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post #501 of 506 Old 04-24-2016, 05:42 AM
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By the way.. About 3 weeks ago I learned that a nice sharp 1" chisel can suddenly and abruptly become not so nice and it's much funner to get stitched up by a really pretty doctor even if she's not the best surgeon on the planet.. I went back to chopping mortises the next day and here about 3 weeks later I'm healing up pretty good.



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post #502 of 506 Old 04-30-2016, 04:51 PM
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Here is an update on my thumb. As stated above on Jan 24 I almost cut it off completely. It was severed from the inside (palm) out from putting my hand down onto the blade grabbing a board falling off the back of the table saw. There was only a little muscle and skin holding it on. The bone was cut clean though. All blood vessels, muscles and tendons were cut as well. I had a 7 hour surgery the next morning and was in the hospital 4 days. The day I got out I built an out feed table one handed. I also re aligned and installed the guard and bought a better push stick. I also instituted a new rule in the shop of not talking to anyone at the saw while the saw is on. As of today I have 80% movement in the thumb. I still have some swelling and I can't bend the very end joint much yet. I can move the rest of it all around and pick up stuff. I am not able to pick up heavy stuff with it yet. I have feeling in the palm side and around it about 60% of the diameter. The feeling is still tingly like when your hand goes to sleep and as it's waking it tingles when you touch it. But I am now and have been able to do my regular work in the shop. I just have to change some of the ways I do each job. I should have full feeling and movement eventually. I can also touch the thumb to all fingers. These pics are from today. The wrinkles are from the coban bandage I keep it wrapped in to keep swelling down.
Wow glad to see the healing progress. I had a run in with my table saw in December of 13. I haves post in this thread about it too. Mine is healed as much as it's going to be but i still have the tingly sensation. Not horrible but reaching for screws or other small sharp things feels pretty uncomfortable. I hope you heal all the way and cancer back to business as usual!

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I nabbed my index finger with the table saw last winter. It's healed up pretty well, but the one side of that finger will probably always feel a slight pain. It didn't help that just as it began to really heal I smacked it with a mallet good and hard which left what I believe is a permanent dent in the nail. All I could do then was cuss a lot and wait for the pain to stop.
Glad you were able to keep your thumb. Being thumbless would blow..

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Been Hurt Many Times Over the Years!

Having worked in Construction all my life (65 yrs.)and have hurt myself many times as a electrician and have lost count of the cuts, smashed fingers, multiple shocks falling from stuff ect. Saying all that I still have all my fingers! BUT I had my first kick back from a table saw and that did me a number!! I was trimming a small 45% angle off a piece oak about 3 inches wide and a foot long. Had the cut almost done when the little 1/2 inch triangle 12" long shot off the table saw. I now know what happen but not then. That blade grabbed that little piece of wood and shot it striate at my pointer finger on my left hand. It broke my finger in haft and the bone was sticking out with a compound fracture. I reset the bone right then cause I knew it would hurt way more later doing it. Took 13+ stiches to close it up again and a metal finger brace till it healed. This scared the crap out of me I will never stand in front or behind a table saw again using it!! Now that finger does not work as good and it is crooked looking. I will be putting a splitter on my saw knowing what it is for now. These power saws can wipe you out in a micro second! I am learning fast about this wood stuff! I did it on a real cheap table saw. Now I have a 3 HP one to watch out using.
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Having worked in Construction all my life (65 yrs.)and have hurt myself many times as a electrician and have lost count of the cuts, smashed fingers, multiple shocks falling from stuff ect. Saying all that I still have all my fingers! BUT I had my first kick back from a table saw and that did me a number!! I was trimming a small 45% angle off a piece oak about 3 inches wide and a foot long. Had the cut almost done when the little 1/2 inch triangle 12" long shot off the table saw. I now know what happen but not then. That blade grabbed that little piece of wood and shot it striate at my pointer finger on my left hand. It broke my finger in haft and the bone was sticking out with a compound fracture. I reset the bone right then cause I knew it would hurt way more later doing it. Took 13+ stiches to close it up again and a metal finger brace till it healed. This scared the crap out of me I will never stand in front or behind a table saw again using it!! Now that finger does not work as good and it is crooked looking. I will be putting a splitter on my saw knowing what it is for now. These power saws can wipe you out in a micro second! I am learning fast about this wood stuff! I did it on a real cheap table saw. Now I have a 3 HP one to watch out using.
Good grief, that was one serious kickback. No one will ever have to tell you to watch that saw again. You are right, one second you are fine, the next second you are hurt, well actually it doesn't hurt right that moment but it will.

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That sounds very painfull. And I am a big fan of spending more money and be safe, then safe a little bit money and get injured. Money isn't worth your safety!

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