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Forum topic by BFamous posted 09-01-2019 06:28 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BFamous

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09-01-2019 06:28 PM

Doing some work out in the shop this morning for one of the first times in a few months as I’ve been recovering from a ruptured Achilles and standing too long makes my foot swell…

Anyway, i just had to “drill a few quick holes” as I was working on sanding down another piece. Didn’t think to take off my gloves (I typically wear gloves while sanding, not while using other power tools). I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention or being safe at all… Went to wipe away some sawdust from my drill press bench, without turning off the drill. My glove got caught! Not certain whether the glove ripped first or the bit broke first, it all happened in an instant. Luckily I got out of there without any damage to my hand, other than a bruise between two fingers from where the glove pulled.

This is why you don’t wear gloves while using a drill press, and why you wait for the bit to stop moving before putting your hands near it.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com


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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-01-2019 06:52 PM

wow – close call !!
I use the dreaded and unpopular Fly Cutter (circle cutter)
quite often in my drill press. nothing else like it to really hone
your “awareness” factors for spinning objects.

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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Kelly

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#2 posted 09-01-2019 08:20 PM

Thanks for sharing the reminder.

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ruger

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#3 posted 09-01-2019 09:18 PM

back in 1974 out of high school went to work in Newport News shipyard, at that time the shipyard employed 40.000 workers. in the machine shop I was in a guy was working with a huge drill press, he got his long pony tail hung in the bit. tore most of his hair out of his head removed a lot of his scalp tissue. he was in the hosipital for a while. don’t think his hair ever grew back due to losing to much tissue.

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Rich

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#4 posted 09-01-2019 10:12 PM

Yeah, long hair is a real problem in the shop. When I worked at Allis Chalmers right out of college, engineers who dealt with issues in the machine shop were required to wear clip-on ties for obvious reasons.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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BFamous

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#5 posted 09-01-2019 10:36 PM



back in 1974 out of high school went to work in Newport News shipyard, at that time the shipyard employed 40.000 workers. in the machine shop I was in a guy was working with a huge drill press, he got his long pony tail hung in the bit. tore most of his hair out of his head removed a lot of his scalp tissue. he was in the hosipital for a while. don t think his hair ever grew back due to losing to much tissue.

- ruger


Ouch is about as much of an understatement as i can imagine. Long hair and long sleeves are worse than gloves.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#6 posted 09-01-2019 11:39 PM

Wow!


I use the dreaded and unpopular Fly Cutter (circle cutter)
quite often in my drill press.
- John Smith

Those things scare the bejesus out of me!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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WoodenDreams

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#7 posted 09-02-2019 12:28 AM

Grateful to only bruises. But still nice to have reminders from others about safety.

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#8 posted 09-02-2019 08:30 PM

Never try cleaning a chain saw chain with a wire wheel on a bench grinder. The chain got wrapped around the wire wheel and sent me to the ER. Unfortunately we learn after the fact.

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anthm27

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#9 posted 09-02-2019 11:08 PM

great work for posting that little story.
Very lucky not to have give yourself a bigger injury.
We all need constant reminders to work safely.
Regards
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#10 posted 09-02-2019 11:17 PM

Just looking at your glove is enough to tighten my sphincter. Very glad you didn’t get hurt.

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Sark

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#11 posted 09-02-2019 11:43 PM

I use thin tight fitting gloves a lot in the shop, but never those big loose leather gloves. Mine have rubber on palm side and stretch tight material across the back. I find that with these sticky gloves I have more control and a better grip—especially feeding wood through the table saw—and less injury to the hands. Thanks for posting though. Good reminder. And fly cutters scare me too, but sometimes they are the only way to get the job done.

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GrantA

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#12 posted 09-03-2019 01:50 AM

Brian, I’m glad you’re OK. Now pickup a handful of cheap paint brushes to scatter around the shop for clearing chips!
As for the long hair, maybe that’s why the man bun is here? Bahahaha I’ve never seen one in a working shop so nah maybe not

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 09-03-2019 10:52 AM


- ruger

Ouch is about as much of an understatement as i can imagine. Long hair and long sleeves are worse than gloves.

- BFamous

I have a follower on instagram who got his right sleeve caught up in a mitre saw, how he did that I have no idea as its the left that is usually the most vulnerable and misplaced—anyway, the photo of the wound he received is now burned into my mind, it was a REAL horror story, could see tenons and bone and gaping hole nearly from the elbow down to the wrist. I will never approach a mitre saw again without thinking of that photo.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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woodcox

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#14 posted 09-03-2019 11:18 AM

That could have been a messy reminder. Thank you for it. Good you are up for shop time with the leg issues.

I’ve had surgical gloves try to pull me into spinning things. Lately, bench planing has been biting. My toothed planing stop took a chunk while swiping shavings out of the way. Holding a #2 like a coffin and the board corner taking a gouge out of my wrist. I think I need gloves.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#15 posted 09-03-2019 04:03 PM

you should staple that glove to the wall to always remind yourself of the danger,looking at it scares the hell out of me.thanks for posting this it cant be discussed too much.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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