Plane Iron vs Live Power Cord..DANGER!

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10-03-2011 05:37 AM

This may be a first..

Earlier this afternoon I was honing one of my plane irons via scary sharp method. I wet the sandpaper with mineral spirits and of coarse the mineral spirits gets all over my hands. Well I had just finished the iron and I had a nice razor sharp edge. I picked the iron up and it just slipped right out of my hands. The plane iron was now falling edge down towards the cold hard concrete floor. Right when I felt it slip I cringed with fear that the edge would hit the floor thus ruining my fine edge. The edge hit the floor all right, but thats not the only thing it hit.

I had a small shop vac plugged in sitting next to my bench and the sharp edge of the blade just so happened to land directly on the power cord. When it hit there was a pop sound and a bunch of sparks. When I picked up the iron I couldn’t have been more disappointed. All that work grinding and honing down the drain. Where the edge hit the wire it burned and melted the steel. I snapped some pictures of the damage..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 07:27 AM

Hey not a problem-just even up the notch and now you have a beading plane-just joking. That really sucks. I have had the cement nick once or twice.Now I opt for wood floors,at least the odds of hitting a nail are greater.
Couple of times I have left a nick,hit a da-n nail,with both chisels and planes.I leave it sorta as a reminder to check more carefully in the future.
Either that or rather than grind all that good material use the rest of the edge,just grind a bit more frequently.At least get as much use from the rest of the edge.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 07:36 AM

Glad you weren’t hurt.

That’s one of the reasons why I just look at my planes up on the shelf where they belong while I use power tools. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 07:52 AM

Well it was “SCARY SHARP!!!”

Atleast you can fix the cord and resharpen the blade and no one got hurt.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 09:42 AM

Dan welding on the edge ISN´T a part of the job to sharpen irons …..

glad it wasn´t your foot you hurt

take care

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 11:35 AM

I guess better it hit that cord, and not your foot. wow. ya just never know. glad you didn’t get hurt.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 02:05 PM

I see you’ve found one more way NOT to test the scary sharp method. I’ve cut live power cords with skill saws, drill bits and tin snips, but never a Stanley. I have dropped them on the concrete floor so I could start all over. Practice makes perfect!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 04:48 PM

I doubt it was falling with enough force to cut through my shoe so had it hit my foot I doubt there would have been any injury.

That iron was to my 5 1/2 and restored the blade and sharpened the whole bevel by hand. It took me so long. To fix it I am going to use the power grinder. I still cant believe it hit the cord and blew up the edge.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 05:53 PM

Wow, that sucks. Thats going to take a lot of regrinding.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 10-03-2011 10:14 PM

I’ve done that a few times, but it is my dikes that get burned up ;-(( At least it makes a good wire stripper ;-))

-- 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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#10 posted 10-03-2011 10:20 PM

Ya, I guess the bright side is the wires will be easy to re attach. Cord is all ready cut and its a nice clean cut.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 10-04-2011 02:47 AM

I am glad that you were not cut. A scary sharp iron falling edge first is a perfect set-up for the reflexes to kick in and your hand to dart out to “make the save”.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#12 posted 10-04-2011 04:09 AM

Good one David. I’m with you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 10-04-2011 04:17 AM

“Weird But True—” we used to collect unusual stories like this at work, and keep them in a binder to share with the newbies.

-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?

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#14 posted 10-04-2011 05:30 AM

ChuckV, You just reminded me I have done that before with things that slipped out of my hand. I will definitely try to control the reflex with things that sharp!!

-- 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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#15 posted 10-07-2011 10:02 PM

That’s why my shop is completely covered with interlocking foam rubber floor mats. Glad you weren’t hurt. Better that the plane blade suffered than to lose a few toes.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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