I put the mirror above the fireplace and it is almost done. I glued the
mirror to MDF, and placed 1X2's around the hole. I am using 1" cove
molding to hold and trim the mirror.
That is the good news. As I said it is almost done, except for a piece
of 1X2 that will fill the gap between the mantle and the trim on the
mirror. I set the table saw up carefully as this was an important cut.
I planned to make two runs through the saw to get the exact dimension.
I set every thing up with feather boards, the whole nine yards. Then
I did something stupid. I set the out feed feather board to the width
of the piece I wanted, not the width of the piece I was ripping. The
bottom line is the wood hit the outboard feather board and I had to
adjust it. After a series of attempts to get things back on the right
track, I ended up getting my fingers in the saw blade. While there
could have been considerably more damage, the blade abraded my pointing
finger and cut into the end of my third finger from the thumb.
Basically partially pealed the flesh off of the end of the finger.
Fortunately I make these cuts with minimum blade above the wood,
otherwise there would have been more damage.
To make matters worse after I had washed of the hand and was getting
ready to go out to the car to go to the hospital, I passed out. I have
not done that in ages.. It was kind of neat, in that I thought I was
driving the car, and then realized no one was, I became concerned that
is when I came to. My wife was not happy at that point in time. As we
were getting in the car she asked if I had my billfold, and I said
"yes". However when we made a bathroom stop, I realized that it was
not there, so my wife called my older daughter and ask her to get my
billfold and bring it to the hospital. My younger daughter was there
when we got there and my other daughter and the billfold arrived about
20 minutes later. The doctor sewed the hanging skin back in place.
That was 10 days ago. We went in and they removed the stitches. It is
healing nicely, but I will still need a bandage on the one finger. The
pointing finger is nearly healed but I will still put something on it
when I am out side for protection.
This weekend I am going to do something else I have not done since since
the 8th grade. I am going to be part of a live nativity at the church
of Friday night. After last weeks events my wife said I should be a
Wiserman, but I don't know what I will be assigned.
Feel your pain ... stuck the ring finger of my left hand in the impeller
of a leafblower two weeks ago to the point you could see the bone
through the gash on the tip of the finger.
While it now looks almost healed on on the surface, it is definitely not
on the inside ... and, as you are no doubt painfully familiar, nothing
sticks out like a sore digit ... hit it on everything. :(
Here's to your quick healing and full recovery.
I feel your pain. I've had a couple of accidents with the table saw too,
including a kickback from a piece of 1/4" lauan (sp) plywood that hit my
left index and middle finger. Had to have plastic surgery on the injured
tendon. All is well now ...
Hope you heal well and soon. Merry Christmas ...
... It is healing nicely, but I will still need a bandage on the one finger. The pointing finger is nearly healed but I will still put something on it when I am out side for protection. This weekend I am going to do something else I have not done since since the 8th grade. I am going to be part of a live nativity at the church of Friday night. After last weeks events my wife said I should be a Wiserman, but I don't know what I will be assigned.
Sorry to hear about the damage and glad to hear it wasn't worse. I had a somewhat similar bite when making a mid cut adjustment on a bandsaw (details witheld) helping me learn one more safety tip "just make cuts on a moving blade and make adjustments to stopped machinery."
Not sure about your exact setup but it should be pretty rare that you need feathers on a TS in the first place and you should NEVER have them anywhere past the front cutting edge (in my opinion). It just makes for too much of a pinch possibility on the backside which equals kick-back, which can remove fingers without them ever touching the blade.
I was under the impression it is better to have featherboards near the fron
end of the saw blade, not on the back. But there should be some anti-
kickback device on the back. Luckily my Craftsman has those on the
My past practice is to put the infeed feather board so it puts pressure
to keep the board against the fence and the out feed feather board
lightly pushing so the board does not move away from the fence.
Basically to provide some control and stability during the final part of
the rip. The same idea as using an infeed and an out feed feather board
on a router table.
For the latter, the mounting of my sawblade guard has a splitter-like
portion, to which the antikickback pawls are attached. It's the splitter
that would prevent board movement after it passed through the sawblade.
But I will keep this in mind for some of the weirder cuts I have been
doing recently, and for dado-type cuts. Thanks!
I guess it's whatever works for your particular situation, but I can say
with 100% certainty that you will never see a featherboard on my table
saw, on a through cut, anywhere else but the front of, and not past, any
tooth where the the blade exits the insert.
You can't. Which is why he shouldn't do it (as you know).
If he feels the need for pressure there he should buy a set of Board
Buddies...those shaped wheel gizmos that attach to the fence and hold the
work down and in. I don't use them, too cheap, but I do use a piece of
shaped polycarbonate that accomplishes the same thing.
I bought the Board Buddies a few weeks ago and used them for the first time to rip some 2x cherry. Worked great. Finger board at the front of the blade and BB holding down the stock. Only wrinkle is that the forward BB restricts the use of a push stick for thinner cuts.
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