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Re: Tools: A lesson in table saw safety

: Yeah, I knew better. It was the first cut on a big awkward board
: with no one to help. I should have waited for my son to drop in.

Everyone seems to have to have the same comments afterward. Something to the effect of "That was dumb" and followed up by something like "It just happened so quick!"

In my case I was cutting scarfs using a sled (bad, bad, BAD IDEA) and the cut off vibrated across the sled into the spinning blade. I was reaching across the front of the saw to do something, just as my hand came in line with the blade the little cut-off was launched. Never found the cut off or the missing parts of thumb for that matter. But it healed up and only a Nurse will notice it isn't quite right.

Always had a high respect of the Table Saw and was careful, I just didn't see what a bad idea the jig i was using was.