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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 8)

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).

WooDee33's picture

Think I felt some pain after (post #179484, reply #3 of 8)

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.

sendhilq's picture

I'm so sorry to hear of your (post #179484, reply #4 of 8)

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss...

Amellom's picture

Mercy! It's definitely not (post #179484, reply #5 of 8)

Mercy! It's definitely not fun running into running table saw nor bandsaw blades. I've done both ,but luckily I have quick reflexes and have only lost a fingernail which grew back kind of crooked, but I still have it. 
Not to push name brands, but I really want to get my hands on a Sawstop table saw before the next incident. 

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Sorry to hear it! I will say (post #179484, reply #6 of 8)

Sorry to hear it! I will say safety should be the first priority in any area of work / profession. From now, please try to keep your hand at reasonable distance from your running equipment, try wearing gloves and please don't distract yoru mind somewhere else.

 Alex Pablate  

TheCapster's picture

Good reflexes... (post #179484, reply #7 of 8)

I too have good reflexes (being a drummer) but the speed with which these accidents (or is that stupid moves) happens is amazing!

Working on the band saw and my hand slipped and I shoved my thumb into the blade. Luckily, thanks to those reflexes, I reacted quickly and It only sliced into the end of my thumb about 1/4 inch, under the nail.

The lessen here for me is that power tools can cut faster than I can react to prevent it!

Live and learn (the hard way).

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I'm Really Feeling So Pained (post #179484, reply #8 of 8)

I came very close to cutting into myself using my table saw the other day. I was trimming a cabinet door panel down in size and had it between the blade and fence. I pushed it through and my mind spaced and I tried bringing it back to trim it again. You can NEVER bring it back correctly, it caught the blade and my instinct was to smash the board down.

Fortunately for me, I stayed on the board and had my blade low enough it couldn't cut through the thicker part of the board. I tore up the bottom of the board and scared the crap out of myself.