Darn it. Well, I was cutting some pine with my new miter trimmer and
reached in w/left hand to remove the small chunk and put it back onto a
little Christmas tree thing I was trying to make and my left middle finger
knuckle (the top) just touched the blade. I kept cutting and after maybe a
minute I looked down and saw a thick line of bright red blood nicely oozing
on top of my knuckle! I could not believe the blade was that sharp. I
didn't feel a thing when my knuckle grazed it. I guess that's one way to
tell how sharp a blade is.
Yep - good to share these things.
I did something daft a couple of weeks back too. I had a small timber board
vertical in the vice and was cutting some slots with the biscuit cutter.
Stupidly I was holding the timber behind where I was cutting the slots - you
guessed it I was cutting slots that were too deep for the timber - the
cutter blade went all the way through and into the middle finger tip of my
left hand! I felt daft because there I was with my safety glasses on
thinking I was a careful chap.
Lesson 1 : Ensure that you are cutting a slot that is appropriate for the
Lesson 2 : Never, never, hold the timber where the cutter is working!
(Red faced but all healed up now)
Maldon, Essex, UK
On Sat, 20 Sep 2003 11:45:24 +0000 (UTC), "Steve H"
Ok, I'll share . . .
I don't chop me up with power tools. They scare the bejezus outta me
and I try to be _real_ careful around those things.
I chop me up with _hand_ tools. No major bits missing, mind you, but
plenty of scars.
The current 'fresh set' came from a brand-new saw, of the Manuel
Variety. Got a new handsaw a while back, and finally needed to use
While starting the cut, which had to be fairly precise, I managed to
pull the saw back a bit too far and it popped out of the kerf (?) in
Bounced off my thumb, right at the cuticle. Didn't do anything but
bounce off and land on the wood.
Four deep lacerations from the joint down across the nail.
Hurt like hell, leaked a lot, invented several new words.
If I can do that much damage with a relatively minor 'bump', I don't
even want to _know_ how much damage the TS can do.
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Sorry to hear about any accident, no matter how small. I can one up you.
About 30+ years ago I was cutting some plywood with a portable circular saw
when I felt a small tug on my finger. When I looked at my finger, it was gone.
30 years later, and it's still missing!
Let me tell you form experience, it would have required no more effort on
your part to have cut your finger off also. Had you moved your finger 1/2"
closer to that blade, you would have told us about this after a trip to the
hospital. It would have hurt a lot more but there would have been no
resistance at all. Imagine cutting cheese with your saw. That is about how
much resistance your flesh and bone provides to the spinning saw blade. You
were VERY lucky this time. Let that be a lesson and BE CAREFUL...
Tis indeed a very sharp item, plus with the mass of the blade, it has a fair bit
I was putting in some trim for my brother's neighbors and was doing the cutting
and trimming in the garage. My three year old nephew came running up the
driveway unexpectedly as I was just positioning a piece of moulding to trim.
Going into instant "remove all sharp tools from the kid's grasp range" mode,
I turned to give a quick look around to see what had to be picked up real quick.
The fingernail from one finger just grazed the blade at a very acute angle, just
above the cuticle. The blade proceeded to go to within 1/8" of the tip of the
finger. Made a nice divot, plus a healthy amount of red stuff. Sharp blade makes
for a clean and painless cut. Pain comes later as the body goes into heal mode.
Took several weeks to fully heal, but all is well...fingernail still grows.
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Did that whilst handling some 8x4 sheets of 18mm mdf. Put it down by
letting it slide gently through my hands - only a few inches. I should have
gone straight to a palm reader to see what they made of the new
Wear handling gloves when moving the stuff now.
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
Yep, one of those nipped me a couple of years ago, didn't notice
anything until I saw I was leaking!
The manufacturers say there have been a number of cuts over the years
by folk not thinking, and picking them up by the winged edge. You can
get very close to the cutter doing that. Aarrgghh.
Nearly did a similar thing abou 15 years ago when helping an old joiner that
was changing some architraving at my parent's house.
Was moving the trimmer (with the handle still in) when noticed the blade
moving slowly towards fingers.... if I hadn't been quick I think that there
would have been a quick visit to the local A&E. This still gives me shivers
down my spine when I think about it!
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
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