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I’m an amateur woodworker. No pro. An accident with power tools is not always away from us… Good afternoon from Greece… 🙂
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A good friend of mine and fellow woodworker lost most of his thumb in a jointer accident. Consider yourself lucky!
Had an antique craftsman 6 inch jointer given to me for free. Didn't come with the blade guard. Several months after tuning it to operate properly, had a mishap with my left ring finger. Left about two thirds of the tip looking like an outback steakhouse blooming onion. After eight stitches, a month of healing, and scraping bone chips off the cutterhead, I built a self returning guard before turning the machine on again. Now if i'm ever stupid enough to get my fingers anywhere near those spinning knives again there's a piece of one inch thick baltic birch plywood completely covering the cutterhead at all times. Safety first!
Apostolos, happy to see you are well enough to talk about it. I came to woodworking from metalworking. 17 years ago my turning teacher told me to come to class with short sleeves. as we were learning to turn hard metals using specialty bits the tiny pieces were flying off the lathe at high velocity and at about 300 degrees centigrade. the tiny burns on my forearms were brutaly painfull. he said better this than get your sleeve caught on the lathe. Gues this is what he meant...
What the hell? Glad you are OK. Only goes to show that you can never be to safe...Please put the guard on that machine.Thanks for the picture and the reminder.
Your are lucky to get off with just a ripped sweater!Long sleeves can cause troubles especialy on joiners.Take care!I'm a woodworker from Greece as well.
I would like to apologize to our esteemed woodworking friend from Greece. I thought I'd toss off a snide comment never thinking that I would offend an artist from the country that gave the world Telly Savalas and baklava!!! I should watch my mouth. I also would like to thank Apostolos for alerting all of us to these hazards. We all work more safely when we see the frightening moments that others have. My family got mad when they found out I said what I said. (They love to make lamb with TONS of garlic) and they said that Apostolos's English was just fine! So, I am sorry again!
I'm amazed at two things: one is that more fingers, limbs or other body parts aren't damaged on our bodies as we become a bit too comfortable with our tools; I'm more amazed at the size of our colleague's workshops! 140 square feet? In that size shop, you couldn't run away from an accident if you had to. I'm fortunate to have about 550 square feet in my shop, and I feel cramped! Of course, if I'd quit buying equipment and wood, I'd have plenty of room, but that's for another post...glad you're alright!
@ BiscuitBunny: I make a stool as a gift for a friend and I take pictures from lumber to finish. That is the reason I have my camera near to me. Your teacher dont knowns everything...
@ caryhson1: Certainly can not slipp out of sweater. I tried...
@ geppetto425: The safety guard was back, out of cylinder... This was my mystake plus the big sleeve.
I have not any reason to upload not realy photos. Everyone can visit my profile in Facebook (Apostolos Somarakis) to view my litle place of woodworking and all the photos from the stool.
PS: Sorry for my English...
This is why I don't mind hand-surfacing my lumber.
My guess would be that he slipped out of the sweater, got the camera, then slipped back in, and snapped one for demonstrative effect.
Another good reminder to use your guard and watch your sleeves and shirt tails…
My shop teacher says this photo is suspicious. Why of course when your sweater and sleeve are drawn into a jointer, you always have a camera in your right hand ready to go.
Yikes! Glad you are okay, but where is the safety gaurd for that jointer?
Great picture. One like it should come on every jointer.Glad to have your fingers i bet.Long sleeves up or short sleeves only.
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