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Lost two fingers in the woodshop

wop's picture

    The bandsaw , well the piece of wood I was working slipped while I doing a bit of free hand cutting ( I know you're not supposed to do freehand cutting on the band saw but sometimes it's the only way to get it done) and the saw took the finger right off.

   So I'm not one to be detered by setbacks of this sort and once you've taken a job you have to finish it. So I walked it off and got back to work. The second finger went to the random orbital sander , can you believe it. Again the piece of wood slipped and the edge of the sander took the finger right off it skidded across the floor and ended up under a stack of rough sawn cherry. Since I'm not about to move over a 1000 kg of cherry to get to it it's there for the duration.

    At this point I'm trying find a bright side to things....At least I didn't loose half a foot.

  Lesson to all woodworkers when the Parish priest asks you to repair a 150 year old crucifix that's missing a finger and half a foot just say no.

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If a priest asks you to work on a crucifix.... (post #179484, reply #2 of 3)

Sorry to hear of your loss, Two Fingers!  By way of irony:  I was building an altar (probably for the same priest) when , in a nanosecond, my right hand index and middle fingers got pulled through the tablesaw blade.  They remained attached but the blade cut of half of the knuckle bone and shredded the tendons (dorsal side, thank God).  Now, as you said the job has to get finished so immediately after surgery (after anesthesia wore off of course) I set to finishing the building of the altar.  Having found part of my knuckle on the table saw the altar now has a new "relic" in it.  Wonder if any other craftsmen were damaged working for the Church?  Blessings on your continued recovery ( I'm typing this reply 2 days after my second corrective surgery).

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Think I felt some pain after (post #179484, reply #3 of 3)

Think I felt some pain after reading this. Can't imagine the intensity of the pain you guys went through. Luckily I still have complete fingers on both my hands, but I'm trying to really be cautious when I'm working with some equipment.