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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 09-29-2017 04:47 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2017 04:47 PM

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While looking up some things on the internet (as research, not just goofing around !) I ran across an article wherein the author was complaining about getting his thumb smashed by the handle of his leg vise. Well, OK. I wish I had a nickel for every time I got my thumb smashed by the heavy bar handle (made from a short length of steel pipe with caps threaded on each end ) on one of Pop-pop’s vises as a SMALL BOY, fooling around in the shop. (at about age 5) Y’all know something? This was part of GROWING UP. You learned three things from these experiences: 1. How a vise works and 2.Gravity works FAST, and 3. Get your damned thumb OUT OF THE WAY. You can bet your bippy I learned the correct evasive maneuvers in due course. But it was sort of a “Rite Of Passage” back then.
Fifty-plus years later, I still HAVE both of my thumbs, neither of which were permanently deformed by the experiences. Can anyone here in LJ land honestly say this has NEVER happened to them, EVER? My guess is pretty darned few. I sincerely HOPE it has happened to a VERY small minority in adulthood….. I shoulda noted where this was and who wrote it, so I can keep up with his “informative” writings. Maybe he’ll soon discover that saw blades or chisels are SHARP….... well, sharper than THAT guy anyway…...

-- OleGrump

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 08:35 PM

I grew up on a farm where Darwin takes measure of you everyday. If you get careless or foolish, you can lose a hand, an arm, or suffer other severe injuries. Things like bruises, minor cuts, small chunks missing, anything that doesn’t require a visit to the hospital are daily occurrences and quickly forgotten. You rub some dirt on it and get back to work, lol.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-05-2017 02:10 AM

A good way to prevent that is to put an o ring or a piece of hose next to the handle ends. You might get hit by the handle ends but the rubber will hit first and save a blood blister!

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

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#3 posted 10-05-2017 03:25 AM

When dealing with electrical I often see people complaining about 120 volts AC verses 12 volts DC. One charges you and will remind you that you made a mistake, the other you cannot even feel. And of course AC does not mix with DC. But hey what do I know?


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 10-05-2017 06:13 PM

As I grow ever older, I am becoming less and less tolerant of whiners and morons. Suck it up and move on. Life is too short to dwell on dumba$$ things. If you don’t want some pain or discomfort in your life, then don’t get out of bed. If it ain’t broken or in need of stitches, they move it on down the road…nothing to see here.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#5 posted 10-05-2017 07:06 PM

Having built my table from old bowling alley years age, buying my vices from the old AMT company, and not know any better, (phew). I used red stuff to lock my vice handle’s stop nuts to the vice.
20 plus years later, I thought that I would add the “O” rings…..............NOT!
Ain’t comin’ loose. What the hell….......Live with it.
It is what it is.

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 02:13 AM

Imagine this. I have been using table saws regularly for over 40 years and I still have all my fingers, even though I have never even tried a Sawstop. Some people would say that is a miracle. I think it is skill. I learned table saw safety in high school shop class and it works just as well now as it did in 1969.

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#7 posted 10-06-2017 06:05 PM

Its the world we live in. Common sense isn’t all that common anymore

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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