posted on May, 9 2013 @ 07:21 PM
reply to post by DAVID64
I which they had this 20 years ago, BEFORE
I used to be an avid woodworker, creating solid Oak desks, chessboards and chess pieces from Walnut and Poplar, and many other projects. I
blueprinted all my creations in the process. The first accident wasn't so bad, just the end of my thumb on my right hand, while cutting out a piece
of 3/4 inch Walnut trim. Many million saw cuts later, fate struck again, this time my left thumb, the table saw blade ripping neatly through my
distal phalanx and proximal phalanx, nearly through, on a diagonal slice.
I can remember my thumb barely attached, the saw shredding the tendons in the interphalangeal joint.
That REALLY hurt.
The ER said there wasn't much left to put back together, that they could stitch it up, but there was nothing they could do about the shredded
tendons. 21 years later, I'm a Mechanic with each finger insured for 6000 USD each. My left thumb is permanently in Extension, no Flexion
I have a full range of movement otherwise. I don't do much woodworking anymore, losing heart from my own stupidity, just a project here or there.
Please, folks, keep the safety guards on your table saws, or get one of those units. Like I said, I wish I had one 20 years ago. Believe me, I use
the safety guards and push sticks now. Everything gets a feather board before a cut, and my fingers don't get anywhere near the blade. You live and
Great thread, DAVID64, SnF.