Not sure if others have seen this site....
It's quite sobering to read about the accidents people have had with
their woodworking equipment. Some are due to obvious carelessness
(they admit so), but plenty are kickback-induced contact with blades
or flying lumber.
Thanks for posting this, Michael. It ought to be required reading every
couple of months. As I read some of the incidents, I kept thinking "Stupid!"
Then I read the horrible accident where the guy cut wood with unknown metal
in it. It made me stop and think. I don't have a metal detector. I think
I'll get one.
Its interesting how many people viewed use of a push stick as the panacea
for safety, when they obviously were setting up unsafe cuts. When I bought
my table saw, I quickly became annoyed that no safety or useage instruction
was available. I went to the store and asked for a book that had some good
sections on safety. I'm glad I did. Sometimes I think operating a tablesaw
ought to require a license. I bought a grip-tite setup two weeks ago and
will buy a Gripper next week. These are great tools for dramatically
reducing the risk (coupled with a brain that is engaged).
Yes I've read this site. Every time someone posts an accident here,
like one recently I ask them to post on this site to share their
experiences. Both rank amatures and seasoned vets have accidents. I
hope I never have to post on that site. A friend of mine just bought a
TS and I told him to please read the site before cutting anything on
Some of these stories though...you gotta wonder if some people should
take IQ tests before using machinery....like the one where the college
student, impatient for the BS to stop, decided to grab the blade....
On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 22:26:05 -0500, Michael Press
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Brian Henderson wrote:<br>
<pre wrap="">On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 06:39:07 GMT, "Subw00er" <a
href="mailto: email@example.com">< firstname.lastname@example.org></a>
<pre wrap="">As an entry-level woodworker, I"m wondering if its possible to work
shop for 25 years and NOT get hurt!? :)
I've been doing it on and off for about 20 years or so and I've yet to
be seriously hurt (ie. nothing that has left a permanent mark). It
isn't difficult to do if you're not in a hurry.</pre>
Whoops, now that you've said that, guess what's going to happen!<br>
No. The woodworking gods--just like the metalworking and
auto-mechanicking gods--all demand sacrifices payable in
blood. There are NO exceptions. Those of us who give more
frequently in smaller amounts are generally spared the
larger and nastier donations of full/partial appendages.
So buy a box or 3 of bandaids (my preference is the generic
flexible cloth type at half the J&J price) and give freely
and often. You'll be glad you did!
Hmmmmm. Me being the auto-meckanicing type, I have had my fair share
of blood letting. Does this mean when I put on my " I ar a wudwrker"
t-shirt that I will be spared. In other words, do I get credit when I
The Cabal clearly states that credit is only valid for wood only... Now if
you spake the super secret latin phrases whilst working with the wrenches,
make sure that said wrenches have hardwood handles and you MIGHT get some
credit for it. But you gotta use the right phrases....
Every occupaption/profession has something that can hurt you.
I worked with (and often in spite of) computers - what could
injure you there? You sit and type, look at the screen and
print or plot (remember plotters - the drum and pen versions?).
Well, before the days of ergonomic chairs, spending 4 - 6 hour
stretches each 10-12 hour work day for 6 or 7 months (during
what is now called "a mission critical task") in a crappy chair
can really screw up your lower back. Spent 3 extremely boring
months in traction and another couple of months in physical
therapy thanks to a severly herniated disk - from sitting for
extended periods of time in a lousy chair.
And hey, every once in a while a lawyer gets shot.
Me, I know most of my tools, and wood even, can hurt me.
Knowledge IS power.
Well, that all depends on what you consider "hurt". So far I haven't
been hurt seriously...well maybe once. I bought a cherry combo plane
only to have one (or both?) of my kittens try out their teeth on the
wooden knob. Now that hurt. :-(
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