Posts such as that continue to remind me that complacency can have tragic
results. To be frank, I worry more about those who feel they are above such
reminders because they feel it can't / won't happen to them. Unfortunately,
that is where such complacency normally strikes sooner than later.
I appreciate the reminder. It will affect my behavior, because he claimed
full responsibility for it. His mental state was the same as I would have
when they think I think I am working safely. The worst thing for my safety
is the lack of accidents. It builds a sense of getting used to operations
being safe. I try to always try to consciously focus on the sharp,
motorized, moving cutting edges as much as the cut I am making. (And which
direction I am pressing my hands toward, which is sometimes, unavoidably,
the sharp cutting edges.)
I'm of the opinion that these posts are a reminder to the rest of us
that accidents happen in the blink of an eye. I don't share your idea
that they are "gloats"? The OP didn't appear to be bragging, did he??
Yesterday while chatting with my neighbors, the husband had his Crapsman
TS on the sidewalk next to his house so that he could cut 2x4"s
"on-site" for trimming out a bay window. I watched in fasination at his
stupidity in freehanding oblique cuts with no eye protection, and while
standing in line with the blade. After he did that a couple of times I
mentioned to him the mantra of standing to the side, ALWAYS wear
goggles, and NEVER freehand a cut. He even had a miter gauge sitting on
the TS!! Needless to say, when I mentioned the goggles, his wife got on
his case too. She's got more sense than he does, apparently.
Other Brother Kevin wrote:
I think that "I don't get it" is going to get it, the hard way. After he
runs his hand up against a moving blade one time, he will forever tell
people to be careful. Until then, I think that just the idea that it could
happen to him scares him so badly that he doesn't want to even think of it,
much less being reminded by others that it will happen to him. And if he is
lucky, like some of us, he won't loose anything.
I wish him all the best, and hope that he never finds out the hard way how
easy it is to loose parts on himself.
One thing that constantly scares me anytime I get around power tools (or guns,
or aircraft, or cars) is that a mere moment of inattention can do irrepairable
harm. Private pilots tend to have their first (and last) accident at around 300
hours, when they they get too comfortable behind the stick. I'll bet the same
thing happens to woodworkers after they've used a TS or BS for a couple hundred
I hope I never get less respectful of my power tools than I am of my handgun.
Howard Lee Harkness
Texas Certified Concealed Handgun Instructor
Gee, I must not be the norm; I almost stuck a wing into the ground at the San
Airport on my second or third ever landing. There was a bit of a crosswind and
training hadn't covered that yet!! Fortunately for myself and my instructor, she
quickly grabbed the controls and punched the throttle to get us heading straight
level. That gave me quite an adreneline rush. The only manuevors that provided
that much of a thrill was a stall in an unfamiliar plane. I usually trained in
or two planes, but I ended up training at a different flight school, Amelia Reed
near the end of my flying days. The planes I usually flew had a noticeable
instability when they reached stall, but that last sucker I flew kept its nose
pointing straight ahead, and wings level. BTW, I was flying "under the hood",
had no visual reference or our attitude. Then the instructor calmly informed me
take a look at the altimeter. We were falling straight down like a rock and I
couldn't feel it. She warned me to gently recover or we would be in deep doo
The feeling of recovering from that stall was like the wildest ride at an
park times 10. Whoa!
Howard Lee Harkness wrote:
They were one lucky group! I'm envisioning your buddy telling his friends, "I
was just showing off my stunt flying skills for you guys; we weren't ever in any
real danger". Like Chevy Chase acts when he's asleep at the wheel of the Queen
Family Truckster in "Vacation" and the car ends up in the motel parking lot--he
said something to the effect of "OK, everyone, were here; up and at um!" . He is
nonchalant about their sleeping car ride.
I heard you the first time. No need to keep repeating yourself unless
you think couting coup is better than Gloating.
I do agree that some folks do GLOAT about how much they suffered,
how they narrowly avoided death, or whatever.
That's fine by me. I prefer learning from their mistakes over in-
Now YOU are repeating everyone else.
If I want to learn the proper way to use a machine I'm not going to
There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few
who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric
fence for themselves.
I can only imagine. Never have used a wood bandsaw. They turn fast, don't
they? My metal bandsaw stays permanently dialed for 80 fpm. I'm ever
aware that the thing cuts through steel like butter, but yet I don't find
it terribly intimidating because it's so slow, and fine-toothed (28 tpi).
I never really thought about the two-hand rule, but thinking about it now,
it's a *good* idea. I had a similarly bone-headed misadventure grinding
off one of my knuckles on my spare hand.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
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