Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Mission British Columbia Canada
Moved here from another thread, this seems like a more appropriate thread for this content.
Here's one I never would have expected, I had the shaper head on the table saw and when I got to the end of the stock it changed depth as it went from the table to the throat plate. All was fine as long as the stock was pressed down on the infeed side of the table but as the end left the table and moved forward onto the throat plate the tone of the saw changed and I knew something was wrong, the stock was no longer well supported, it shifted and the shaper head grabbed it and threw it backwards, all in an instant.
I never stand behind, always to one side so it didn't hit me. I was wearing saftey glasses so my eyes are OK. I always use a push stick so my right hand didn't get anywhere near the blade. My left hand, unfortunately, was resting on the guard with the tip of my thumb hanging over pushing down slightly on the stock as it went through.
The force of the board as it was thrown upwards and back, split my thumb wide open and took a chunk out. My thumb never touched the blade, (a Saw Stop would not have provided any protection) my thumb literally split along the edge of the guard as it was bent backwards.
The white stuff on my thumb is crazy glue, there was no way I was going to Emergency in the middle of a pandemic so as I pressed the two halves of my thumb back together my wife dried off the skin and glued it back together, same with the little divit, she dropped a drop of glue into it and it stopped bleeding. So far so good.
The lesson is to think of the board going all the way through, this all started out fine but I didn't anticipate the problem at the end. I'll probably dry run boards all the way through the saw from now on whenever I have any kind of shaper head or attachment installed.
I hope this post will keep this from happening to anyone else.
Last edited by JayArr; 04-20-2020 at 09:27 PM.