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Posted: 12/14/2013 9:18:33 AM EST
right after lunch.

I was ripping a couple of 2x4s on my uber expensive cabinet grade table saw, so I could take them to a job site and install them. A friend of mine came walking in, and stood to one side so that I could see he was there, without bothering me.

I'm pushing the last one through, and just as my hand came even with the blade, I hit a little knot. The board did a little hop, and my hand followed it. Cut my thumb off at the nail bed.

I shut the saw off while making a fist with the injured hand instantly. My friend's jaw dropped and he said "Whaaaaaat? Are you OK?"

I said "I don't think so, let me look". I didn't like what I saw.

"How can I help?"
"Wait right here. I'll be back in a second and you can take me to the ER."

So...I walk (real fast) across the street to the house. Walk past the wife, she's talking on the phone. Go to the kitchen, grab a dish towel and wrap my hand. Walk back past my wife and said "Go to the shop, find my thumb, and meet me at the ER."

She said "".

Friend drives me to the ER, freaking out because he thought it was his fault. I keep telling him it's not his fault, just drive.

Wife shows up about fifteen minutes later with a tupperware container.
ER gets things under control and tells me to take my tupperware to another city, as they aren't into skin grafts, or sewing severed parts back on.


It's not good when you have to walk into an ER with tupperware.

"Wassup?"
"Well...I got this here tupperware container with something I am sort of hoping you can use..."
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:19:51 AM EST
Is it back on?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:19:54 AM EST
Lol

Thanks for the laugh

Pics?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:21:18 AM EST
Pics of short thumb !



Hope you recover quick, feel better knowing that this happens daily across the nation.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:22:05 AM EST
Good luck, at least you don't use the tip of your thumb for a million things like the tip of your other fingers. Though your new nickname is "stubby".

Good luck Stubby,
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:22:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:22:47 AM EST
In for the pics
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:24:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/14/2013 9:25:59 AM EST by AR-10]
To this day, the guy at the lumber yard calls me Stumpy.
He's a friend, too.

No, they didn't sew it back on.
I was lucky. I have full use of what's left, and the joint wasn't affected.
This happened years ago.

The irony? I had recently made two really cool push sticks to use with the saw.
Didn't want to mess them up.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:25:12 AM EST
So give us a half thumbs up pic, stumpy
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:25:30 AM EST
How long ago did this happen?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:26:38 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:27:48 AM EST
I feel your pain but it just took a big chunk out of the pad of my thumb. It's been 4 years and I'm just now getting a thumbprint back. It still lacks some feeling. There wasn't much to see up in my case as the tissue was gone. They just gave me some painkillers that made me feel even worse lol.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:29:11 AM EST
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+1000 the owners a douche but it's a good product. Well mostly ours needs the lift gears replaced after many years of use.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:31:40 AM EST
It could have been worse!
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:32:09 AM EST
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Sorry. Don't have any pics.

The safety guard for the table saw was hanging on the wall.
Damn thing kept getting in the way of my sight...and stuff.

I were an idiut.

The only time the missing part of the thumb bothers me is when I try to button a shirt.

ETA; It doesn't hurt. I have feeling in the flap they pulled over to make an end for the thumb. It's just a hassle to manipulate small buttons.

I hit it with a hammer a couple of times after that.
These things happen. That hurts.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:35:11 AM EST
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I thought those were fake...have seen them on TV shows...did not know they were a real thing!....very cool.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:37:18 AM EST
Hey, at least you didnt carve up your push sticks, right ?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:40:59 AM EST
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I thought those were fake...have seen them on TV shows...did not know they were a real thing!....very cool.
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I thought those were fake...have seen them on TV shows...did not know they were a real thing!....very cool.



It is cool technology, but the guy marketing it is a total jack wagon. When delta, powermatic and the rest turned down his idea, he tried to force them to put it on their saws by lobbying for legislative regulation.

I'll never own a saw stop, even though it has very good marks.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:42:19 AM EST
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I didn't hesitate to start using the pretty little push sticks after I healed up. They got worn out by the time I closed my business.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:46:12 AM EST
I just crushed my thumb in a log splitter. I'm fortunate enough to still have the tip. It didn't hurt when I did it. Did you feel pain at the moment of the cut?
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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:56:32 AM EST
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I didn't feel any pain at first.
When I got to the ER, they brought me a bowl of salt water to soak it in while they were getting a shot ready and doing some other stuff.

Surprisingly, it didn't really sting when I put my thumb in the water. Can't say there was any pain involved until the next day. When I woke up, OMG!!!!!!

The pain pills they gave me after surgery had worn off. That's when I learned about keeping ahead of the pain, rather than waiting for it, before you take pain meds.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:57:07 AM EST
One of my co-workers had the end of his index finger cut off years ago at another job. His wife was called and was told her husband's finger was cut off. She quickly went to the hospital with little knowledge of what happened. When she entered the room she said "Is it your "whole" finger?" He said "No, it is the one next to it". The nurse in the room could not stop laughing.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:57:33 AM EST

Back in the mid 70s I was cutting 4x8 panelling on a table saw. Boss's 17 y/o niece was in town for a visit. It was summer and she was wearing a sheer blouse and no bra. They were spectacular.

She walked in front of me and I ran my thumb right into the blade Didn't quite cut it off but gave myself a good scar.

Boss thought it was funny as shit.

Niece fucked me as an apology, I think.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:04:33 AM EST
OMG...I hope you get it back on.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:10:26 AM EST
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It's all good.
I rarely start a thread. Thought I'd share a "life moment".

I could tell you a story about a framing nailer, but I think we all know I'm a dumbass at this point.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:10:26 AM EST
I used to work at a place that had a "saw stop" (see previous post). Too expensive to "recharge" for demos. Someone took some foam paneling that had a very thin metal face on it. Well, the saw stop really worked great. Loud noise, look of surprise on the face of the operator. Now we have something to show everyone. You have to replace the blade and some other stuff. Really neat, tho.

cap
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:14:13 AM EST
My dad lost the ends of 3 fingers on his left hand with a table saw . He later built the doctor a table to help make it easier to reattach fingers.

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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:27:49 AM EST
My lumber yard friend told me a story a few years after my little brain fart/accident.

Some guy was using a circular saw to cut sheetrock.
He was holding the sheetrock with one hand and holding the circular saw with his other hand.
Cut off parts of three fingers.

I still go "WTF was HE thinking?" when I think about it, but then, look up at the first post.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:38:42 AM EST
I used to visit a website that had a database of woodworking accidents (I can't find it now, but this is similar). Just reading a few once in a while kept me in a state of respect for what could happen.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:47:21 AM EST
I worked at TDK fresh out of school.

One of the shift supervisors thought it would be a good idea to use line staff to help maint. mechs. to lessen downtime. I was doing PLC upgrades when I heard a cereal scream like I never heard before.

Operator was told to clean and re-grease a section drive chain and figured would be quicker to run the drive in Man with a shop towel wrapped around his hand and then hand around the chain. Worked fine till the master link and cotter pins grabbed the rag and drug his thumb 1/2 way around the sprocket.

Torque limiter popped about the same time I hit emergency stop. Guy freaks out before I could vault the line to get to him and he pulls back so hard he ripped his thumb off. Adrenelin is a helluva drug!

I wrapped his hand, jogged the machine to get his thumb out, went to the cafeteria and got a sprite, poured out the sprite and put his thumb in the wax cup with the ice.

Worst part is they couldn't re-attach his thumb so they cut off his big toe and tried to use that. It didn't take either so he lost his thumb and his big toe.

I've got a few more industrial type experiences including one that fucked me up.

Sorry OP
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:57:00 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Peachy_Carnahan:

Back in the mid 70s I was cutting 4x8 panelling on a table saw. Boss's 17 y/o niece was in town for a visit. It was summer and she was wearing a sheer blouse and no bra. They were spectacular.

She walked in front of me and I ran my thumb right into the blade Didn't quite cut it off but gave myself a good scar.

Boss thought it was funny as shit.

Niece fucked me as an apology, I think.
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Sorry. Don't have any pics.

The safety guard for the table saw was hanging on the wall.
Damn thing kept getting in the way of my sight...and stuff.

I were an idiut.

The only time the missing part of the thumb bothers me is when I try to button a shirt.

ETA; It doesn't hurt. I have feeling in the flap they pulled over to make an end for the thumb. It's just a hassle to manipulate small buttons.

I hit it with a hammer a couple of times after that.
These things happen. That hurts.
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A MS Paint would have helped this story immensely
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:07:15 AM EST
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Nope.jpg Owner tried to lobby the .gov to make them mandatory on all new saws, and there are a lot more tools in your shop other than a table saw that will ruin your day.
No need to get complacent with one tool.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:07:51 AM EST
I was in 6th or 7th shop class and was making a fire truck out of wood. As I was cutting a wheel out on the band saw slip, almost cut the tip of my thumb off. I got a nice little scar to remind me of that day.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:09:24 AM EST
Did it take awhile to learn how to tie your shoes?
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Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:16:24 AM EST

I sold my table saw...

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:25:26 AM EST
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It is cool technology, but the guy marketing it is a total jack wagon. When delta, powermatic and the rest turned down his idea, he tried to force them to put it on their saws by lobbying for legislative regulation.

I'll never own a saw stop, even though it has very good marks.
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Originally Posted By beavo451:
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I thought those were fake...have seen them on TV shows...did not know they were a real thing!....very cool.



It is cool technology, but the guy marketing it is a total jack wagon. When delta, powermatic and the rest turned down his idea, he tried to force them to put it on their saws by lobbying for legislative regulation.

I'll never own a saw stop, even though it has very good marks.



That's exactly how I feel. It was a bullshit move. My table saw scares the crap out of me. I use a push stick whenever possible. I think I have a phobia about cutting my fingers off.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:28:44 AM EST
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My brother in law nearly severed his arm with a chop saw? I could never figure out how he managed that.

ETA: on the upper arm.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:30:25 AM EST
I just love table saw stories.
Where's the pics?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:30:57 AM EST
You should have got a tiny hook for it.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:40:29 AM EST
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The replacement pawls are like 90$ so don't go showing off your saw to the guys. I don't own one but I played with the demo at Rockler. Nice saws.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:42:40 AM EST
and why was it that you decided not to make the drive to the next city to have it reattached?
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:48:48 AM EST
My great grand father was missing two fingers completely. From what I've been told, he reached down to pick up his lawnmower by the deck, while it was running
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 11:55:51 AM EST
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Better known as the Hotdog blade.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:01:41 PM EST
A buddy of mine is a carpenter...and he is missing half of his thumb and pointer finger.


Shit happens, be careful out there.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:07:35 PM EST
Saw Stop. They really work.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:09:06 PM EST
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It's all good.
I rarely start a thread. Thought I'd share a "life moment".

I could tell you a story about a framing nailer, but I think we all know I'm a dumbass at this point.
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OMG...I hope you get it back on.


It's all good.
I rarely start a thread. Thought I'd share a "life moment".

I could tell you a story about a framing nailer, but I think we all know I'm a dumbass at this point.
I shot dead center of my palm with a framing nailer , drove the nail right up to the head, pushed down on the end and grabbed the head with linemens pliers and pulled it out, lucky, no nerve damage and can't really even see a scar, my son was looking at it and going 'HOLY SHIT Dad YOU OK?"
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:13:33 PM EST
I had this


Do this



and this



What I was making my little boy a chest of drawers





I was baking out of the driveway to go the the ER when my little girl stopped me wanting to know where I was going.

I told her I was going to go get stitches, by that time the bleeding had stopped and just had some paper towels on it.

She said she wanted to see, I asked if she was sure.
she said yes so I showed her and all she did was say "Aww, poor Daddy" blows a kiss to me and got down from the truck and waved saying "Feel better. Bye" and went back to playing.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 12:15:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Peachy_Carnahan:

Back in the mid 70s I was cutting 4x8 panelling on a table saw. Boss's 17 y/o niece was in town for a visit. It was summer and she was wearing a sheer blouse and no bra. They were spectacular.

She walked in front of me and I ran my thumb right into the blade Didn't quite cut it off but gave myself a good scar.

Boss thought it was funny as shit.

Niece fucked me as an apology, I think.
17 you say?


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Yup. I was 18.

Fucking sue me.

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