You are right on the money, stop blocks would have helped. I had cut about 50 or 60 slats for the backs of swings, they were around 3" wide and 20" long. I started 2" from each end and was removing a 1/2" from each side with the TS and finishing the little bit that was left with my BS. (My stop blocks were actually two lines on my TS fence)When i made a cut on one of the slats i noticed i had not made my cut quite far enough on one end so instead of stoping the saw, like a smart man or/woman would have done i decided to ease the piece back towards me. Well the blade caught the wood and kicked it towards me a little faster than i planned and the middle finger on my left hand just happened to be in the wrong place. After all that happened i shut the saw off walked out of the shop to the house, stuck my head in the patio door and told the ex to get me a towel and warm up the car cause we need to head to the hospital. The worst part of the whole incident was that i got some blood on the cast iron top on the TS. The stain it left after cleaning it never did come completely off. The lesson here i guess is never work in your wood shop if you know you are afflicted with the ID-10 -T virus. On a lighter note, after i healed and started picking again i sold both of the banjos that were in the box (i had them both put together finally) and bought a Gibson, still have it.
Last edited by garryswf; 09-22-2009 at 06:46 AM.