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DustyMark

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04-07-2021 11:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw accident laceration stitches

I was using my bandsaw to make a cut for a kayak cradle that changed angle over the length of the cut. I adjusted the angle of the table during the cut to minimize the waste I’d need to remove with my grinder later. (Bad idea…)

My dust collector hood covers the blade under the table.

Unfortunately, I had to remove the hood to achieve the desired angle for the cut.

I should have stopped the saw to adjust the table angle. On my second adjustment, I reached blindly for the rear adjustment knob and pushed my finger into the moving blade. My finger kicked back when the blade hit the bone in the tip of my finger. Four stitches closed up the laceration. That’s the first time in 45 years of woodworking that I cut myself bad enough to need stitches. Many lessons learned on this self-inflicted wound!

The cradle still needs paint and carpet, but it turned out!

-- Mark, Minnesota


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#1 posted 04-08-2021 12:24 AM

That’s a hazard not spoken about.
When I had small bandsaw I did adjust the table many time with the saw running. I heard the voice in my head saying you know one of these days your cut your finger.
Another hazard I just recently escaped was spray adhesive. The hi strength stuff that squirts in a stream.
Apparently the nozzle hole had some dried glue in a particular way when I pushed the tip down a stream shot right across the front of my face.
Only several inches away from my good eye. Yikes
Good Luck

-- Aj

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SMP

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#2 posted 04-08-2021 12:36 AM

Welcome to dark side. Its always complacency. They should make a saw called the ComplacencyStop, charge 10 times the price, and have a giant yellow sticker on the front that says “DON’T BE COMPLACENT”

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Foghorn

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#3 posted 04-08-2021 12:42 AM

Good thing it wasn’t worse. The bandsaw is the only machine that has “nicked” me over the years. It seems very safe, but can breed complacency.

-- Darrel

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#4 posted 04-08-2021 12:43 AM

Owww! Owwww! OWWWW!!!

Sorry for your accident.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 04-08-2021 01:42 AM

This makes me cringe, but good reminder how quickly things can go wrong. Hope you heal quickly.

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DustyMark

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#6 posted 04-08-2021 02:07 AM

That’s something, the band saw is the only tool that’s “nicked” me as well. This taught me to slow down and not take “shortcuts” while I’m using power tools.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#7 posted 04-08-2021 02:16 AM

My bandsaw doesn’t scare me as much as my table saw, but the idea of putting my hand under the table to adjust it with it running does. They use them to cut up one ton cattle for a reason.

Thanks for sharing the reminder that it pays to remain afraid of what our tools can do (screw that respect crap, my way has kept my fingers on my hands for fifty years – God gave me back trouble (there’s a yellow streak up it a foot wide) for good reason).

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#8 posted 04-08-2021 02:17 AM

It’s good to publish these incidences to help us all to keep safety on the front burner.

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DustyMark

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#9 posted 04-08-2021 02:23 AM

Yeah, I’m eating a big piece of humble pie in the process, but getting the story out there serves a useful purpose.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#10 posted 04-08-2021 02:31 AM

yes thank you for sharing this, most only worry about the table saw or router table but the bandsaw can bite just as bad as youve shown us,hopefully this will make more here aware the dangers.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-08-2021 05:27 AM

I have done my share of stupid stuff around power tools. And so far only gotten a few nicks and scrapes.

I have learned to NEVER adjust power tools while they are running. Not even the tool rest on my lathe.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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DonS1959

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#12 posted 04-08-2021 09:31 AM

I know a guy who lost four fingers on a table saw because of lack of respect for it and I also know another guy who lost two fingers on a meat band saw the accidents happen when you least expect it

and it is all due to lack of respect for the piece of equipment you are using

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DonS1959

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#13 posted 04-08-2021 09:31 AM

I know a guy who lost four fingers on a table saw because of lack of respect for it and I also know another guy who lost two fingers on a meat band saw the accidents happen when you least expect it

and it is all due to lack of respect for the piece of equipment you are using

did not mean to post this second reply cant figure out how to delete the second one

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controlfreak

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#14 posted 04-08-2021 10:32 AM

Thanks for sharing, it may help others avoid getting bitten. I hope you heal up quickly.

On a second look, can you do some trimming with tin snips to avoid needing to remove the shroud?

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#15 posted 04-08-2021 04:42 PM

Mark, thanks for the reminder that I want to be dialed into the task at hand, not too tired, not in too much of a hurry and definitely no alcohol.

Sorry about your finger, but glad it wasn’t worse.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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