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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:04 pm 
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for the last 6 1/2 days I have been at a hand specialist hospital in Baltimore. I was cutting a piece of oak on my table saw using both hands. I had a kickback and it forced my left hand into the blade. I lost about 1/4 of 2 fingers and almost a 1/4 of another. the 3rd was severed but they were able reattach it. I had unbelievable help from family and friends. it's so good to be home. my dog Sadie won't leave my side. the first thing I will do in my shop is to put the blade guard back on, and have all my push sticks handy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:37 pm 
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Larry,

Sorry to hear. Wishing you a quick recovery.

No matter how you view this profession/hobby, the reality is our fingers get close to whirling blades. I have had 2 surgeries from less serious accidents. One on a Band Saw and one with a knot that flew off a table saw. Things happen fast unfortunately.

We are all pulling for you now Larry.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:47 am 
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Larry
Sorry about the accident, thanks for posting so
we all may be more vigilant.
Hope you heal fast and you have may prayers

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:51 pm 
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Gosh Larry! Sorry to hear about this!
You said you had both hands on the oak.
Just so we know, were both hands on the fence side of the blade or one on each side of the blade?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:53 pm 
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Sorry about your injury heal quickly.
But Larry it is a reminder to us all never get complacent with our tools power or hand. As a novas woodworker I received broken ribs from kickback from a table saw lesson never stand behind what you are cutting, I saw someone run a screwdriver completely through their hand while assembling a wiring connector.
FYI: I still do the occasionally stupid thing have been blessed that I have not had a serious wood working accident.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:57 am 
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OMG Larry!!!!

Wow thats a terrible thing to have happened to you. Im glad your ok hopefully you'll continue with your woodworking. Unfortunately we all become complacent one time or another in our life including working with machinery. I was a Marine Machinery mech , working at civilian navy yards repairing shipboard equipment. As a apprentice they journeyman would tell us the machinery has no conscience . It will hurt you ad go on like nothing happened. Not to fear it but respect it.

Fast forward 40 years. I retired from the govt (another job a white collar one) on Sept 1st. It was Labor day weekend. I took my blade guard off and was using my right hand to push the piece through the blade.

I nipped the tip of my finger. Blod every where. It really scared me. First injury Ive had in 25 years of woodworking. Fortunately it wasnt as serious as yours. I learned I put the blade guard back on and started using push sticks.

It did affect me psychologically and I became almost afraid of the tool. Im getting better now. But very cautious of what it can do to a human body.

Get better buddy, heal up. Please let me know if theres anything I can do to help you help you.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:17 am 
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am very sorry - just hate hearing these stories - but it is a very strong reminder
heal fast
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:48 am 
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So sorry to hear you were hurt, Larry, but, Lord knows it could have been worse. I wish I could offer more relief & comfort than this keyboard will allow but know that I am grateful for the WAKE UP call and thankful to you for posting. Please keep us posted on your recovery. Get Well!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:08 pm 
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Dude! That sucks! I appreciate you thinking of our safety and sharing.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:17 pm 
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Sorry to hear about this Larry.


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