quickly reailsed the drum was still going and reached over to turn it off. Then I tried to pull my fingers out and they wouldn’t budge without pain. I thought about calling out to the Missus (but she wouldn’t of heard me) to get the fire brigade but they probably would have wanted to destroy the machine, and I wasn’t going to have that. So I un-did the allen key headed screw that holds the cover shut, thank christ I only had this finger tight. I flipped the cover open to see my fingures caught between the drum and a 15mm dia roller bar that sits about 6mm off the sanding drum. After a couple of goes at getting them back out I decided that I just have to gritt my teeth and go for it… to hell with the pain… and got them out.

Before I started sanding I changed the sandpaper from 80 grit to 40 grit.

The sanding drum spins anti clockwise so it just grabbed my fingers and pulled them in an up in a flash.

As I’m walking inside I’m wriggling the fingers and everthing seems okay. Gets inside says to the missus I need bandage. She comes with a bandade, she sees it and says you need the doctor. So around to the local we go. I says to the doc just needs to be pulled together and stitched. The doc says no no it needs more than that you’re off to the Royal Perth.

My stay and treatment at the Royal Perth was absoultly fantastic.

This one fingure typing sure buggers a person out.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 06:32 PM

thank´s for the reminder

TheDane Thank´s for the explanation


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#6 posted 04-26-2010 08:03 PM

He is lucky he didn’t get pulled in more!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-26-2010 08:20 PM

Hope the graft takes and have a speedy recovery!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#8 posted 04-26-2010 08:35 PM

Wow that looks painful! hope you make a good recovery, and thank you to the lesson for us all.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 08:50 PM

I hate to pick on the guy, and I hope he heals fast and well, however…
I hope to never utter the words that I put my hand anywhere “for some unknown reason.” Especially in the shop. The #1 safety rule in my shop is to ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION to what I am doing where my body parts are. If I feel my attention drifting even a little bit, it’s time to get the hell out there for a breather.

I have this same model sander, and one of the first safety decisions I made was to make it a habit to turn off the drum first, then the feed belt; turn on feed before turning on drum to give myself one more small layer of protection. If I get stupid and turn off only one thing, it will be the drum. The drum motor is very quiet and if you have any noise in your shop, you will not hear it. I have trouble hearing it with no ambient shop noise. Even so, I can’t imagine sticking my hand in there without making sure it is turned off and unplugged.

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#10 posted 04-26-2010 09:00 PM

Never even thought about getting hurt with a sander before now!

-- Dusty, Mississippi

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#11 posted 04-26-2010 10:05 PM

Bet you didn’t think your fingers were that sticky! (Stuck to the wood and got sucked in and sanded)!
Ouch! Please be more careful, I can’t take too much gory stuff without loosing my lunch!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#12 posted 04-26-2010 10:11 PM

The tissue on your hands face arms etc is softer than wood.If you have a machine which can chew up wood don’t you think it will make an even more unsightly mess of the tissue skin e muscle etc of your body.It’s not rocket science.I undrstand that this was an accident but we all need to realise more often ME INCLUDED that we take chances with wood machines at our peril..In the meantime I hope you get better soon and remember this should be a sound lesson to all of us.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 04-27-2010 08:28 PM

That doesnt look good at all.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 04-27-2010 09:02 PM

Don’t try this at a nudist workshop.LOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 04-28-2010 04:02 AM


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