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Forum topic by Garbanzolasvegas posted 02-09-2015 09:00 AM 3287 views 0 times favorited 62 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2015 09:00 AM

I have seen some awful images of injuries germane to woodworking. Table saws, Band saws, Drill presses and the like… But the most awful injury I ever did to myself was with a chisel. No moving parts… No motor…..


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#1 posted 02-09-2015 09:10 AM

My tablesaw accident was in the very beginning of 2014 – 1 stich.
My chisel accident was in december 2014 – 5 stiches. Damn near cut half of my thumb off, luckily the bones stopped it. :D

So yeah, once you know what sharp is, you’d do good to keep your hands out of the way of movement of the chisel, i got my 5 stiches while cutting tape with my chisel… :D

So I agree. :)

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 11:31 AM

“Once you know what sharp is”

What a statement. I have struggled with sharpening. I finally got my plane irons where I could plane some African mahogany I have. Not a particularly difficult working wood, but interlocking grain that requires sharpness to prevent tear out.

Anywhoo, yesterday I was hacking some dovetails. Paring, like anything else, is achieved much more easily with sharp blades. To the stones with the a couple chisels. I went on to finish the tails.

But wait! Where is that blood coming from? I hadn’t hacked myself… Or had I? I must have touched the blade as I was sharpening, (give er the ol checkerooni) and took the skin off the tip of my finger. Nothing to rush to the ER over. In fact, I don’t think I ever enjoyed discovering a cut on myself before this. Most enjoyable cut ever. I didn’t even feel it.

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 12:19 PM

Chisel Stop???

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 07:18 PM

I was working with a crew back in the early mid 80s, 2 of us were installing J hangers, Mike went to hammer in a 6d, the nail ricocheted back and snapped one of his front teeth in half. A yr later two of the guys in the crew were playing grab ass with 2 spikers. Trying to see if they could arc a 12d over the roof of one of the condos we were working on. They were pretty thrilled about, unbeknown to them 2 roofers were working on the far side of said roof. One of them had been impaled by a 12d.

It’s one thing when an accident occurs its another when grab ass causes it

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 05:37 AM

One of the best things I ever discovered is good gloves. I like Showa 541s—very dexterous but surprisingly cut resistant. Despite not being labeled for it they also seem to be decent electrical insulators, at least against 110v.

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 06:17 AM

I sunk a 1/4” chisel in the meat of my thumb once. Luckily it was just meat. Closed up by the time I got to the ER. Pretty awesome.

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 06:21 AM

“Once you know what sharp is”

How very true.
I carve wax patterns and cut rubber molds in my jewelry manufacturing business.
The tool of choice for this work is a scalpel
The really good ones come from Sheffield England.
They will cut you from inside the package if you look at them too hard.

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 06:55 AM

So about a month ago I was testing my brand new Jet 17 inch drill press. I was using a ¼ inch brad point bit, and wearing a pair of frayed gloves. The drill bit grabbed the frayed material around my left thumb, and pulled my thumb right into the bit. The bit took a small bite of skin off the back of my thumb below the top knuckle and put a light bruise below the thumb nail. It hurt a lot worse than it looked after I cleaned off the blood. No real damage done.

Mostly I felt stupid!

So no more gloves for me. They can pull your hands in, and cause even more damage.

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 07:22 AM

I have to say the same thing, I got myself with the bandsaw a little while back and then some time ago I slipped while chopping some end grain with my chisel, mind you I was hovering over the chisel to help both control and add power to my cut, so I learned the hard way that hand tools are just as dangerous as powtertools. In both cases I really think I should have got a few stitches but with the one cut I just didn’t feel like sitting at the doctor any longer and just decided to make the nurse just glue my finger back together, and in the other case well let’s just say “that’s what super glue is for right?”
I also have learned that you can’t be lazy when it comes to sharpening, the sharper, the safer. I feel if I had just taking a few extra minutes to have honed a nice edge on my chisel, I would have had one less scar on my thumb and maybe some feeling in the tip of it.

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 10:40 AM

I lacerated my middle finger and took a nice chunk off my index/ring finger on the table saw.

What a scary time that was. Luckily i didn’t lose anything. Happened so fast. Never been freaked out like that before. Mainly cause i play guitar and didn’t want any lost fingers! That was the first thing i thought of when it happened. No pain just worry lol.

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 02:25 PM

Good point about gloves and power tools. You need to use common sense on that one—anything that spins can pull your gloves in even if they’re not frayed.

They work well against chisels, though!

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#12 posted 02-10-2015 02:33 PM

How about a mean ole putty knife?

I had torn the side off of a wall cabinet and was using the edge of a putty knife to clean the dried glue and particle board off the end of the shelf so that I could re attach the side to it. Towards the top, where my hand was holding the shelf, the putty knife hit something and stopped, changed directions and sliced my thumb clear down to the bone. (Lesson learned)

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#13 posted 02-10-2015 04:09 PM

I was trying to clean a chainsaw chain by holding it against a wire wheel on a bench grinder, The wheel grabbed the chain and whipped around, sending me to the ER for stitches. Don’t try this at home.

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#14 posted 02-10-2015 04:15 PM

I have two. First was I hit the palm of my hand by my thumb on a table saw. It was a decent cut but no stiches the other was a chisel that hit my thumb and cut down to the bone.

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#15 posted 02-10-2015 06:28 PM

Chisel Stop???

- hotbyte

That would be my other hand. I had a chisel slip a couple weeks ago and sliced my finger to the bone. My hand wasn’t even down range but the chisel went sideways when it slipped.

-- Rick M,

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