Hello all. My name is Lincoln and I am new here to the forum. I have tinkered with little wood projects for years, but never got very serious about detail and quality. I have ventured more deeply into the craft over the last couple of months. I look forward to learning to build better, higher quality projects in time.
I am also a shade tree mechanic, and do a large amount of work on motorcycles. When I am not working on them, I spend a lot of time riding them. I am an MSF rider coach and the word "passion" is an understatement for how I feel about bikes.
I hope to be able to develop my woodworking skills in order to help me do custom work on bikes as well. I am currently designing some composite parts and plan to make wood plugs to develop my molds.
To support these addictions, along with my family, I am in the USAF. I work as a firefighter, and currently manage the E911 center for my base.
Things were going great until last night. I was building a miter saw stand and was trimming a piece of wood on the table saw. I had the fence set to 1/16 clearance from the blade, and had to raise the guard. I turned my head looking to a stick to push the wood through. As I did I let my left hand rest without thinking. My thumb hit the wood in just the wrong spot, and the top of the blade (witch was about 1/8 inch higher than what I was cutting) ran right through the middle of my thumb. I did not hit bone, and thankfully did not lose my digit. I did care the grand canyon through my thumb, and they could only stitch part of it. The rest of the tissue will just have to heal.
I am lucky, and things could have been much worse. I ordered push sticks and feather boards today, so hopefully this will help keep my attention where it needs to be. This accident should never have happened, and i do not want it to be repeated.
Anyway, my tools are not the top of the line, but they work. My little bench top table saw drew first blood, but it works well. I plan on building a bigger table/better fence set up for it. I am also building a router table and finishing my mitre saw stand. I look forward to getting better at what I do.
Future plans include a jewelry box for mothers day, keepsake boxes for the kids, and a cedar strip canoe for me this summer.
Glad to meet all of you, and let my life serve as a warning to others. Be careful.