My brother in law used to wear a vest made from slats of 1 x 2Θ or
something like human ribs sewn into the vest for work on a commercial
shaper. One day it happened and the shaper threw a blade at him. It didn't
quite cut completely through his human rib vest and possibly have saved his
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Cross cutting 3/8" x 2" x 18" ply on the TS to get a little 2" x 2
3/4" piece. I used the miter guage to get a square cut but DID NOT do
a stop block on the fence as I should have so the cross cut piece
binded between the fence and shot me in the dick.
When I started working this morning, I said a little prayer because I
was using my shop equipment for construction work around the house.
When I am not so worried about precision I somehow also get lax on
safety. I needed the cross cut a little item. I had the TS spinning so
I just grabbed the miter guage because it was at hand. It is two steps
to my miter saw. I didn't setup a stop block as that would require a
clamp (3 steps away). The piece was 2 3/4" and I have a rule to always
use a hold-down push stick on anything 2" or less but I often use my
hand on anything larger.
I am kind of tall and when I stand at the TS my "package" is about 3"
above the top of the table. I never realized that until today. When
that sucker bound-up and shot at me, it twisted my thumb to the point
of making it numb like it had been hit with a hammer. I know it could
have easily pulled it into the blade. The 2" x 2 3/4" little piece of
ply whacked me right on the head of my d#$%. It dropped me to my
knees. I had to go into the bathoroom and check on that little guy and
I was 50% sure there would be stitches involved. I started to think
about the discussion with the emergency room staff.
Luckily it was just a painful whack.
I was stupid. I was lucky. I broke out my sled to recut the little
piece. I might buy a leather apron.