What in your opinion is the most dangerous tool in your wood shop, based on
the number and severity of injuries you have received, not on what you have
heard from other people.
My vote is first the stationary belt sander, Forever letting small wood
pieces get away and scraping fingers, and second the drill press same
I tend to agree. It really still depends on the operator and how safe they
A sander will give you some nasty "road rash" a table saw will take off body
parts. Personally I think the hand held circular saw causes a lot more terrible
accidents but that is because people tend to get a lot more reckless with them.
My wife is the the construction business and these accidents are pretty common.
They also have a lot of people "nailing" themselves with framing nailers. One
guy managed to put a 16 penny nail in the roof of his mouth and didn't really
know what happened until they got him to the ER.
The human brain, because when it stops working whether due to haste,
exhaustion, or any other cause everything else can and often will to hell.
For instance a few days ago while cutting rabbets in picture frames with a
straight trim router bit my dust chute became clogged. I turned off the router,
waited for the bit to stop spinning and not wanting to have to redo my fence
setup I just slid my finger into the slot to clean it out unfortunately I
grazed the bit and have a nice 5/16" cut(as measured with calipers to prove to
SWMBO that it was not that bad). Blood in white oak is not a pretty sight,
bright side is the table top was freshly waxed so no blood stains there.
You're question doesn't quite have an answer the way it's phrased. I haven't
hurt myself any of my tools within recent memory, but it doesn't mean they're
all at the same danger level.
I've always put the drill press, belt grinder, and scroll saw in the "safest
tool" catagory. The table saw, shaper, and jointer are the ones to watch out
for. Flying and impaled body parts can ruin a good day.
I've never put a forstner bit through my hand, either, but I'm sure it's
happened at one time or another. All tools are dangerous, given the proper
My sympathy if you are talking from experience. That doesn't sound pretty.
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have
learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being
For me, it has to be the humble screwdriver.
Three times over the last 25 years, I've put screwdrivers straight through
one of my fingers, usually when (mis)using one to remove a circlip.
I did eventually learn from this repeated painful experience and bought a
of circlip pliers.
Now, if you had asked which tool has the most potential for danger,
that would have to be the table saw but luckily, I've not found a way
of removing circlips with the TS yet
I have to admit. I get very giggly when I see someone using a
sharp pen-knife, or screwdriver to force something. Its not
funny exactly, but a feeling of hysteria sets in when I see their
hand begin to tremble, jamming the the small metal object at
whatever they're working on. I can't NOT watch it, but I feel
like covering my eyes still.
And invariably it ends up with the implement slipping forward,
and the person grabs one hand or the other tightly to stop the
bleeding. Sometimes it just results in a bad blood blister or
torn off finger nail...
Rule of thumb. If you have ANYTHING in your hand that
you are applying force to, and any part of you, or the tool
begins trembling, start over and find a better way...
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
Paramedics showed up across the street a couple of weeks ago. They
treated the young man (early 20's) for a puncture wound to the
inner thigh (yeah, about 2" away from the jewels). Turns out he
was trying to separate frozen ravioli with a knife.
On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 23:06:06 -0500, "Sweet Sawdust"
i would have to agree with Bill who posted on this one,,,
the most dangerous thing in my shop is the operator of the tool...
if i don't keep my mind on what i am doing all the time, i am
of course, my wife says if i had half a brain i would be
dangerous..but that's another matter all together.
Worst single injury: a back saw. holding on to a board, to 'stabilize' it in
a light-duty vice, while hand-sawing, and "didn't notice" that my hand was in
the path of the blade. Untill it was about 1/16" into the -bone- of the 1st
joint of my finger, that is. No pain, very little blood -- only about a 1.5"
long scar to show for it. oh, yeah. 35+ years ago.
most injuries: the paper I have plans, cut-lists, "whatever" listed on
Second place: hammer. hit the nail right on the thumb, or equivalent.
I've -never- had an injury with a power tool.
On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 23:06:06 -0500, "Sweet Sawdust"
Who cares ? I've not yet sawn an arm off, I know some of my machines
could easily do it. The _potential_ for injury is more important than
its past history.
For past injuries, it's my chain blocks. Dropped some girder on my
foot once and squashed a foot flat.
In thirty years of futzing around in the shop, I've had one minor accident
with the table saw. However, if the total number of painful experiences is
to be believed, the trusty old hammer should have a skull and crossbones
etched on it.
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