This didn't involve any blood, just lots of swearing....
I needed to cut a 45 on a length of treated lumber, so I cranked the
angle all the way over to 45 degrees. No problem so far. Treated
piece of lumber is 2x10 so I needed to adjust the blade higher.... The
handle was at the bottom of the turn so I got lots of speed on the way
up, lots of speed right up until my thumb joint contacted the fence
rail and my cranking stopped suddenly as my swearing started.
Something to the effect of son of effin b***** no good rotten b....
well, you get the idea. I was sure that I'd broken my thumb but
luckily I didn't.
Not sure that I can blame the design of the saw (it's a Grizzly) but if
I were to design one today, guess where there'd be a little more
That's the "other" reason we were taught in shop 101 not crank the blade on
a table saw too fast ... the first was so that you didn't slam into the
pre-set stops. <g>
Maybe teaching shop in primary schools was not such a bad idea after all. ;)
I've done similar things before. I was dropping the blade below the
table to switch to a dado head, spinning the wheel as fast as I could
and my hand slipped, came flying off the handle and smacked into the
front fence rail hard. Left really nice purple bruises across the top
of my hand.
Ouch. Glad you're okay.
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