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There will be blood

May 28th, 2008

I knew that router bits were dangerous as they spin at speeds of 30,000 rpm. But did you know that bits traveling at 0 rpm can be quite dangerous as well? I learned this as I simply attempted to remove a bit that was stuck in it’s case. I had removed several simlilarly stuck bits with a rag as a buffer so I was confident that it wouldn’t be a problem (like a razor sharp carbide bit could cut cotton anyway). The smallish 1/4 straight bit was the one that attacked. Without any hesitation it jumped up and bit… SLICE… right through the rag and my finger… I’m not sure what occurred first, the nerves firing indicating pain to my brain or the realization that I just Forrest Gump’d myself. Then I could have sworn I heard someone yell “we got a bleeder!” as the mighty Nile began to flow.

The one opportunity that gumping myself provided was a chance to try out something that I had read in woodworking forums and that was to use super-glue to seal small wounds. This was the perfect application. It’s worked like a champ. Sealed the cut allowing me to use the hand without much problem at all.

Enjoy the bloody mess… I realize the pic of the original cut is poorly focused but I attribute that to bleeding-out at the time… and ohhh, it should be noted that in the isolation picture of the finger with the sealed wound, that the finger was indeed still attached to my hand at the time… although it does give a visual of the inevitable future.

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  1. Bama5150
    June 2nd, 2008 at 16:28 | #1

    I own that very router bit set. I will be watching it with a wary eye henceforth!

  2. June 2nd, 2008 at 18:28 | #2

    Hey Bama5150… I’ll be much more cautious myself going forward. These bits are really snugged up in the sockets and take some force to remove which is no problem for the larger bits. But the smaller bits such as the 1/4 straight bit are difficult to get a grip on a non-cutting edge.

    I was a little annoyed with how seemingly over-snugged up the bits were until I remembered that I had returned the previous set as one of the bits had come loose during shipping. It was clear from many dings in the case that the bit had been bouncing around and of course bits contacting other bits is a very bad thing for cutting edges. So I guess there’s some justification there for the snugness… however I still think they could make less snug fittings and ship the bits in plastic envelopes (like Rockler does). As it stands now I can’t help but think it’s a safety issue for at least the less intelligent human beings such as myself…. and I have a sore finger to prove it!

  3. June 5th, 2008 at 00:18 | #3

    Well at least it wasn’t chucked and spinning! Even though I know I should wear my leather gloves when handling my router bits, I never do. My wife says she can tell whether I’ve been doing any work, or not, by how many fresh scars there are on my hands.
    Lately, my hands have been perfect. Time to get them dinged up!

  4. June 5th, 2008 at 21:19 | #4

    I’ve seen the CSI shows where they sometimes profile the type of work that the victim did based on scaring found. I’m confident that my report would come back as the carnie sidekick in the knife throwing act that who is bound to the spinning platform where the knives are thrown.

    Vic, I checked out your flickr link and wow! I’ve seen many a shop tour but your shop will take the cake when completed. Unbelievable space… flooring just perfect! I’m jealous!!

  5. August 23rd, 2009 at 15:04 | #5

    Nice post! Thanks for info!

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