Potentially the most dangerous tool in the shop is either the table saw or
more likely the shaper . Free handing a complex piece with a cutter inches
away from your fingers, with three HP and goodness knows how much torque
powering it is to say the least disconcerting if not bloody scary.
In particular when using a collar trying to get the piece on the collar
sometimes is difficult enough where you rely on your own strength and
fortitude to fight the Machine before the collar can be utilized to take the
Avoiding accidents on this type of machine involves careful planning
beforehand and intense concentration when use .mjh
Agreed 100%. After reading the cautions in the owner's manual for my shaper, I
concluded that anyone who reads that, and is not a bit scared of what the tool
can do, is not sensible enough to use it.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
He didn't ask which had the most potential - he asked which one has
actually injured you.
Mine would be Chisel, Sander, 12" miter saw (pulled the wrong plug when
I was changing the blade - it didn't hurt me but it cost me a new pair
Although I've had the typical scraped knuckles, finger tips, etc. from a
belt sander, I believe the table saw has the most potential. There seems to
be a lot of "variables" in it's use (set up, blade height, etc.) It's the
only tool I've been fortunate enough to only have a close call with - cut
the side of my finger off at the tip 4 years ago (and it still causes me
problems although it was very minor.)
However, if someone isn't being careful, they can all become the "most
dangerous." You did hear about the guy who cut himself with a bandsaw . .
. didn't you?
The only accident I have had so far, knock wood, is a tiny little piece
kicked back by the TS that hit me in the side and left small bruise and
scrape. But then I AM a newbie and just need more time probably.
I lost the tips of five fingers in 1958 to the jointer. My fault. Removed
the guard to flat plane a section of a checkerboard made of 2x2 squares of
walnut and maple. Now, one of these fingers is stiff, and I have cut it two
more times -- table saw and router table -- because of the stiffness. I
also have scars from the drill press [nothing serious, but a friend lost a
finger when the bit caught in a steel bar he was drilling and became a
propellor]. But then, I also have an old scar on my belly from a pet
rabbit, so maybe I scar easily. harrym
Greetings and Salutations...
Well, while I have no SERIOUS disasters
to report (although I can report that it is a BAD
idea to whip the cut end of a nylon rope by
heating it to melting point, then, absent-mindedly
starting to squeeze it with one's ungloved hand)
it has been my observation that *I* (directly,
and, indirectly any human) in the shop are often
the most dangerous tools.
And I mean that in the best possible
I do own a table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, routers, drill presses,
osculating sander, stationary belt sander, planner, jointer, lathe, chain
saw, a whole bench of various power hand tools, a large wall of hand tools.
and other power and hand tools. I spend at least 12 hours a day in the shop
5days a week and average 8 hours a day on weekends. I make my living in the
shop and make all the small pieces of wood my self, have a collage degree in
Industrial Arts and am accreted by my state as a folk artist. Any other
comments on my credits?
On Wed, 27 Aug 2003 09:02:12 -0500, "Sweet Sawdust"
Do you osculate with this sander while it's plugged in?
That would definitely make this one the most dangerous.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
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