I don't know about the rest of you, but I rarely get through a day of
woodworking without getting some kind of nick, scrape, or cut that requires
some neosporin and a bandaid, whether it be a splinter or some other minor cut.
Every Monday when I go back to work, just when I have recovered from the
previous week's wounds, I'm sporting one or two new bandaids where I got myself
over the weekend. Am I just clumsy or is this a common experience?
I do when I'm using/sharpening hand tools. I figure I'm good for at least
one abraision or cut for each sharpening session, hahahaha. When I took a
hand tool jointery class at FIT, I keep a box of bandaids in my tool kit.
I was going through "splinter hell" when ripping some old rough lumber. I
finally ended up putting on a pair of leather gloves. I now keep several
pair handy and use them regularly when moving lumber. I also just ordered a
"Silver Gripper" tweezers from Lee Valley to see if there's a better
mousetrap for removing splinters.
I'm an old army medic and one thing I learned about cuts and abrasions - If
you clean them properly and bandage pretty quickly after it happens, it will
heal very quickly. Otherwise, the tinyest nick can get infected and turn red
and sore and last for a week or two. I keep a bottle of Phisohex (banned
from the market years ago) to scrub my nicks and scrapes. I know that
sounds obsessive compulsive, but I must carve up myself as regularly as you
Excellent choice. There's also something called "Nu-Skin", a kind of antiseptic
liquid bandage. Used that on my recent faux-pas with good results. Only thing
is, mixed with blood, it makes it look like you've REALLY gouged yourself.
Works for the pity factor. Tom
Someday, it'll all be over....
No burn, and hospitals are using it. I think that they call it Dermabond
and charge $80.00 per application. I have been doing it for twenty years.
Or course, there are many situations that it is impractical...
On 23 Feb 2004 17:30:07 GMT, email@example.comAntiSpam (NoNameAtAll)
Not as bad as you'd think.
I've heard an unverified story that CA glue (super glue) was
originally invented for the medical field and heavily used for closing
wounds in the Vietnam War.
I've personally glued cuts and played three sets of bass later in the
don't need no stinkun' Band-Aids.:)
family trait to go through several a year. I have gotten better with
practice. Most of my scrapes no longer draw blood. Those that do are often
small and I will wear one only if it prevents my painting the wood I am
working with. \
However I feel for you. I don't know how many times I look down at my hands
and say "where did that come from?"
"Violin playing and Woodworking are similar, it takes plenty of money,
Same here, except I'm on aspirin and things that look like a paper cut
tend to drip for a couple of minutes. Messy, especially when I don't
even realize I cut myself (on a sharp tool) until blood is everywhere.
Gerald Ross, Cochran, GA
To reply add the numerals "13" before the "at"
I suffered a near amputation of my right arm in a plane crash back in 1988. I
still have my arm and it works pretty well (except my wrist no longer rotates
like it used to) but I lost sensation in the outer part of my forearm. I seldom
manage to spend a day out in the garage without wondering where the cuts on my
arm came from. Both a curse and a blessing, I guess.
On Mon, 23 Feb 2004 17:41:48 +0000, Mortimer Schnerd, RN wrote:
I have the tinglies (pins and needles) on the two outside fingers on
each hand and on the outside of the forearms and similar stuff in the
Also, I can burn myself easily because of a delayed temp sensation - all
from a broken neck football injury 42 years ago. Apparently, the 3
vertabrae fusion is adding a voluntary fourth at the bottom of the injury
Cuts and burns go un-noticed until the blood or BBQ smell :-(
Probably a little from column A and a little from column B. :)
I'm finding I hurt myself less than I used to now that I'm more
conscientious about, for example, keeping my off hand out of the way of
whatever tool I'm using.
Most recently, the most dangerous tool in my shop has been the common $6
backsaw. I have one big scar and two smaller spots that have almost
healed, all on my left index finger, all from cutting tenons.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
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