Stuck a wood chisel in my wrist

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Forum topic by Billp posted 06-29-2010 04:32 PM 2832 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2010 04:32 PM

Two months ago I severed four tendons and had surgery.i am really bummed,can’t close my fist yet. I was just holding a desk leg I was making and it has an inlay on the top.squaring up the corner the chisel broke through the corner an got my wrist. I have been on a self destruct lately. I feel like such a dumb ass. Think I will slow down an practice safe methods of working.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 04:36 PM

You are not alone Bill … I’ve done that too (actually got my hand) ... now I work smarter.

But it does go to show that you don’t need a power tool to seriously hurt yourself.

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 04:38 PM

That sounds like a pretty painful accident.
Glad to hear you are on the mend.
Working with those super sharp chisels is a delicate practice for sure.
If I told you some of the dumb ways I’ve hurt myself in the shop, you’d laugh.
Keep us up to date on how you are getting along.

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 04:53 PM

wow, sorry to hear that, but sounds like you’ve got the right idea – develop safe methods of working.

whenever I work with blades (nowadays…don’t as me why) I’ll clamp the workpiece on the bench so that I don’t have to hold it in my hand, and work on it freely. more than that – I always make sure that there are no body parts in the direction the blade is aiming just in case something slips…(again, don’t ask me how I learnt this…lol)

hope you a full and quick recovery.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 05:29 PM

Sorry to hear about the injury and sorry to hear your hand won’t close.

Unfortunately, some safety lessons have to be expereinced first hand before the “safety radar” starts really kicking in.

Like Purlev said, securing the work is key and I go one step farther than he does … he says he keeps himself out of the path of the chisel I try to envision a 180 degree plane from the chisel forward, and I don’t get in front of that plane. I understand, In the sloyd method of teaching young kids woodworking, they aren’t allowed touch the wood at the same time a tool is touching it. When they saw the piece is clamped and the free hand is behind their back. When they chisel, one hand is on the chisel, the other is either also on the chisel, on the mallet, or behind their back. I wish I was taught that way as it would have avoided a few scars on me that have taught me similar lessons the hard way. I’ve been trying to adopt that method moree and more so that my son sees it and learns it naturally.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 05:35 PM

I’m so sorry that you have been injured. We all have to be careful with all of our tools it only takes a second to have a long term injury. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 07:26 PM

I guess they have you doing exercises with your fist to get your grip back…?? Hope you get full recovery. Lessons like that last a long time. I’m still tender in the thumb….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 08:28 PM

Sorry to hear this Bill. It happens to the best of us. Hope you heal up quick.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 08:31 PM

Good luck healing up – thanks for sharing, most of us newbies get so many safety warnings about the power tools it’s good to be reminded that ANY tool can be a hazard.

-- -- Mike

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 09:48 PM

Sorry to hear of your injury.

We all hear about the importance of safety when using power tools. We have to also be careful with non-power tools. The biggest scar on my body happened when a hand saw slipped.

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

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#10 posted 06-29-2010 10:11 PM

thank´s for the reminder and heal fast

not my biggest scar but maybee the one that hurt my pride most
is from a screwdriver slicing right trugh my palm and sticking out on the other side of the hand
3½ hours in ER with all the beautyfull nurses smiling to me (while they headshaken)


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#11 posted 06-29-2010 10:25 PM

Sorry to hear about the injury, and I hope that you will soon recover full use of your hand.

Scary sharp hand tools are not necessarilly “safe”. Somehow I managed to get a nasty slice on the tip of my finger when using a #5 jack plane.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 06-30-2010 01:18 PM

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Wish you a speedy recovery..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 06-30-2010 01:36 PM

Sorry to hear. Wish you a speedy recovery. I love working with chisels, but for some reason even when I make sure to keep my hands behind the blade, I tend to forget halfway through using it and move my hand for a better grip. This has led to numerous cuts, luckilly none have been too deep. I need to stop moving lol.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#14 posted 06-30-2010 01:49 PM

That hurts and I wasn’t even there.
My chisels are like razors(thanks to my ws3000) so I am very carefull handling them. Found that out the hard way too.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 07-01-2010 09:40 PM

Bill, hand injuries like that can take a long time to heal but it will gradually get better. I cut a tendon on the back of my hand while replacing a newly sharpened lawn mower blade. My blocking slipped and it rotated around and caught me.

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