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Forum topic by Moron posted 03-13-2009 01:57 PM 1803 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2009 01:57 PM

As i type left handed despite being right handed I ponder my 33 years of woodworking as a hobby and career and cant help but think about the statistics claiming that serious woodworking accidents happen mostly to the novice and seasoned old timer.

Recently I took on a joiner, young, ambitous, and clever. I hired him as a co-op high school student at another shop, 10 years ago for one reason…........he was a tad “mouthy” and I couldnt help but notice how he quickly he put his fellow employees noses out of joint with his young but clever sarcasm….........I kept in touch and due to the economy found out he was unemployed so I tracked him down and hired him (part time). It’s the first time his skill level was paid for by others.

Day three with him and I was ripping 1/4×1/4 stock, turned and somehow managed to get my baby pinky into a saw blade, didnt even notice I had cut my finger except for the slight unusaul sound and the fact that my glasses were covered in blood. Looking down at my finger and having the instant “dizzy” sensation as I peered at my baby pinky split in half like a piece of firewood. I hope he sticks around and worry that the trauma he witnessed so early on the job might scare him away.

Throb Throb Throb....its now back together with about 40 stitches but the bone is gone from the finger nail down to halfway between top knuckle and second knuckle which means I have to go back and have that part amputated, going through all this BS, again….........why ythey couldnt do it from the get go because I did ask them to,..........I dont know.

I made it through 33 years before a serious accident (always thought it was mostly luck).......SOB, it hurts.

Stay safe folks



-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 02:08 PM

ahhh! I hate these stories but, have to hear them. Thanks for the post. Sorry for your pinky but glad it’s not more than that.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 02:31 PM

I,m glad to be out of the trade. If I see another blood stained saw it will be too soon. Get well soon mate.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 02:47 PM

Sorry about your pinky bud but glad it was jus that.

I wonder if you could consider a couple of Grr rippers at least for your employee as a sign of good faith.

Nothings going to be perfect but had you been using them here we would not be talking.

Cheers and get well soon


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 03:31 PM

So sorry to hear about your finger Roman.I just shudder when I hear of shop accidents.Take care and heal soon.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 03:32 PM

Dang roman! Ya arnt supposed to do that! Heal soon.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 03:38 PM

Sorry to hear about the finger. I hope you get feeling better soon.

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 03:45 PM

Roman, Having lost half of my right index finger and then having re-attached I feel for you. Stay safe and look at it from a different perspective; at lease it was a finger that does not get used much for grip, dexterity or tactile. The wound will heal and I do hope that your young friend will learn from it.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 03:51 PM

Roman, I want to add my wishes for your recovery as well. As soon as I read your title and the opening line I knew where this one was going. I hate hearing these stories as well but hopefully your post will prevent this from happening to someone else.

Get well soon. And keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 04:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your accident, but thank you for sharing it with us. We all need the constant reminder that a moment’s loss of concentration can have devastating results.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 03-13-2009 04:51 PM

many thanks to all. My pinky feels like it now has its own lung, expanding and contracting, almost like my heart has moved from chest to finger and inbetween beats an invisible hammer smashes it….......amazing pain!!

the young lad showed up despite not being scheduled and I am happy about that, and not having any “savings” its nice to still have cash flow.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 05:16 PM

33 years…just shows you it can happen to anyone. Take care of yourself.

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#12 posted 03-13-2009 05:17 PM

So sorry to hear of your accident. Thanks for the heads up, guess we can’t hear it enough. Take care, rest when you can, let it transpire. Find the bright side and stay there. Best wishes and a quick heal, to you. By the way, you type well with your left hand and in pain.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 03-13-2009 05:19 PM

The pain will go away in a few days to weeks, then it’ll just be throbbing or “phantom” pain for a while. I suspect more than anything, it’s your pride that hurts even more.

6 months and a week or so after I put my thumb through the table saw blade, it’s healed very well. You’ll be back to doing things the Docs don’t want you to do, sooner than you think.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#14 posted 04-03-2009 08:48 PM

Misery loves company. I am typing right handed as i prop my left hand in the air. I just got back from having 7 stitches put in my left index finger cause i was not using my head while i was using a chisel. Sorry about your finger. I guess I am lucky that I only get stitches and no amputation.

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#15 posted 05-07-2009 01:17 AM

I have dodged three bullets, one with a router (I have the most interesting line of scars on my thumb), and two with a table saw (blade and kickback). Fortunately I didn’t lose anything. God be with you, Roman. I’m still a little gun shy, and just now getting back in the saddle. But I am back, and you will be too.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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