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post #21 of 520 Old 01-04-2007, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasTimbers View Post
Lee that had me smilin pretty big. My kind of humor.

Worst thing I have done to myself in my shop is let a stack of circle saw blades fall on me and rake considerable amounts of flesh off of my left leg. totally tearing of my blue jeans from that leg and missing by mere inches tearing off little big man.

I was moving a vertical stack of 5 - 7 blades ranging in diameter form I thin k 32" to I know 56". I have them bolted together through the arbors as one unit. It weighs at least 450 but probably closer to 600 pounds. I was rolling the stack on the biggest one (obviously) in the stack because it is trashed and I just use it as the "wheel" to roll the others good ones around. My other two good 56" saws are on the arbors of the two other circle mills so they weren't on the heavy stack.
So I am rolling this mass of steel around on my shop floor, clunk ... clunk ... clunk ... not giving enough serious thought about how much weight I am balancing because I am thinking about where I want to move it out of the way THIS time!
As you have probably already guessed, it became out of vertical just enough due to my lackadasial attitude to start to go, so without thinking (I was doing alot of that in this short span of time) I crabbed around in front of the mass to put my weight against it but it was too late.
It threw me back against the saw horses and raked me down my left leg, barely missing extremely delicate parts and my innards to as I say, and pinned me against the shop floor.
I did not scream at the top of my lungs. I did not lay there and struggle, uselessly, to free myself. I did not cry and grunt primordial sounds. I did not hyperventilate and temporarily lose rational thought.
After I was done not doing all that, I actually composed myself because my chemical generators were dumping endorphins into my bloodstream by the bucket fulls to combat the pain long enough to extricate myself from this nightmare.
There absolutey no way I was going to be able to lift this stack of metal off of me even if I could stand up and lift it off myself which, is of course impossible because you can't stand up when your are pinned to the shop floor. No leverage at all here though.
So, just like a movie, I b-a-r-e-l-y was ablt to reach a 2x4 with the tippy tip tips of my trmebling fingers and mustered just enough strnegth to lift this stack just enough to pull my leg out froom underneath.
I know I fractured my leg. I made a post about this on some forum I don't even remember which one maybe it was FVF and we have it in the archives here, but, my point is this has been many months ago and parts of my leg still hurt, are numb, and when I stand on it too long it swells around my sock (partially due to diabetes) so much it gets freaky. When I nick my shin against something just wrong i drop to my knees in agony.
I hope that is the worst shop accident I have. Now outside the shop . . .I have done some things to myslef that if I told I would lose any credibility i might have here.
Sorry aboput the length.

Edit. I just walked over to the corner of the shop and actually counted and measured the blades. there are only 5. They are as follows:
1 42"
1 52"
1 54"
2 56"

Maybe joasis knows exactly how much they might weigh; I know the 56" ones are well over 100 pounds so the others can't too far back.
Those near dismembering stories are scary. Since you have diabetes, becareful of staff and cellulitus in that leg. If it ever gets mildly infected, don't mess around at all.
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post #22 of 520 Old 01-05-2007, 06:30 AM
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A 56 inch blade would weigh maybe 100 pounds, and sell for $25 a pound...what a deal! If the weather is pretty this weekend, Sunday afternoon will hear the whirring of my circle blade.

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I'll keep an ear tuned to the south west......
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I think what he's getting at Steve is that he wants you to get something other than your ear pointed to the SW; something more like your front bumper so he can have someone there by Sunday Afternoon to tail for him. :icon_wink:
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I have a Nice littel scar on my Left Little Finger. back in...hmm 1995 (It was easter break of my Jr yr of HS) I had decided to build a Machinists typ ches out of Maple. Using my Dad's table say I had to remove the blade guard to rip some 1/2 x 1/2 stock. I brought by hand back overtop the Blade. I took out 3/4 of the Joint surface at the last joint on my finger along with completely severng the nerve & Tendon. the Bone had filled in by Surgery 2.5 weeks later I have about 50% movement back and soem feeling on the outside of that finger. I also have a few like Darren's newest 1 tablesauw and one from a Circ. saw.............. For some reason most of my Scars are really Light and hard to see.... I'll have to attemt to take a few pics.
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it really shall be carefully
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On many occaisions i had to tell my son not to stand behind me while i'm cutting on the table saw,well dads little helper learned the hard way,a somewhat small pc flew back and hit him in the nuts,he fully understands now.

"You must become one with the wood grass hopper"
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Of all the stupid sh*t I've done, and close calls Ive had...I'm with Big Dave. I've mangled myself more with a damned utility blade than anything else.
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Cutting a melamine shelf. . . . .

Hit a rough spot in the board on the fence. . . . ..


NO! JAM!!!!!

Kick the emergency off..

Whew no damage, no blood,

Looked at my fence????? Have an old shelf I can use till I get the new one. But what a pain. . . Measure the blade . . . measure the front . . . clamp . . . measure the back . . . clamp. REPEAT!
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back about '99 was ripping a truck bed load of wood for furring on a bar wall in the middle of nowhere on route 2 northern minnesota. low twenties, but spitting rain. hypothermia city.

rip well over 200 pieces and on the very last one, the tip of my left pinkie hits the blade. nice little 1/8 deep rabbet down the outside. wrap it in a paper towel and cuss. with intensity. go back and shoot the stuff on the walls

another time trying to make a compound cut on a milwaukee ten inch miter saw. that saw has a (crappy, non-ergonomic) vertical handle with a safety switch which REQUIRES THE RIGHT HAND TO HOLD THE HANDLE. the saw REQUIRED the wood to be off the right side. fine, make the correct miter angle, then mark the bevel. raise the long board for the 4 pitch cut and clamp the bejeesus out of it.

sight. . . looks good. test cut. . . looks good. run the saw for awhile. . .looks good. reach across and bend the crap out of my left wrist to keep things steady and start the saw. . . looks good. slowly lower the saw. . . looks good. touch the blade to the wood. . . good.

get halfway and the wood jumps up, knocking the back of my left hand into the blade! no good blood, ugliness, jamb a paper towel over the cut. wrap it tightly with masking tape, sit down and eat an orange. helps me feel less shaky. clean the blood off the saw, off the floor, go home and find my good friend hydrogen peroxide.

decide that being at 72 hours for the week, with another day to go. no days off in two weeks plus, and one day off per week for the last two plus months doesn't cut it anymore.
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Just the other day I was setting up the router table for a cut. I couldn't tell how deep the cut was going to be so I was going to just touch to the end of the piece to see. Guess what I forgot? To tighten the router in it's base. As soon as I turned it on it slamed down on the table and was wizzing away. No personal injury but it took a chunck out of the router base, nothing I can't live with. Think I'm gonna put a chunck of wood under there so if I get stupid again at least it won't come flying out.

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I'm a relative newbie to woodworking, but I got my first taste of kickback a couple of weeks ago off of a 5hp powermatic 66. Fortunately, it was only a piece of cherry about 1/4th inch thick, and 11x20 inches, but it came straight back and hit me about 3 inches above the baby making parts. I still have a lump right below the belt line from it, and I've learned two things now. One is to make sure that no matter what you're feeding, make sure it stays down on the table and absolutely against the fence, and 2) I have zero desire to cut wood that thin on a table saw now - it has too much of a chance to flutter and once it does, it's hard to keep it against the fence.
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i build/have built some pretty fancy custom houses around here and one had 43 (yes forty three) corners on the bottom floor and unequal pitch hip roofs. 9 pitch and 7. so my boss at the time and i are putting up twenty foot plus hip common rafters made from 18 inch lvls. kirk is cutting. ( did i mention that i am 50 and weigh 135 pounds at the time?)

i am at the bottom, on an eight foot ladder setting the seats into simpson hangers. as i lift the base to the resting place, i feel the ladder wanting to walk. i call this out to my boss and say i want to adjust the ladder before setting the rafter. he calls okay, and i somewhat straddle the beam that is holding the hangers so that i can get the back feet on the floor level.

boss calls out, "ready?" and immediately starts heaving the rafter up. i have little choice but to catch the end and try to steer it so that it doesn't cream the floor and jerk the jerk off the upper ladder.

ladder walks and i spin around on the beam and end up carrying all the weight which is not on the upper floor end. scrape the crap out of my inner thigh and find myself hanging from the beam at nine feet over the floor with one hundred plus pounds in my right arm. monkey boy.

after a similar incident which separated a couple ribs i no longer work with the guy. if any boss is going to hurt me anymore, i have to blame me.
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my beautiful stepsister:
Making miter ends on picture frames, table saw, reached across the table top and hit the blade.
90 something stitches in the palm, 2 half of fingers missing (thats nothing to her though,, she bagged up 4 of her friends in Iraq )

Really,, I think she got pissed and slapped the blade again for cutting her once.

Other things on her mind.
Felt like now that the tool is set up, I can make up time by going fast.
Lack of focus.

I create a danger zone around a small area on a tool (the area that will cut us),, If my hands come near that zone, ALL of my attention is on that area.
This is not the kick back zones of tools,, its the area around the the cutter area of the pwr. tool.

I mill/kiln/woodwork.
Every things either heavy or sharp!
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When I was a teenager I was sharpening a sickle with a slip of carborundum and ran my thumb along the blade. Very neat slice which we fixed with plaster sutures to draw the edges together. Taught me to never have a blade facing you.
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Never cut myself wood working but moving tools.
The house I was living in got sold out from under our noses.
I asked a friend to help me move my bandsaw {cheap import at the time} I had the top he had the legs. I said tilt it back and he pulled the legs instead. The result was a nice deep fillet in my left my palm from the upper wheel door.
Worst thing was I had a BIG show that night with my band {we were signed to a major lable at the time}.
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I've only had minor injuries. I've jammed my finger into my scroll saw blade, hit my fingers on my bench belt sander, and other minor injuries.
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Brand new 60 grit belt meet fingernails...fingernails, say G'bye.
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My uncle lost his little finger, 1/2 of his ring finger and a 3rd of his middle finger to a table saw.

Silly bugger was using it and turned around to a couple of my cousins and said "watch out these tools can bite" and guess what........

This was several years ago now so we bought him a stubbie holder with the missing bits of his fingers attached. Its a good laugh at a bbq when people who are unaware see his fingers attached to the stubbie holder when he puts it down.

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That's sick and funny at the same time....I like it...the stubby holder I mean.
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