Bought a couple of extra long up spiral router bits for my mortising jig.
Decided to try some template routing so installed the bushing and collar and
bit in my M12V - a brand new one I had in a drawer so I hadn't reworked the
plunge springs etc.
IAC, I had the router on the bench and was checking to be sure it wasn't
rubbing on the guide collar so I pressed down on the router plate and
compressed the springs while I grabbed the bit (by the business end) and
started to rotate the bit between left thumb and forefinger. It was rubbing
the collar so I released a wee bit of the pressure I was holding on the
plate with my right hand and wham! - the strong spring load slammed the
plate to the top of its travel, pushing my left hand along with it. This is
the hand that was clutching bravely to the bit.
Those suckers are SHARP!
And for those who haven't tried it - getting bloodstains out of white oak is
Walked around the shop for the rest of the day saying "Dumb!"
Moral of the story - routers can bite you even when they're not plugged in.
There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
Similar thing happened to me this past summer when I was building
those garden benches. Only in my case, it was a new, really sharp hand
saw that I'd bought at Lee Valley and I didn't even know I'd cut my
hand. While assembling a bench, I noticed streaks of red on it and was
confused as hell trying to find out where all this 'red' was coming
On Oct 15, 8:21 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sounds like the cuts I get from my scraper planes. I am totally aware
that the things have a taste for blood, but they still get me. I'll
just barely touch one, and then it's the waiting game to see how long
the cut will take to start to bleed. Sometimes I'm pulling the cut
open and it still doesn't bleed, so I think I got lucky. Next morning
there's a sore spot and the start of a scab.
The creepiest explanation of 'sharp' I ever heard was from a 5-foot
German machinist with round wire-rim glasses who was talking about
planer knives and with a thick german accent said: "Those knives must
be so sharp than when you touch them, they schtick to you."
The worst of all is to change a cutting blade on a paper cutting guillotine,
the blades are about 1/2" thick, several inches tall and range from 30" long
up to 48" long and can weigh several pounds. A newly sharpened blade is as
sharp as a razor blade, move the blade the wrong way or grab it wrong can
sever fingers or tendons. No one was allowed to go near the guy who got to
change the blade while he was working on it as he could not afford to loose
Reminds me of the blade on a big offset press I used to work on which was
set up to cut magazine cover stock on the fly (couple/few thousand fpm).
five foot (at least) long blades rotating on a cylinder. cover stock went
between this blade and a fixed piece of steel. the blade and the fixed
piece never touched, but they severed that magazine cover stock neat as you
please. I never did ask what the tolerences were between the two. I wish I
had. Certainly, it was something that you'd never want to get too close to
with a finger.
This is a good cautionary tale for me as I am still making friends with
my first plunge router -- a Milwaukee -- and getting ready to make about
a dozen mortises for the latest project.
Vic Baron wrote:
I never touch the business end of a router bit without leather gloves.
I've been bitten a few times, and prefer to avoid it. A good pair of
leather gloves runs about $10. Cheap enough to buy two (pairs!)
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
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