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awsum55

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09-04-2019 02:54 PM

Well I finally joined a group that I never wanted to be a part of. I cut off the tip of my middle finger on my right hand tonight. I was pushing a piece through my table saw mounted to a jig and had the blade tilted to 45º. It happened so fast I’m not really sure what happened, but I think the jig got cocked sideways and threw my hand into the blade.

I just watched a show where a cook cut the end of his finger off and they took him to the hospital. They just cleaned it and wrapped it up. They said there is nothing else they can do, but to make sure to keep it clean and the finger will heal.

I was worried about sleeping, so my wife ran out to get a finger guard for me. It’s hard to believe, but there isn’t much pain at all. This is going to sound odd, but I’m very upset that I ruined part of my project.

So I didn’t go to the hospital, I just squeezed my finger to stop the bleeding and wrapped it with gauze. I didn’t cut the bone, but came as close as I could. I actually cut my fingernail in half. Here is the result if you care to look. WARNING, IT’S PRETTY NASTY

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Finger https://i.ibb.co/zrmS1YY/IMG-2809.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/L8cBFS6/IMG-2810.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/R6rjs6h/IMG-2817.jpg

Here is what happened, you can see how the jig was pulled into the blade along with my hand.

https://i.ibb.co/5Wsx4Zt/IMG-2814.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/wcFp6kb/IMG-2815.jpg

Be careful it happens even when you think you are doing something safely.

-- John D, OP, KS


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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 09-04-2019 03:00 PM

Wow! Thanks for sharing. That SUCKS!
Especially thanks for putting up links to the pictures WITHOUT displaying them in the post. I can avoid seeing it.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 09-04-2019 03:29 PM

I looked and, OUCH!!!!
Hope it heals fast and, stays pain free.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Nubsnstubs

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#3 posted 09-04-2019 03:44 PM

You are lucky that’s all it was. I hope it heals quickly.
I can see that had you put a guide on the jig for the miter slot, you would have been less likely to have that accident. But, hindsight is always 20-20.
On a humorous note, pickle that portion of your finger, and when some kids ask what happened to your finger, just tell them “It’s here, wanna see it”?? ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#4 posted 09-04-2019 04:06 PM

Oh, man. Sorry that happen. Things happen very quickly on a table saw. Hope all heals well. It will take a LooooG time to heal. They may have been able to reattach it had you gone to emergency. Maybe worth getting a tetanus shot.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Kazooman

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#5 posted 09-04-2019 04:23 PM

Wow! That looks awful. I would definitely have gone to the ER for cleaning and evaluation.

I had an accident many years ago where I sort of ground off the tip of a finger. No where near as bad as yours. I went to the ER and they cleaned things up and sent me to a hand specialist. I was instructed to soak the finger in hydrogen peroxide for about ten minutes at a time several times a day. That fought off bacteria and the action of the peroxide helped to further debride dead tissue. The finger slowly healed and skin grew over but the tip is quite sensitive to pressure since the pad of flesh is much thinner.

I would strongly suggest that you have a doctor look at the finger. Be on the lookout for infection.

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#6 posted 09-04-2019 04:49 PM

curiosity made me look just to make me see the reality of what can happen,my dad did exactly what you did,his cut a little of the bone also.he went to the er and had it stiched up and i recommend you do too as kazooman described,you dont want further problems.be safe john and thanks for sharing this and reminding us that it can happen to anyone,no matter how careful we think we are.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 09-04-2019 05:17 PM

I get the shivers just reading this. Accidents happen when you become complacent. Thanks for the post. It’s posts like this that remind people to stay vigilant.

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#8 posted 09-04-2019 05:21 PM

“This is going to sound odd, but I’m very upset that I ruined part of my project.”

Mate, that would be my first reaction too!

Bloody hell though, glad you’re OK. But yeah, tetanus shot might be a good idea.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 09-04-2019 05:44 PM

Sucks, Im glad you didnt hit bone, then its a whole different ballgame. Heal fast and good luck.

Im adding a mitre-slot runner for my tapering jig tomorrow, but I have a left-tilting blade. This sort of thing is common with a right tilting blade, when the stock is under the blade and against the fence. If you had that jig on the other side of the blade running in the mitre slot, or even if you had the fence left of the blade, probably would still have your fingertip.

As far as tetanus is concerned, tetanus is anaerobic, cant survive where theres oxygen, this is why deep puncture wounds are an automatic tetanus shot. If you havent noticed cramping, especially about the neck area, in the first 12-24hrs, then you probably wont develope tetanus. If you do notice any sort of unusual cramping- emergency room pronto! A doctor is gonna wanna give it to you anyway.

Hydrogen peroxide is old-school, anti-bacterial spray is much better. Salt water soak- excellent. Sooner you expose the wound to air, the better also.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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LeeRoyMan

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#10 posted 09-04-2019 05:50 PM

Weird that it cut it so clean. Normally the cuts, I have seen, have been rag dolled. Very lucky. Glad it wasn’t worse.

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awsum55

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#11 posted 09-04-2019 06:02 PM

I just got off the phone with my Doctor’s triage nurse and she wants me to go to the emergency room to get it checked out. I really don’t want to, but I guess I will.

I had a tetanus shot Sept. of 2011 so it’s been 8 years. I’m probably still good but who knows.


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I can see that had you put a guide on the jig for the miter slot, you would have been less likely to have that accident.

I didn’t think I needed one because I had the fence to guide the jig.

On a humorous note, pickle that portion of your finger, and when some kids ask what happened to your finger, just tell them “It s here, wanna see it”?? ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Too late, I already flushed it down the toilet.

- Nubsnstubs


-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 09-04-2019 06:05 PM



I just got off the phone with my Doctor s triage nurse and she wants me to go to the emergency room to get it checked out. I really don t want to, but I guess I will.

I had a tetanus shot Sept. of 2011 so it s been 8 years. I m probably still good but who knows.

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I can see that had you put a guide on the jig for the miter slot, you would have been less likely to have that accident.

I didn t think I needed one because I had the fence to guide the jig.

On a humorous note, pickle that portion of your finger, and when some kids ask what happened to your finger, just tell them “It s here, wanna see it”?? ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

Too late, I already flushed it down the toilet.

- Nubsnstubs

- awsum55


good john why take a chance with more complications,as in dont be stubborn like me-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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awsum55

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#13 posted 09-04-2019 06:14 PM


If you had that jig on the other side of the blade running in the mitre slot, or even if you had the fence left of the blade, probably would still have your fingertip.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

When I went back to see what actually happened, I thought the same thing. I don’t usually cut under the blade like that because I know it’s dangerous. I figured it was much safer because of the jig, so I never even gave it a thought.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Andybb

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#14 posted 09-04-2019 10:30 PM

So, I guess you typed this post one handed? :-) Wow. That is sure a clean slice. Did they stitch it back on?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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awsum55

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#15 posted 09-05-2019 04:16 AM

OK, I was wrong. I went to the emergency room and they took an x-ray. I did hit the bone and there is not enough skin to close the wound. He took a few pictures and sent them to the hand surgeon. The doctor stitched it up the best he could even though it will have to be redone later. If you can believe it , it looks worse than before.

They told me they had to send me to a hand surgeon. He said they will probably have to trim the bone back so there is enough skin to wrap over the end of my finger. I really didn’t have too much pain at all until I was stitched up and the nerve block wore off. Holy cannoli that was crazy painful.

I eventually realized that it was stitched up through my nail and those nerves were just fine. I’m guessing the reason I didn’t have any real pain before is I think the initial cut destroyed the nerves and they stopped working. The nerves in my nail were just fine and when the block wore off It got my attention.

The surgeon hasn’t called back, so I’m not sure what’s next but I’ll let you know when I find out.

-- John D, OP, KS

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