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I was in the shop working on some shelf supports for my daughters new house (new project she just came up with), and I was chopping some 1x3's x 5" long and I, getting to much in automatic mode, left my sample that I was scribing my stock with, too close to the stock, and when I dropped the blade through the stock, the blade hit my sample and shot it towards the lumber, with my thumb in between holding the lumber in place. Ouch!! Didn't do a whole lot of damage, but it sure did hurt!! It's turned a bit more purple on the side since I took this picture. But pain is gone. Iced it up for about an half hour after. Will remember to move the sample out the way!!.
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Ouch indeed!! The pain might be gone, but I bet it takes a while for the numbness to leave it.
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Glad to hear it wasn't worse Lee . I had a piece of plexiglass leave my router at 500 mph and my hand hurt so bad I was seriously afraid to look at it as I was almost certain I was going to be short a few digits
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That automatic mode will get you every time!
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You were lucky it wasn't serious. Glad you're OK. I've noticed that something hurts so bad that you don't think of cussing, you may be in trouble.

I learned something useful last week. When you get ready to hit something with a hammer, make sure your thumb isn't still on top of what you're hittng. See attachment.
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Lee, glad that it wasn't any worse. We all get in the "Automatic mode" at one time or another. My suggestion? Take two aspirin and don't call me in the morning. lol
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I understand. I was cutting some small pieces of orange and pecan the other day for smoke chips on the bandsaw. When the pieces got small I was using another piece of wood as a push block. But hen I quit paying attention. Pushed a short one without a pushblock that did not want to go blade came out a little off line asliced deep across the end of my thumb. A week later and it is still very sore. Will be along time before I do that again
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Anything like that that doesn't result in loss of function, permanent disfigurement, or amputation is just a learning experience. After that it becomes an unfortunate incident. Some of us are more experienced than others.

Lee this is a good post to remind us to keep your immediate work area clean.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Glad that was the extent of it Lee! Thanks for posting the visual reminder to be safe.
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Never take you eyes off your work, or sharp/high speed tools, if you do let yourself do this then don't let yourself get too attached to your body parts, as you won't have them all when you die. N
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