Well, I leaned my lesson the hard way! (WARNING, GRAPHIC PICS)

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  • BigguyZ
    Veteran Member
    • Jul 2006
    • 1818
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Craftsman, older type w/ cast iron top

    Well, I leaned my lesson the hard way! (WARNING, GRAPHIC PICS)

    Well, I've gone and done something really stupid. My finger got in a fight with my router table, and the router table won!

    I was working on a speaker set I've been planning out for over a year, and I needed to adjust the bit height a bit. I didm't bother to turn the router off, and when the crank that adjusts the height slipped, the hand landed right on the turning pattern bit!

    Well, long story short, I cut into my index finger pretty bad. 25 stiches on that finger alone. I severed a small artery and the nerve along with it. I still have some sensory sensation, as there's two nerves in the finger, and the flexor tendons are intact, but half of the finger is numb and it'll be a while for the skin to heal (getting the stiches out on the 8th). I can kinda type, but I'm using the mouse left handed. Since I work an office job that relies a LOT on using the computer (mouse and keyboard), it's hampered me quite a bit.

    So ladies and gentlemen, learn this: Do NOT get too comfortable with your tools! ALWAYS pratice patience. 30 seconds of letting the router spin down before I adjusted the height would have saved me a lot of time, pain, and money! I'm so ticked at myself for being so stupid, and you don't want to feel the same. I'm so lucky- just thinking that an inch more into my finger and it's be gone with no effort!

    Please, PLEASE use this as a lesson!

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  • Black wallnut
    cycling to health
    • Jan 2003
    • 4715
    • Ellensburg, Wa, USA.
    • BT3k 1999

    Been there, done that still have the scars and numbness to show for it. Hopefully others will heed our warnings to take more care and thought in their wood working.
    Donate to my Tour de Cure

    marK in WA and Ryobi Fanatic Association State President

    Head servant of the forum


    • crokett
      The Full Monte
      • Jan 2003
      • 10627
      • Mebane, NC, USA.
      • Ryobi BT3000

      That is scary. Thanks for the reminder. I hope you heal fast. I know I've been more lucky than good sometimes. I did much the same thing once except all I did was get my fingernail on the bearing on a bearing guided bit. Ended up with a dull spot on the fingernail but it did scare the bejeezus out of me.

      The chief cause of failure in this life is giving up what you want most for what you want at the moment.


      • Ed62
        The Full Monte
        • Oct 2006
        • 6021
        • NW Indiana
        • BT3K

        I remember when Mark decided to chop up his finger. Router bits contacting skin doesn't make for pretty photos.

        Thanks for passing the info on. We can always use a reminder when it comes to safety.

        Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... https://www.sawdustzone.org/articles...mare-explained

        For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/


        • SHADOWFOX
          Veteran Member
          • May 2005
          • 1232
          • IL, USA.
          • DELTA 36-675

          Thanks for the reminder! Glad you did not lose your index finger. The pics did give the chills.

          "The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth." -Pierre Abelard 11th Century philosopher.


          • Richard in Smithville
            Veteran Member
            • Oct 2006
            • 3014
            • On the TARDIS
            • BT 3100

            Wow....Thanks for the pictures and I hope things start healing soon.
            From the "deep south" part of Canada

            Richard in Smithville



            • BobSch
              • Aug 2004
              • 4385
              • Minneapolis, MN, USA.
              • BT3100

              Routers scare the crap out of me so I always turn them off before doing anything.

              Bad decisions make good stories.


              • cabinetman
                Gone but not Forgotten RIP
                • Jun 2006
                • 15216
                • So. Florida
                • Delta

                Oh yeah...BTDT. Router bits shape fingers much faster than wood. All it takes is a split second of distraction or lack of concentration. I hope you heal up fast. Your immediate pain will go away, but the memory will not.


                • leehljp
                  Just me
                  • Dec 2002
                  • 8470
                  • Tunica, MS
                  • BT3000/3100

                  I did that to my thumb this past November. The plastic surgeon took over my case (from the emergency doc) and placed some kind of miracle skin over it. Two days later, the meat on the thumb was smooth and skin was growing. It cut about 1/8 inch of the length and a patch about 1/2 by 1/2. Believe it or not, the thumb print grew back too.

                  That picture sure brings back recent memories. I have had more damage and stitches from my routers than any other tool . . so far and hopefully no more.
                  Hank Lee

                  Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!


                  • MilDoc

                    FIRST rule of keeping body parts:

                    Turn the darn thing off!!!!!!!

                    Machinery, water pipes, auto engines, etc etc etc.


                    • RAFlorida
                      Veteran Member
                      • Apr 2008
                      • 1179
                      • Green Swamp in Central Florida. Gator property!
                      • Ryobi BT3000

                      Thanks BigguyZ for the pics.

                      It only takes a split second to hurt one's body. Hope you heal fast and don't have too much pain; it does look bad, and I know it could've been worse, but that was bad enough.
                      I also tagged your post over in Woodwerker's post about his family distraction when he's trying to do some work in the kitchen. Hope you don't mind.


                      • Uncle Cracker
                        The Full Monte
                        • May 2007
                        • 7091
                        • Sunshine State
                        • BT3000

                        That's why I try to remain slow and methodical. Some things don't grow back...


                        • jgrobler
                          Established Member
                          • Dec 2005
                          • 259
                          • Salinas, CA, USA.
                          • TS3650

                          Ouch. Thanks for posting to keep us on our toes. I also have a numb left index finger tip where I lost the battle with the table saw.

                          I hope it heals quickly, and you'll be able to continue the speaker set.



                          • herb fellows
                            Veteran Member
                            • Apr 2007
                            • 1867
                            • New York City
                            • bt3100

                            Ouch! My private parts went up into my stomach looking a that.
                            A picture truly is worth a thousand words, I'll remember that one next time I'm in the shop. Feel better!
                            You don't need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice.


                            • Norm in Fujino
                              Senior Member
                              • Dec 2002
                              • 534
                              • Fujino-machi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan.
                              • Ryobi BT-3000

                              Ouch! I have a scar (and minor numbness) in my left thumb from a run-in with an angle grinder about 15 years ago. Funny (?) thing is, it happened not five minutes after giving my kids a warning lecture about how dangerous the tool is.
                              ". . . and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."
                              Green Gables: A Contemplative Companion to Fujino Township