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Old 10-07-2009, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well as hard as this is to admit, table saw 1, jerry 0. 15 stitches and see the ortho guy next week. wasnít trying to take a chance, or short cut safety (but I did), didn't feel tired, or in a hurry just reached for the push pad and must not have lifted my hand enough and it got me. Dad always said keep the blade 1/8 or 1/4" out of the wood. I could have lost a lot more. So how was your day?

It broke the ring finger at the first knuckle. What is strange is that the middle finger was only scratched.

The foolish thing is I had taken the advice of a friend and seasoned woodworker and had the blade guard off. I do not fault him; at 65 I can make my own decisions. I would suggest to all or any of my friends, be careful with how you might council someone. Safety rules are nearly always written in blood. The problem here was not and is not my friend, I am the only one who is to blame.

I am learning several valuable lessons here and with your permission i will share them with my friends on the forum. You are never a failure till you blame your mistakes on other people. Take ownership of your failures, you can change yourself but not others. Never compromise your convictions, if you know something to be right stand your ground, the fingers you save may be your own. When in doubt error on the side of safety.

I must excuse myself and get ready for church, I teach a class on Wednesday evenings. I will continue later. Thanksí to so many of you that will support me to recovery. I want to get in there already!!!

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Old 10-07-2009, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So sorry to hear that, Jerry. That's really too bad. I'm glad it wasn't worse.
It got me, too. My first and second fingers on the right hand. Cut 1/16 off the tops of the fingers from the nail past the 2nd knuckle.
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Jerry,

Sorry for your injury. I hope that you are the last in the long line of incidents we have had this past month or so. Keep your spirits up, and remember that it could have been much worse. I am in constant amazement as to how fast my hand has been healing. Hopefully the same will continue for you!

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Hi Jerry and thanks for making this post as we discussed on the phone. It may just help someone from making the same mistakes when we take the time to share our own with others.

I'll keep you in my prayers buddy and hope the healing process is swift and complete. If you need anything, you know where to find me.
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Jerry sorry to hear this. I have to admit though I don't have my guard on my saw. But I would not recommend this to anyone that is my own personal preference. And if it happens to me like you won't have anyone to blame but myself. I'll put you on the ever growing prayer list for a speedy recovery.
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I am saddened by this post, but glad to hear you are OK. I will lift you up in prayer for sure.
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Sorry to hear this Jerry. I will say a prayer for you right now that you recover fast. Ok did it.
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So sorry, Jerry. I too will keep you in prayer. I know how it is, I crushed and lost the tip of my left thumb where I work at about 11 years ago. Healed ok but is a constant reminder of what can happen.
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Jerry you know I wish you a speedy and full recovery. Don't beat yourself up too much, table saw accidents have happened with the guard on. I know a lot of us, myself included, remove it. And I have a great fear of my table saw after experiencing a couple of kick backs. I have been using the G-R-R-Ripper for the last month or so and it does make me feel a bit safer about using the saw with the guard off. But nothing is fool proof.
Thanks for posting and for reminding us all that it only takes a blink to change everything. Let yourself heal, inside and out.
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