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#263345 by vrodbrad » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:38 am

So back on Saturday I was using my jointer and the guard popped off the board caught and went just right that three of my fingers went into the spinning blades. Yep lost three fingers at the index knuckles.

So here is my safety tip. Whether you buy used or new go over your safety equipment and make sure it works the way it is suppose to. It may prevent an injury like mine or worse

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#263346 by BuckeyeDennis » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:12 am

vrodbrad wrote:So back on Saturday I was using my jointer and the guard popped off the board caught and went just right that three of my fingers went into the spinning blades. Yep lost three fingers at the index knuckles.

So here is my safety tip. Whether you buy used or new go over your safety equipment and make sure it works the way it is suppose to. It may prevent an injury like mine or worse

That is all


Yikes, I'm very sorry to hear this! :eek: I believe that's the worst Shopsmith injury I've seen on this forum, going back to 2012.

I'd like to learn more about what went wrong, as I surely don't want to ever have a similar accident. Have you figured out what went wrong with your jointer guard?

Were you edge jointing, or face jointing? I generally hold the board with my bare hands when edge jointing, but use push blocks when face jointing.

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#263347 by Hobbyman2 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:51 am

Yikes !! very sorry to hear this as well , I also know these kinds of injures can cause people to leave the hobby . father of a very good friend of my lost a couple fingers on a table saw , I nearly lost a thumb on a power miter box years ago ,band saws are another dangerous tool , saw guards are very important and they do serve a purpose . I wish you a fast recovery .

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#263351 by vrodbrad » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:03 am

Thanks Hobbyman. I will stay with the hobby. It helps. With my ptsd and is relaxing for me. Will get back to the wood once healed

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#263352 by vrodbrad » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:04 am

Thanks for the question Buckey. I was face jointing. Which brings up a very good point you mentioned. I was not using my push block. That could have saved me the pain also. Not sure about guard yet have not been back to my tools yet. My guess the knob was not on securely to hold guard properly. Not sure though.

I few things I did not do caused my injury. And could possibly been avoided I.E dibble checking safety guards to make sure they are working properly. Always use push blocks not your hands

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#263353 by dusty » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:14 am

PUSH BLOCK for ALL face jointing operations!!!

I have had a couple close calls but luckily have not paid the price.

I am very sorry to hear about your experience.

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#263375 by john » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:13 pm

Never like to read this type of post!

We all get a litlle complacent over time but your experience quickly brings us back to reality.

I hope your injury heals quickly.

John

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#263380 by bainin » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:51 pm

Very sorry.

Thank you for reminding us all that its safety first.

I recalled seeing this shopsmith jointer accident awhile back.
It sounds somewhat similar, involving a guard failure of some sort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH7B4AewocE


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#263389 by vrodbrad » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:24 am

I agree complacencies played a big factor. Not doing what I know I should be doing cause I did not take. Not making sure the knob on guard was secure cause thinking it was already secure. And thinking I am only doing this one board and it will be quick it will take longer to get my push blocks. If I would of taken that little bit of extra time my injury most likely.

So to all. Take that extra time. It could save you having an injury like I did or even worse no matter what you are working on.

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#263400 by chapmanruss » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:21 pm

I hope you are well on your way to recovering from your incident. Thank you for sharing as it is a good reminder to all about proper use of safety equipment. Heal quickly.

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