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Forum topic by TZH posted 01-31-2014 01:53 AM 2510 views 0 times favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 01:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip oak tablesaw joining traditional

I wasn’t going to share this on LJ’s because I was so ashamed of what I did, but my wife told me I had to. It can definitely be inserted into that “no sympathy for stupidity” category of carelessness in the shop. In other words, I got into a fight with my tablesaw and lost – badly. The irony is this didn’t need to have happened if I’d just done the safety stuff on the saw I should have done a long, long time ago.

I was trimming edges off pieces of oak in preparation for glueup making cutting boards. Got down to the last piece and wouldn’t you know, my hand slipped off the push block I was using and went into the blade. Luckily my reflexes were good enough to yank my hand out before doing damage across the palm, but my thumb wasn’t so lucky.

Where’d I go wrong? First, I shouldn’t have been wearing a dadburn glove – that’s for durn burn sure! Second, I could have been trimming with the blade guard on instead of hanging on the wall. Third, I could have designed, made, and used a much better push stick/block/apparatus than I was using.

Anyway, here’s the “no sympathy for stupidity” photos (17 stitches – 3 inside and 14 outside). Stitches are now out and am getting anxious to get back into the shop although it’ll still be awhile.

Be careful out there! You only get one chance to keep all your digits.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 01:58 AM


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#2 posted 01-31-2014 01:59 AM

Ouch is right! You paid the tuition and we get the lesson. Take care of that injury and be safe.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:02 AM

OH COME OOOOOONNNNN!!! that doesn’t look so bad!!! yeah, right. any accident on a table saw is scary stuff, all I can say is- YIKES!

Thank god you made out with all your digits, that’s all that really counts.

good luck getting back in the saddle!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 02:08 AM

Still attached and still working. I can only assume that lesson learned.

It never makes us feel good to show our mistakes. But if it stops someone from doing the same or worse, then it’s worth it. I can only hope that new LJs learn from our lessons.

Heal soon my friend and get back to work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 02:09 AM

thru the many other posts here.. i have learned gloves are a nono around power machinery of any sorts. before LJ’s, i could easily envision wearing gloves around a table saw or disc sander. not now!

other things i have learned is to fear power machinery enough to respect it. before i flip any power switch, i take 3 seconds and look around to ensure things are safe. i keep my blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, riving knife installed and even purchased a couple board buddies i will be installing along with that GRRRipper thingy.

and please..take a picture of your soon to be retired push block, to show other’s the faults with it’s use.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 02:11 AM

Your making my thumb hurt. No sympathy here, well maybe a little, Ouch.
Careless or not it still is painful and you don’t want to see anyone get hurt.
No reason to be ashamed, it can happen to anyone.

I never use gloves and rarely use push sticks, I think both are inherently unsafe, just my opinion.

You be safe and stop feeding the blades your fingers.

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 02:13 AM

Thanks, everyone. Holbs, the push block wasn’t even a “real” push block – it was a piece of scrap I had laying around the shop. Threw it in the firewood bin (after I beat the tablesaw with it to no avail – tablesaw just laughed at me. Or so it seemed), so don’t have it anymore. Am thinking I’ll design a push apparatus based on some of the ones I’ve seen on LJs and post that when it’s finished. Fair enough?

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 02:15 AM

Yeah, I’d think gloves would be dangerous. If the blade caught hold of the material it might suck your hand right in to the blade. Not sure how a push stick would be dangerous though…at least a properly designed/used one.

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 02:15 AM

A+ for your wife.

It’s good for people to share these stories because they are a good reminder. How many stitches did your pride get??

Take care, heal soon.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 02:19 AM

i should look at making various push blocks. i bought mine to hold me over til i know pro’s and con’s of various push blocks. it’s hard plastic (not wood) 6” x 6” triangle or so. but with the GRRRipper and cross cut sled, would i even need a push block i wonder? hmm.

oh..just curious. with that kind of accident, did the table saw blade cut thru skin or did it knick bone? that looks pretty wicked of a cut.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#11 posted 01-31-2014 02:33 AM

“I wasn’t going to … but my wife told me I had to.”

Well, you may be stupid, but you’re not reckless. Following SWMBO’s orders is the better part of valor and leads to a long and happy life. Most times they let you keep your thumbs too, so have care.


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#12 posted 01-31-2014 02:34 AM

That looks pretty damn painful. In fact I know it is because I’m typing this with ring finger (right hand) that’s 1/2” shorter than it should be. It was big of you to post about your screw-up. Hopefully this will persuade some folks to take a good hard look at their tablesaw/jointer/router table and realize how quickly a finger can disappear at 8000 rpm. It could have happened to any of one of us.

Best wishes and take good care of that thumb.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#13 posted 01-31-2014 02:35 AM

Holbs, it came within a hair’s width of hitting the bone – very deep through the skin. In fact, if you look close (not too close- don’t want you to get sick to your stomach) you’ll see the cut is actually like a kerf width. No nerve damage (tip of thumb is still pretty numb, but hopefully will regain feeling), no tendon or ligament damage. Very, very lucky in that regard.

Sandra, my pride is still in the healing process too. More like a huge dose of humble pie than anything.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#14 posted 01-31-2014 02:42 AM

I think every post like this – even though you feel like an idiot – is beneficial. As great as they are, table saws are dangerous and I don’t think people can be reminded enough.

Glad it wasn’t worse – heal up soon.

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#15 posted 01-31-2014 03:05 AM

Knucklehead. Have all the safety posts been lost on you? Why even post them if you knotheads are going to continue to hurt yourselves? Jeez Louise…

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