We all know how important it is to think safety and always use the safety and protective equipment put on our woodworking tools by the manufacturer. I tell this story of my own stupidity and carelessness just to keep everyone thinking safety. Since I am disabled my woodworking is all I do every day albeit only a little at the time as my body can stand. Just yesterday, I was cutting pieces for a purple martin birdhouse all day....I truly must have made over 300 cuts. About 730 in the evening I was nearing the end for the day....I had one more piece to cut...a 2"x2" piece of 1/4" plywood...I picked up a piece that was about 3"x2" and figured I could cut off easy enough....lifted the guard so I could see what I was doing...and bingo, it bit me...I spent several hours in the er last night getting a ton of stitches and xrays on my middle finger...luckily for me I did not cut off the end of my finger completely but the blade did take a chunk out of the finger and the bone...so now I have bandages and a splint that is making woodworking difficult...every cut I made yesterday I kept the guard down and used a push stick...the one time I didnt it hurt....at the er they kept saying it was an accident...this was no accident...it was an event precipitated by my own carelessness, hurry upness, and foolishness...please everyone - think safety all the time...I know I am not the only one who thinks he is smarter than the saw or that it wont happen to me....but if you dont use all the safety features on your equipment and constantly stay focused on safety and your work...believe me, it could happen to you....take care all...and happy and safe sawing...Murray
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