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Offline jobsworth

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Public Service Announcement
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:48 PM »
Guys please becareful, safe and work safely. Today I cut the tip of my finger off using the table saw. I cant tell you what happened which means I wasnt paying attention. The only thing I can tell you , Please use my mistake as a learning lesson. Ive been woodworking for 22 years, this is the first real injury Ive had.
Ive been lucky worked 10 years in the shipyards as a marine machinery mechanic and 22 years woodworking, but one little mistake and well as we used to say in the yards, Machines have no conscious, they'll cut ya and keep on going.

Please be safe and work safely
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Offline Mikeoutrage

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 08:22 PM »
Sorry to hear about your injury. I do some crazy things at times. We all need to slow down.

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 09:44 PM »
Sorry to hear this. I know something we all need to guard against all the time.
I have 3 nine-fingered friends, every one of them the victim of an encounter
with a table saw.

That's why I came up with this signature line over 12 years ago, you find in it
all my posts on whatever forum I belong to.

"It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?"
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017, 10:42 PM »
I kick myself for not respecting the tool. Like Tom told me this will definitely make me more careful now.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 06:43 AM »
Hope that you heal well and quickly and that this incident doesn't simian your passion.

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 07:50 AM »
Truthfuly It has made me a it gun shy, As soon as I can I need to get back on the bicycle. I am going to give it a shot today, playing with the domino  and  some of things.

I just wanted evenyone to learn from my experience, always remember the safety aspect of woodworking.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 10:38 AM »
Hope you heal quickly (in mind as well) I passed my thumb over the TS blade 10 yrs ago got lucky but it doesn't bend as good now...I picked up the portable, SawStop awhile ago, and dont break it out because I have a smaller one and it's easier/lighter and I think you've reminded me to start using it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 09:54 PM »
Thanks for sharing your unfortunate experience jobsworth.

My one friend who took the tip of his thumb off got a power
feeder for his TS so he could keep his hands clear.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 12:03 AM »
Thank you for this Thread and best wishes as you continue to regain confidence in using your tools.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 12:45 AM »
Sorry to hear of your accident. I had an incident last year with my jigsaw - by my wrist - took 10 or so stitches and a nasty scar to serve as a reminder. Amazing how quickly it happens. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 01:53 PM »
Ron very kindly sent me a picture of his finger - or rather what is left of it. I have seen worse accidents but nonetheless feel for Ron as it is a terrible thing to go through. I understand he is having to find new ways to pick his nose !

Get well soon Ron and take care.

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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 01:59 PM »
Really sorry to hear your news; get well soon.

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2017, 04:41 PM »
 
 Yep, it only takes a second of inattention for an accident to occur, but for sure it could have been worse. Not exactly a proper welcome home. Feel better soon, Ron.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2017, 05:28 PM »
Work accidents are no joke, time for us all to check up on our safe working procedures.

I don't know how much of the tip of a finger is gone now Ron but hope it doesn't unduly impede your usage. Get it healing well, and try and look on the bright side, as it could have been worse.
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2017, 08:26 PM »
Sorry about your accident, Ron. It doesn't even take a tenth of a second to happen. A whole lot longer to heal.
Hope it doesn't hamper you after the healing.

I like @Bob D's sigature >>> "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?"

Take care
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2017, 08:41 PM »
I too had an accident after 20+ years on a tablesaw. Luckily I had purchased a SawStop a few years earlier and damage was only a little groove about the width of the blade on my thumb and it healed up quickly without even a scar. I have never been one to keep that blade guard on, but I always did (an continue to) use push sticks and weatherboards when possible. I am so glad for you that you were not using a dado set.

This is not an endorsement of the SawStop nor it is an "I told you so" posting. It is just a reminder that accidents can happen to anyone and no matter what tool you are using make sure to enable/use all of the safety devices and take your time.

I hope that you are back in the game as soon as possible. Even though my accident was minimal I was still gun shy for several weeks, so that is a totally normal feeling. I have a non-Sawstop portable tablesaw that I use onsite and the guard never comes off except when I am putting it away. If I can't make the cut with the guard then I'll use another tool.

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2017, 09:02 PM »
The table saw blade cut a slot through the end of my index finger thirty something years ago.
For the next couple of weeks I had involuntary Technicolor visions of blood and gore every time I came near the table saw.

After the finger healed I discovered that it's new pointy-ness allowed it to fit perfectly into the dial of a rotary dial phone. That little silver lining was short lived as before long the rotary dial phones were replaced with push button versions.

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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2017, 12:47 PM »
How funny, i have the same vision of the blade hitting my finger. I need to get back on that bicycle
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2017, 01:48 PM »
Hi @jobsworth

Hope you are ok mate

I think this is a good post. As we all probably take health and safety at home a little different than at work

We have to have full 5 point PPE at work including no shorts

Face fit tested dust masks for cutting etc

But at home I've been down the shed after Sunday lunch (maybe a beer or two) in my shorts flip flops no mask no glasses routering. Using the chop saw domino etc

GUYS PLEASE BE CAREFUL

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2017, 02:57 PM »
Mick makes a good point and, in my experience, take extra care when a friend drops in and you are doing something to show off a new tool or helping him or her with this or that.

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2017, 05:18 PM »
Thank you for sharing that. A former co-worker of mine (with some 45 years of experience of using woodworking tools) also had a similar finger accident with his tablesaw last summer. His pain was pretty long lasting despite the cut spot looked perfectly fine. His wife gave him two choices: a SawStop or Festool plunge cut saw; he chose the latter after considering the amount of hobby woodworking he still does.

I know many people who still insist that when it comes to tablesaw safety, the only thing that matters is what is between the ears. Call me anything, but I protect myself with a SawStop. During the past three years of ownership, I have turned off the finger-saving feature only once -- to make one single cut.

At the risk of being labelled as a hold-down champion, I must encourage every owner of the Kapex to use the hold-down clamp whenever possible (almost 100% of time for me). I find a mitresaw more dangerous than a tablesaw (the regular kind). If you really don't need and don't want your hold-down clamp, I am interested in buying one. I like what I see in Cheese's photos: http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-problems/kapex-blade-guard-stuck/msg520984/?topicseen#msg520984   Dual clamps!
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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2017, 05:39 PM »
I too had an accident after 20+ years on a tablesaw. Luckily I had purchased a SawStop a few years earlier and damage was only a little groove about the width of the blade on my thumb and it healed up quickly without even a scar. I have never been one to keep that blade guard on, but I always did (an continue to) use push sticks and weatherboards when possible. I am so glad for you that you were not using a dado set.


Please consider installing its over-the-table dust collection system (among the best, if not the best dust collection for cabinet saws). It gives you great incentive to leave the guard on (which is an essential part of the dust collection system). Except for cuts like dado cuts or narrow cuts, you would not want to remove the guard because it really sucks (dust)! With my filtration system on, I now don't even wear a mask at the tablesaw even when I cut MDF (unless they are strips).
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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2017, 11:37 PM »
Glad the incident wasn't worse @jobsworth and it was just a finger tip this time, and a great reminder that it can happen to anyone no matter the amount of experience.

Gonna be extra careful tomorrow on my Table Saw.  Don't have the Sawstop, but I do have the Jessem TS stock guides, which add an extra level of safety: http://www.jessem.com/clear-cut-ts-stock-guides.html 
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2017, 04:44 AM »
Just last week Matthias Wandel put up a movie of sticking his finger in his running table saw (no real harm done, btw). Watching the movie, it is easy to proclaim: "Yebbut, that has got to be the dumbest move I've ever seen, leaning over a running blade like that", but, well, you know, it ALWAYS starts with something dumb.

Table saws scare me. As such, I've gotten rid of mine, eventhough I never even removed the guard. Sure I'm not as "productive" - as if that matters for a hobbiest - now that I have to do everything with the plunge saw, but handling machinery while quite literally shaking in your boots is just not worth the hassle.

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« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2017, 09:08 AM »
Sometimes, it is the most unexpected things that catch you out.

I had a batch of paving slabs standing upright in a crate - some leaning to one side, some to the other.  It turns out the crate wasn't exactly level, so the ones on the 'high' side were almost vertical. The stack on the right fell over against the ones on the left, trapping my fingers.

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The sharp edge, and the weight of the slabs, was enough to cut through all 4 fingers - and right through the tendon in my middle finger.  Don't enlarge the next picture if you are squeamish!  And wear gloves!

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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2017, 01:01 PM »
I have seen the samething happen when a friend tried to hlp me on a job. Luckily, Iwas there to pry the pile away so h only ended up with a few bruises.  This past weekend, I was moving some cement blocks and another friend wanted to help me. I was putting ties (6x6) and some mason materials into the bucket of my tractor.  I told the guy I would handle he concrete blocks, but he jusy grabbed one and very quickly slid the block into the loader bucket nearly trapping his hand between bucket and block. I hate when people try to help with heavy items when they are not used to handling same. 
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2017, 05:06 PM »
Festool has done 2 outstanding things for woodworker safety while conducting their business:
1.  The tracksaw and TS55 and TS75 greatly improve wood worker safety, particularly when doing things like breaking up sheet goods like plywood, MDF etc.   And the system cuts accurately -- limited only by operator proficiency!
2.  And now SawStop!

These 2 systems complement each other from a safety standpoint.  Thank you to the Stoll family and employees for all of the work they have done and continue to do .

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« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2017, 03:44 AM »
Festool has done 2 outstanding things for woodworker safety while conducting their business:
1.  The tracksaw and TS55 and TS75 greatly improve wood worker safety, particularly when doing things like breaking up sheet goods like plywood, MDF etc.   And the system cuts accurately -- limited only by operator proficiency!
2.  And now SawStop!

These 2 systems complement each other from a safety standpoint.  Thank you to the Stoll family and employees for all of the work they have done and continue to do .
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« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2017, 04:11 AM »
Oops!  I must have pushed the wrong button.  It just shows how mistakes can happen.
I agree about Festools contribution to safety.  The tracksaw is a very important safety device.

I have been using table saws for about 70 years off and on.  I have never had an accident to either hand.  That is somewhat related to the fear. I don't mean I was feared using a table saw, but I recognized the danger.  When I piched up my very first ATF 55 with its track, There was no more worry about feeding my fingers to the monster.  I threw away my Crapsman TS and decided never o use another table saw.

A douple of years ago, I decided to get a small portable table saw.  I found it to be handy in many ways >>> but <<< the saw is so small, but nearly as powerful as my old saw, and my hands are always sooo close to that blade, I am not comfortable using it anymore.

Throw into the mix, I have developed carpel tunnel in my left wrist.  I am left handed.  A year ago, I had a slight heart attack and as luck would have it, I ran into some people who worked very hard to steer me towards writing.  During my recovery time, I spent a lot of time at the computer.  Because I use the old H&P system of typing by using only my two index fingers, the first two fingers and my thumb are nearly void of feeling in the first two joints of each of those fingers (left hand only). I find all kinds of problems with picking up things, especially small items, with my left hand.  I am learning all sorts of new ways around such problems.  I am no longer interested in using that small portable table saw as much as before.  My TS 55 is used nearly 100% for any cutting with no fear of seeing fingers flying across a room because I did not know where my fingers were as I feed the wood to those spinning teeth.

Yes, I thank Festool for inventing the tracksaw.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2017, 09:46 AM »
Ron's mishap has prompted me to share a simple workshop safety gadget that I have made for cutting small pieces on the Kapex.

I have created a new thread which can be found here:

http://festoolownersgroup.com/various-woodworking-crafts-topics/nifty-neatos-1-video/

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« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2017, 06:26 PM »
I have to give full credit to my gunsmith on one thing (others, too, but this was most applicable here).  He said that there are days when it seems that little, if anything, is going right.  When he's having one of those "out of balance days", he just shuts down and goes home rather than mess up a customer's weapon.  I've adopted that thinking. 
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« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2017, 08:39 PM »
I have to give full credit to my gunsmith on one thing (others, too, but this was most applicable here).  He said that there are days when it seems that little, if anything, is going right.  When he's having one of those "out of balance days", he just shuts down and goes home rather than mess up a customer's weapon.  I've adopted that thinking.

I was a mason contractor for many moons.  I loved doing stonework and was fortunate to land many bragging right jobs. Some days, every stone found a place almost immediately.  I would be on a roll and did not want to quit.  There were times, tho, when I just could not see how anything was going to fit. Those days, I would just take a walk in the woods to clear my head. If the walk in the woods did not work, i just quit for the day and either went to another job or home.  I did not fight the feeling.  When I returned, the same stones were in the pile, but they all seemed to jump into place.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2017, 08:52 PM »
Ron,

From personal experience please don't push yourself to "get back in the saddle".  If you are uneasy, just walk away.

In 2003 I fell off of a two story roof onto a set of steps leading to deck.  I walked away sore after picking up my tools and ladders.  It took me far longer than a year before I could get onto a roof again. 

What is right for you is right for you in time.

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« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2017, 10:21 PM »
I like what I see in Cheese's photos: http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-problems/kapex-blade-guard-stuck/msg520984/?topicseen#msg520984   Dual clamps!

Dual clamps, but NOT used at the same time...that's the most important element. Dual clamps used at the same time capture an off-cut, provide no escape route and will ensure a catastrophic problem.

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« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2017, 10:32 PM »
I have to give full credit to my gunsmith on one thing (others, too, but this was most applicable here).  He said that there are days when it seems that little, if anything, is going right.  When he's having one of those "out of balance days", he just shuts down and goes home rather than mess up a customer's weapon.  I've adopted that thinking.

Ya, a friend of mine loves to say in French, there's a time to make things happen and there's a time to let things happen.

It's so true...forcing an issue just doesn't work, but when the synergy is right, the success is inevitable.
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« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2017, 11:24 PM »
I like what I see in Cheese's photos: http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-problems/kapex-blade-guard-stuck/msg520984/?topicseen#msg520984   Dual clamps!

Dual clamps, but NOT used at the same time...that's the most important element. Dual clamps used at the same time capture an off-cut, provide no escape route and will ensure a catastrophic problem.

By dual clamps, I meant the convenience you have of a hold-down clamp on either side of the blade. Sometimes, when I make angle cuts, I have to switch back and forth the stock on the opposite side of the blade and repositioning the clamp after each cut is not fun.

Are there any more affordable third-party hold-down clamps for the Kapex?

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« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2017, 11:58 PM »
By dual clamps, I meant the convenience you have of a hold-down clamp on either side of the blade.

Ya, I understand your statement completely, I spent the extra $$ for the second hold down strictly because of convenience. I don't like to spend money more than anyone else does, however convenience plays a huge part in my expenditures. 40 years ago, I had more time than money, 40 years hence I now have more money (that's relative) than time.

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2017, 06:48 AM »
Ron,

From personal experience please don't push yourself to "get back in the saddle".  If you are uneasy, just walk away.

In 2003 I fell off of a two story roof onto a set of steps leading to deck.  I walked away sore after picking up my tools and ladders.  It took me far longer than a year before I could get onto a roof again. 

What is right for you is right for you in time.

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« Reply #38 on: September 11, 2017, 12:46 PM »
I feel good about getting on the bike again. After talking to a lot of people here, other sites, that finishing class I took, the majority of them have had injuries.

What I am kicking myself over is I just remembered a different technique/set up that I could of used the TS 55 and guide rail to do the same cut and I wouldnt of had the accident.

 Live and learn...
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« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2017, 08:22 PM »
I feel good about getting on the bike again. After talking to a lot of people here, other sites, that finishing class I took, the majority of them have had injuries.

What I am kicking myself over is I just remembered a different technique/set up that I could of used the TS 55 and guide rail to do the same cut and I wouldnt of had the accident.

 Live and learn...

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« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2017, 01:03 PM »
Well I thought Id give a update. The finger is healing fine. Looks almost normal now once the nail covers the flat spot. Been working in the shop getting my confidence back with the tools. I was using my table saw the other day for the first since the accident. So everything is good now. I was very lucky. It could of been a heck of alot worse.
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« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2017, 05:21 PM »
Good to hear.  I've only had one major kickback incident on my table saw -- this was before I installed the Jessem stock guides -- but it scared the bejeezus out of me.  Bent the saw plate and the metal insert.  Fortunately the flying board missed my head.  It happens in an instant before you even realize what's going on.

But yeah, it took a week or two to get over the fear of putting a board on the saw...

Well I thought Id give a update. The finger is healing fine. Looks almost normal now once the nail covers the flat spot. Been working in the shop getting my confidence back with the tools. I was using my table saw the other day for the first since the accident. So everything is good now. I was very lucky. It could of been a heck of alot worse.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #42 on: October 09, 2017, 03:00 PM »
my salute to all of you for sharing your experience and preventive steps!
I like Peter Parfitt's idea of sharing little bite size video clips.

The points made about cooling it when things don'e seem to go or feel right: BINGO! right on - really works.

The point about distractions or change in the routine should set off an automatic alarm in our brain.

thanks for the refreshers - sorry it was prompted by unfortunate reminders.
Hans
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2017, 04:04 AM »
I have not worked in my shop for over a year.  Partly becase of my heart attack in August of last year.  Mostly because among other problems, I developed carpel tunnel in my left wrist and my thumb and first two fingers on the left hand are numb. Partly from spending a whole lot of my off time editing all of my stories that I have written.  The pecking away on the keyboard just exacerbates the wrist problem.  I find it almost impossible to pick up small items and when i try to work on my outdoor equipment, I am constantly dropping screws and nuts and bolts.  I am finally able to hang onto small items inspite of the numbness.  The last couple of months, i have slowly gotten back into the shop and have started working on some christmas gifts.  I have not actually worked on my table saw, but i am using a method developed many moons ago (even further back than when I turned 39).  Whenever I get a new tool, or use a machine that I have not used for a long while, I go thru a series of "dry runs" by going thru the motions with the machine unplugged.  Even tho I have been doing my cutting with my TS 55 over the guide rail, I know I will use my table saw (portable DW) eventually.  Every time I work in my shop, I go thru all the motions of cutting with my table saw.  I even use my push sticks to feed small stock thru between blade and fence. I have always been uneasy about using that small saw as my fingers are never far from the blade.  I am getting used to working with the saw without the noise.  eventually, there will be the noise, but I will have programmed my actions to work safely.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2017, 04:46 AM »
I was thinking about another action as I was typing my last post above.  Even before i turned 38, in fact, even before I turned 20, and that was waaay back, i was in the Boy Scouts.  I loved camping and other activities.  When i finally dropped out, i still continued with hiking and camping in all sorts of weather.  I was asked by the scout leader to take a crew of young scouts out to a clearing job.  There was an elderly couple in town, actually out of town and in a wooded area of town, who were wanting to sell their home.  The property was over-run with underbrush and weeds so the Scouts volunteered to cleanup the property. I was experienced with hand tools needed and also had a good collection, soooo, I was sort of volunteered to lead a small crew. 

We were using all tools powered with hickory booms and armstrong power.  No noise and no smoke.  Among my collection of tools was an old scythe that I used often. It was razor sharpe.  I showed the boys how to use the tool, as I did with each tool used.  I also instructed all of them on safety measures to take with each tool, including instructions for standing back from the operators of any cutting tool.  My scythe was a tool that not one of the boys had ever used.  Most had never seen one in action.  I showed how to swing the tool with a smooth rhythmic motion instead of a chopping motion.  There was only one boy who seemed to catch on, so i decided to be the only one to use the tool.  Eventually, I needed to "whet the edge" and demonstrated how to do it. 

I had learned how to use the scythe from my uncle who, like me, was left handed.  He had been borne with partial paralysis in his high side and there were certain things he could not do right handed. A scythe is designed to e used right handed.  That he could do.  I could copy his swing.  Whetting (sharpening) ws always done with the stone held in the right hand and sliding along the entire length of the blade alternating from side to side.  Since my uncle could not use his right hand for the motion required, e always sharpened using his left hand. since i was left handed, and almost never used my right hand for much of anything, he showed me the method he used.  I don't recommend such practice, as it is extremely dangerous.  It exposes the entire back of the left hand to the shop blade for the entire length of the blade with every stroke.  I decided to show the boys how to sharpen the right handed way which was the only safe way to do the job.

I showed them how to hold and support he scythe.  I showed them how to hold the stone.  I went thru the motions very slowly.  I did not allow any of the boys to practice.  I figured they would never use a scythe again after that day, so there was no need to put them in danger.  After going thru the motions very slowly, it was time for real action.  I positioned myself and took the first swipe down the blade.  OOPS!  With the real activity, i had allowed my hub to be held straight up.  I still can see the scar.

That day, I showed the boys a lesson in emergency first aid.  i showed them how to make a "dumb-bell" with adhesive tape to hold two sides of a deep cut together as if it might be held with stitches.  With the first aid treatment, i was able to continue thru the day until we finished the job. I have used the scythe several times thu the years since that day, BUT, i have never sharpened (whetted) the blade by using "the safe" right handed right handed method.  Always the "dangerous" method i was taught "way back when".  It is safer >>> for me.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2017, 07:04 AM »
I used to think that using a router table was just inherently safer than hand routing.  A few years ago I was routing a relatively small piece (1x10x1/4) for a table that was going to be a Christmas present for my wife.  Without thinking I did a small climb cut and the piece caught and dragged my left index finger into the router bit.  It just mangled the tip of my finger and did not hit bone, but imagine seven equally spaced cuts about 1/16" apart from one another and 1/4" deep.  No way to stitch it up.  Took a long time to heal and then it grew a weird little flap of skin that had to be removed.  All told it was about six months before it was back to the point where I could use it without being too distracted by it, and it still tingles as a reminder.  It was another three years before I finished that table, but I figured I had to re-do the ruined piece as part of the process, so that I would stop avoiding the router.  When I finally got around to it, it took me an hour to think through the operation to make sure I was doing it safely, quit procrastinating, and make the cut..  It taught me to be more careful and I now have a mental checklist for the router table that includes thinking a lot more about the dynamics of each cut and using a lot more jigs.

My wife did get her table, just three years late.  She was very patient, except for the part where she had to drive me to the emergency room.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #46 on: October 10, 2017, 07:46 AM »
@Tinker
Ask your doc about getting the carpal tunnel fixed. It's not a particularly invasive procedure. I know that it made a world of difference for my wife's quality of life when she got hers taken care of.

Years of keyboarding caused hers.

Ron

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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #47 on: October 10, 2017, 07:57 AM »
I had bumped a raised planter bed with my mower.  I told the customer I would make the repair.  The legs were of 4x4 cedar but with very shallow sliding DT to hold the sides together.  I did not want to use my router in the wood that had been impregnated with dirt and fertilizer for a few years. I decided to just build a new planter and keep the old wood for my own projects.  The first step, after cutting 4x4 (NEW) cedar to length was to plough out sliding DT.  I had done theem before with 1x lumber with no problems by making a jig for my hand held router.  No problem GI.  This was going to be easy.  I ran the bit into the wood with no problem.  At the end of the cut, I could not raise the wood from the the table.  I was doing this on my router table.  I just pulled the wood very carefully back towards me.  As the end of the wood cleared th bit, i felt a slight tingling on my finger tip. the tingling looked a whole lot worse than it felt. It seems that with all my precautions I have spoken about in my previous post, I had not thought about pulling the wood back towards me.  I had cupped my hand over the far end of the wood with my fingers taking full advantage of the wood's thickness.  A few stitches later and I was good to go back to work and a little bit wiser. The planter came out a whole lot stronger than the original and is still standing, but is now growing only weeds.  The youngster that was growing flowers and veggies lost interest, but I have not forgotten my lesson.
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Re: Public Service Announcement
« Reply #48 on: October 15, 2017, 09:00 PM »
I had to rip a few bits today using the table saw. I was very careful this time and took my time both setting up an cutting. I learned my lesson.

The finger is looking good. Almost healed, still a little tender. Lesson well learned
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