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    I did something similar, not to the thumb but to a finger.
    The only good thing about it is, I can now count to 11 on my finger nails.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, and no permanent damage.
    Kryn
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    Hope you have a quick and full recovery after your rehab.

    Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    This happened the Friday before last, trying to trim .05mm from a piece of timber on a table saw with the safety guard removed. I was trying to take it down marginally. I had run through twice and just needed a hair more, so I put a piece of tape on the side and pushed it through. I had a push stick in my right hand, but not my left. Don't ask why but I thought the piece kicked up. I reached out and down and thought I was clear of the blade, I thought wrong. I ended up ruining the hand surgeons Friday night as he ended up stitching me up at 10pm on a Friday night.

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    Atleast i I can't be accused of sitting around with my thumb up my a-se. Hahaha

    and please pile on the accolades of stupidity, I deserve every one of them.

    I'm definitely not the first, nor will I be the last but please, take care and use a gripper, even the full priced one is cheap in comparison to the possible loss of a body part.
    hi Fumbler

    I don't so much feel your pain but understand what happened.

    For others reading this thread, shooting boards (used with a hand plane) were invented so you don't need to go near a table saw to remove the last 1 mm or less.
    regards from Canada

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    Hi Fumbler
    I know how you feel - recently I wanted cut some wedges so I made a taper jig .. the pieces were small, my thumb got very close .. then too close, to the blade of the TS. I managed to touch TWO teeth of the blade - which left 2 trenches in my thumb which bled for almost 2 days. Not quite s big as your slash so no stitches. I can now feel the hard scar tissue under the skin.

    So best wishes for a speedy recovery and full use of your thumb

    Ken

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    Thanks for the reminder and explanation of what happened, Fumbler. It's a reminder to us all of how quickly things can go wrong.
    Can I ask, were you tired? It struck me that it's the sort of mistake that an experienced woodworker would usually only make when tired - it's the sort of thing I can see myself doing last thing on Friday when "'I just want to get this done before the weekend."
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    Tiredness is a really good thing to remind us about AlexS. As I have sarcoidosis I can get tired quickly on some days and need a nap or rest during the middle of the day. At times one likes to just push on so I have to remind myself to take breaks when I feel like this.

    A friend of the family had been a cabinet maker all his life, still had all limbs and digits and a relatively illness/injury free life. It was just a few days before his retirement and was tidying up after a long busy day and one of the things he usually did at the end of every day was scout the workshop for offcuts and throw them in a firewood bin. If the bits were too long he would cut them up on their big table saw. He fired up their big table saw, cut a couple of the pieces and turned off the saw. Several of the pieces remained next to the still moving blade and he tried to flick these pieces away from the blade but he underestimated how close they were to the blade and took 3 fingers off and spent the first 3 months of his retirement having various surgeries and treatments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    Be sure to treat yourself well while that heals. What a very lucky man you are. A few more mm, or the wrong reflex action and.... eeeeee.

    Can we have updates on your recovery?
    Thanks WP, it's slow and painful. 6wks in a cast they say. And yes it still hurts.

    but still have managed to finish this chopping board

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS View Post
    Thanks for the reminder and explanation of what happened, Fumbler. It's a reminder to us all of how quickly things can go wrong.
    Can I ask, were you tired? It struck me that it's the sort of mistake that an experienced woodworker would usually only make when tired - it's the sort of thing I can see myself doing last thing on Friday when "'I just want to get this done before the weekend."
    I guess, it was a combination of tiredness and rushing, I had (in between the 2nd and the disaster run) received a phone call to ask if I could go and get my son from after school care as he was sick. I work nights and had been asleep from 9:30am til 3:00pm, and thought I could just do this small job. Not so small now.

    i have since got back into the work shop and trying to feel active again, I have used the same saw, but with double push pads. I was scared to turn it in for a week, thinking just pushing the button and I'd get hurt. I know it's stupid and my fault, but it has given me an extremely high sense of awareness now. I guess thinking about it now, I have been lucky never to have done this before.

    i won't let it beat me, I will just have a ton of custard with my humble pie and slow right down, as there's always tomorrow, and if not, the next day.

    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    Thanks WP, it's slow and painful. 6wks in a cast they say. And yes it still hurts.

    but still have managed to finish this chopping board

    490x365x50, as only need 1 hand to use orbital sander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    but still have managed to finish this chopping board...
    How ironic. First project finished... a CHOPPING board

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    Hope you make a speedy recovery.

    Thanks for the post - a mindful warning of the dangers in our sheds

    Regards

    Keith

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    The only time I remove the guard is to change the blade. The loss of a thumb is a very debilitating injury.

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