The guy that works in the office next to me cut off his index finger
and severely damaged the next three fingers while cutting some siding
at home this past weekend. I had a great deal of sympathy for him
until I found out how he did it. He was cutting some siding on his
house and couldn’t get to part of it with a circular saw so he
decided to attach the blade from the circular saw on a hand grinder.
Can you imagine! Picture standing on a ladder holding an electric
motor with a shaft and a 7-1/4 inch unguarded spinning blade in one
hand! He is “lucky” he only lost one finger, that thing
could have killed him.
Why do people take chances like this?
It reminds me for some reason of another time when I saw a guy with a
gas motor strapped to his back with a shaft and a propeller sticking
out of it just above his head. Luckily his buddy couldn’t get
it started, or that guy would have been dead, and probably a few
others around him. Why do people take chances like this?
On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 10:22:23 -0400, "Young Carpenter"
Nope. Darwin Award recipients are required to have removed their
genes from the pool permanently during their 'adventure'.
Not dead only gets you Honorable Mention, and you really gotta screw
yourself up to get that. Taking off a finger or three won't cut it.
[can't believe I said that . . . ]
the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
Yep, a Darwin award candidate on some future date.
Ordinary tools are dangerous enough without going looking for trouble.
Those lancelot carving wheels some folks use on right angle grinders
look extremely dangerous, and they have guards!
A Dremel tool with a little abrasive cutoff wheel would've worked and
On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 13:34:05 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
Ouch. Those'd hurt. When I replied earlier, I had in mind some thin
abrasive discs that are used at my employer on a Dremel. The do a
great job cutting sheet metal, but are as brittle as all get out.
They break with just a hard stare. Them little saw blades you point
out would do some wicked damage to flesh and not break.
If you're going to use "tiny sawblades" hand-held, then look at a Fein
Multimaster. It oscillates, rather than rotating. Cuts hard things
beautifully (they're used to take plaster casts off in hospitals) but
the worst you get from skin contact is a line of pinpricks.
I'm trying to production-engineer these right now:
Cutting the narrow stopped groove for the copper is a nightmare. Only
way I've found to cut them in reasonable time is a slitting saw in the
milling machine, and a custom-made fence to run the stock along. It's
an ugly lash-up and it's putting my fingers far too close to a
whirling sawblade, even with a pushblock 8-(
My surgical colleagues use some nice oscillating saws to cut bone. Low
risk of damage to soft tissues, plenty of control. Nice example at:
Any non-squeamish woodworker would enjoy the use of saw and jigs in
total knee replacement.
"Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit,"
Reverend Jim Peasboro
Yup. Nasty scar running across four fingers attests to that.
I now use them _rarely_, and with serious consideration aforehand.
Still, there are a very few jobs where nothing else will do.
Otherwise I use the cut-off wheels, sanding drums, and plethora of
other decidedly more safe Dremel attachments.
There are two main varieties of cut-off wheels for Dremels, the
'plain' type and the reinforced type. The differences are readily
seen; the reinforcing fabric in the latter is quite obvious. The
'plain' wheels shatter in a New York Second, but the reinforced
variety are pretty tough customers. I use 'em to slice up stainless
sheet and tube when building control fittings for the models.
the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
On 17 Sep 2003, Doug Miller spake unto rec.woodworking:
... and they either don't have, or choose to ignore, that little voice in
their heads that screams "DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!" when preparing to do
something that puts them at the head of the line for the natural selection
email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
You know, I don't buy that theory, not all the time. Now the guy that lost
all his fingers trying to trim his hedges by picking up his running
lawnmower was definitely in that category but sometimes anxious beats out
stupid. So does frustration, lack of money, anger, boredom, and fatigue.
We've all gotten away with, and been bitten by stupid things like this.
That was Bill Engvall (his goofy sidekick from the TV show). He came out
with a CD a couple of years ago called "Here's Your Sign". My wife
played that thing till it practically wore out. While it was popular,
you couldn't listen to a country station here in Phoenix for more than
about 10 minutes without hearing it.
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