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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Default The Day I routed My Finger

I have no shame to tell you that I am as newbie as they get, as you once were, as I am.

Well gents this is quite redemptive that I am now a part of a router forum. In fact the router is the tool I fear the most...

It all began one Sunday night in my backyard; I was building the first set of many cabinet doors that I have built. However this set was different. Much as I am a newbie here, I was a newbie my backyard that is. Never before had I built cabinet doors. So it was probably not the brightest ideas to attempt this on a Sunday night after already working 65 hrs that week.

In one most moronic move I decided to wipe some wood shavings off of the table while looking away for a brief second. I then heard a rather creapy sound--the sound of something being routed, when nothing should be being routed. Well said thing happened to be my finger. Even as I type this, the nerve tingling still brings back the pleasant memory.

After a brief pause I looked down to see that a fairly large portion of my finger--that once was--was no longer! I also noticed that my shirt had a few splatter marks on it, that when looked at in the right light, kind of looks like finger juice!

Anyway the name is Sean. I am a newbie. Oh yes, I am a newbie.

PS... I am probably not the guy to ask safety tips from!!!

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Welcome Sean, I too routed a chunk of my thumb once and still do this day cannot figure out how I did it.... I have learned since then and now am Super Safe and use clamps plus double check everything before I go ,,, only sometimes my math and or direction may not be right I am SAFE

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To the contrary, you are the perfect person to ask about safety.
Years ago, I taught at technical college and one of the subjects was safety. We had a young apprentice who tried to cut his arm off between elbow and wrist at his place of employment because [I]someone[I] removed the safety gaurd to speed up the process.
Needless to say, he had a profound effect on the rest of the trainees and their attitude to safety and what they in turn had effect on their employers....hence you are the right person to ask / talk about safety.
The university of life experience is the greatest teacher......
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Welcome to the forum, Sean.

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I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

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Welcome Sean.
Here's one of mine...
I was cutting wood on a table saw and a thin strip got pinched at the fence and shot backwards. It went thru my shirt and stuck into a wood fence about 10 feet behind me (like an arrow). I had a very slight scratch on my side where it grazed me. If I hadn't been slightly turned, I would have been stuck like a shishcabob.

Its been push sticks ever since, ON EVERY CUT.
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Welcome to the forum! I tried to do some damage to My finger, anddid a good job twice! I was forunate, however that only one finger, and one thumb was involved!! I shortened My left longest finger about 3/4 of an inch, using the jointer. Some how, I managed to get the end of My finger under the safety plate, and cut a piece of bone, and finger including a nail. If You look at it today, it looks that the nail just grew in short. The other cut My thumb, or hit My right hand thumb with a molding head cutter! Broke the thumb in 5 pieces between the first knuckle, and the end of My finger! I was home along, and all I could think of is driving to the local hospital, about five miles away. That one also turned out well,and You cannot see the wound from it. They feel a bit funny, but I had the Lord watching over Me, for sure. I was in My eairly fiftys then, Seventeen years ago. You are in good company, and an accident can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye!!!

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My dad was in the printing industry and I remember several of his co-workers were sporting shortened fingers. My dad prided himself that he still had all of his. I learned from him. Still got mine, too.

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As a kid, I was tring to make a Bot Scout neckerchief slide from some wood and metal. My Dad was not around to assist or supervise, but I was an 11 year old, and I knew everything. So I plugged in the old electric drill, and inserted a good sharp 1/4" drill bit - nice and tight with the Jacobs chuck key, and proceeded to hand hold the objects while drilling through them - right into my left thumb. Sometimes the easiest lessons are learned the hardest ways. I hope you heal quickly, and always remember to be safer.

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Sean, welcome, and no worries. I took of 1/8" off my finger on the joiner because, being the non-smart person that I was, I took the guard off. Interesting fact, I had the joiner set for 1/32" each pass, my finger hit the joiner blade 4 times. I had lost exactly 1/8" off my finger. Who'd would have thunk?

Anyways, welcome, this is where you will learn not to fear the router, but to respect it.

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Thanks for the warm welcome, and sharing the stories. It is always good to know that you are not the only one! I will look forward to hearing some more stories and gleaning from the fields of wisdom that are in this forum.

I am very glad to say that I did learn my lesson, and have not since tried to re-shap any body parts!

May our carbide only know wood, and that alone!!!
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