Been there, done that. sunk a 1 1/2 " brad into arm bone just above wrist.
It pulled the skin down tight against the bone. I was lucky the very small
brad head didn't pull through the skin. I got out some diagonal side cutting
pliers and pulled the sucker out. Worked a 12 hour day after the mishap.
Didn't really start to hurt until it started swelling a bit once I knocked
off and headed home.
Be careful out there.
Last week while building a storage shed in the back yard, I put a 2 1/2 inch 15
gauge finishing nail about 3/4 inch into the fleshy part of my left thumb. It
ran the length of the thumb because I was holding the board about 5 inches
below the nailer. Holding the trigger down and letting if fire 3 or 4 nails
the end of the gun projected off the board edge on the last firing. Still on
the board enough to hold down the safety interlock it shot the last nail to
where I was holding the board. Have a new appreciation of the nailer now and
will be more careful in the future as you all should be. Just pulled it out
wrapped in in a klenex to absorb the blood and went back to work. Didn't
actually hurt too bad then but still throbs a little now a week later
Not the "real story"--similar thing happened to me, right here in the
good ol' USofA: last year I took a chunk out of my thumb on the TS,
right down to the bone. Took the on-call plastic surgeon nearly 8
hours to get to me. I left the ER 10 hrs. after entering, about
$3500 lighter. Granted 10 hrs. is not 22, but don't blame socialized
medicine. It's called triage, and shift change. Ask someone who
works in a hospital. When you pay that much for something, you'd
think you'd get better service.
Two years ago, while trying to nail some 2X4s together for pads after
a concrete pour at my friend's place, I drove a 3" spike in between my
left thumb and forefinger instead of the 2X4. Luckily, it did not hit
any bone. I immediately and unconsciously pulled it out. Someone drove
me to the hospital. I presented my Yukon medicare card and they
quickly filled out a form where most of the questions were about what
happened. A doctor saw me within 15 minutes, checked it out, gave me
tetanus shot and I was on my way home after about half an hour.
Socialized medicine, ain't it wonderful :-). Of course, it did not
make the news.
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On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 07:19:28 -0400, Joe Gorman
Friend of mine in Wales stuck a sewing machine (the pointy bit)
through his finger. At the hospital A&E (ER), he was seen immediately
- it counts as an "open fracture", and is thus treated seriously. On
inspection it hadn't damaged the bone and so was a truly minor injury,
but you couldn't fault the NHS' service.
On 20 Sep 2004 12:38:51 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Reed)
In Scottish/British usage, what exactly is a joiner? I am guessing
that he is a finish (trim) carpenter rather than a cabinet maker or
furniture builder, but that is really only a guess. Anyone know for
sure (maybe someone who actually lives in Scotland?)
On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 11:09:06 -0700, Tim Douglass
Good question - historical or contemporary ?
In contemporary usage, they could be anything (we're lax here).
Typically they're what the US would describe as "trim carpenters".
Historically is more interesting. Chests used to be called "arks" and
were made by arkwrights - still an extant surname. Later developments
went from the hollowed out log, the six-board chest and the
clamp-fronted ark, all as attempts to deal with the shrinkage of
timber with moisture content.
A much later development (imported from Europe) was the
frame-and-panel chest; the typical M&T frame with the free floating
panel that we still use today. This great new innovation was the
secret of a new trade - the "joiners", where only they and not mere
arkwrights knew the mysteries of this new craft. Displaced from
furniture, the arkwrights became rough carpenters of farm equipment
and later for machinery frames.
The terms "cabinetry" and "cabinetmaker" really belong to the 18th
century, and the developments of veneering and finishing.
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