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Forum topic by OldBull posted 09-29-2020 09:33 PM 1377 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OldBull

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09-29-2020 09:33 PM

I have been inching my hand closer and closer to the blade of my miter saw with smaller cuts, I got lucky this time. I purchased a very hard piece of wood to make a mallet out of. It was short and fat and I wanted to split it in half, I did. Then I turned it on end to take some width out of it (that was the frickin idiot part) and boom. It was lightening fast, so much so I can only guess the rest. It felt like an actual explosion, pieces were everywhere. My guess is it grabbed the piece and pulled it into the blade. I did several things wrong, I didn’t hold it against the fence well, it was to small for the miter saw in the first place, it should never have been there. I should never have turned it up on end and I cut to fast and did not clamp it instead I held it. However in the end the good Lord was looking out for me. It cost me very little, I had a second blade on hand and the wobble is still there, 87$ later and the spindle and gear are on the way. Luckily the motor shaft is not directly connected on the Dewalt. I did not want to post this, It was a stupid ass thing to do. I feel like I backed the company car into something while everyone was watching or accidently crapped my myself in the pool, it just sucks. Maybe someone will read this and put a little post-it note somewhere in their skull and when the little light turns on trying to tell them something they will see this note.

Note to self, miter saws are for cross cuts you idiot, stop using the miter saw for small stuff, and pay attention, go slow on hard hardwood and start holding shit tight against the fence.

All I had to do was take it to the table saw and tilt the blade.

P.S. No sympathy for Don, I am not looking for it.


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sksk

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#1 posted 09-29-2020 10:10 PM

ouch! Glad all fingers still in place. I think everyone (who will admit to it) has a similar cautionary tale. Thanks for being candid enough to share yours.

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Andybb

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#2 posted 09-29-2020 10:22 PM

Yeah. Never had a miter saw incident cuz it scares the s**t out of me and anytime I turn it on I’m convinced it’s looking for a way to kill me. It’s probably the most used power tool in my shop.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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fivecodys

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#3 posted 09-29-2020 10:43 PM

Thanks for the reminder Don of how quickly something bad can happen.
I’m glad you were not seriously hurt.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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ibewjon

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#4 posted 09-29-2020 10:47 PM

Thanks for posting. It will save someone from doing the same or some other stupid thing. We are all guilty of something, many have not yet been caught. Glad you only had to change your shorts.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 09-29-2020 10:51 PM

It cost me very little, I had a second blade on hand and the wobble is still there, 87$ later and the spindle and gear are on the way. Luckily the motor shaft is not directly connected on the Dewalt.

- OldBull

glad to hear you only had to pay with $$$ :)

I think the luckily part here is unrelated to the construction of the saw and more to the fact your hand didn’t get pulled into the blade either, then even a full cost (~$500?) for a saw would have been super cheap… :|

+1 for thanks for posting, we all need those reminders of how things could happen in the blink of an eye

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

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BB1

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#6 posted 09-30-2020 01:50 AM

I have a board with a rugged cut in sight by my miter saw as a reminder of what could have been a bad situation. Thankfully just ended up with a sore thumb for a while. You are so right – it happens SO fast.

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mtnwalton

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#7 posted 09-30-2020 03:06 AM

thanks for the reminder, sometimes i get in a hurry. No excuse, i have a clamp i could use and also a thing from fastcap. Its called the 10 million dollar stick.

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BurlyBob

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#8 posted 09-30-2020 03:10 AM

I to am glad you intact. I’m a big fan of using a eraser on a pencil to hold things when I get to close to the saw blade or a real small piece.

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Firewood

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#9 posted 09-30-2020 07:07 AM

Don, thanks for posting. I’ve made a similar mistake on the miter saw cutting some cookies off a small log once. I was holding it firmly and (at the time) felt it was supported well enough when all the sudden all hell broke loose. Thankfully, no injury. I managed to bend the fence on right side of the blade though. Now what made me think that tool was better suited to the task than the band saw, I’ll never know. I still use my miter saw a lot, but now I definitely ask myself – is this be best tool for the job? I’ve changed my mind more than once since then.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Underdog

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#10 posted 09-30-2020 11:30 AM



thanks for the reminder, sometimes i get in a hurry. No excuse, i have a clamp i could use and also a thing from fastcap. Its called the 10 million dollar stick.

- mtnwalton

I thought you were kidding…
https://www.fastcap.com/product/10-million-dollar-stick

One could always use a stick with sandpaper on the end too…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 09-30-2020 12:32 PM

I had not seen those before, clever device.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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OldBull

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#12 posted 09-30-2020 12:32 PM

I was recently looking for a bandsaw for re-sawing and now I have the money for it, the money I didn’t have to pay for surgery, hospital stay, doctors, physical therapy etc etc.

Woodworking to me is problem solving, how do I do this, and many times there are many ways to achieve the same thing, I just didn’t stop long enough to say “NO” to that one, lesson learned.

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 09-30-2020 12:55 PM


I was recently looking for a bandsaw for re-sawing and now I have the money for it, the money I didn t have to pay for surgery, hospital stay, doctors, physical therapy etc etc.

Woodworking to me is problem solving, how do I do this, and many times there are many ways to achieve the same thing, I just didn t stop long enough to say “NO” to that one, lesson learned.

- OldBull


....always a silver lining; but there’s probably easier ways to get the money together for the BS.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Redoak49

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#14 posted 09-30-2020 01:10 PM

Thanks for the reminder as I have had similar situations and cut pieces that were likely to small.

I used to not want to use my bandsaw as it is a large one. Since I got a 10” bandsaw, it is easier to cut small pieces.

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ohtimberwolf

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#15 posted 09-30-2020 01:10 PM

That little, still, un-invasive, warning is so easy to dismiss. I did similar with a radial arm saw decades ago. It is over-with before you know that it happened.

I am learning to pay attention to that warning even to this day. Thanks for sharing. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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