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Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Either a newb, novice, hobbyist or pro. You either made an ignorant mistake as a newb or you are a pro and over estimated your ability, underestimated the machine. Or just in a hurry and got sloppy or making repetitive cuts and got complacent.

Mine was more toward ignorance. Miter saw. Holding a piece of maple that was too small to hold but thick enough to work the saw. Clamp? Nope. Too simple. Just trying to square up the edge with a cleaner cut. That fricking blade took that block from my hand like a man ripping something dangerous from a toddler. Shit-whipped my ring finger so hard that I have a blood blister on the tip. Not from pinching, but from a corner of the block tumbling into it at about 100 mph.

IB4 What an idiot. I know. Very lucky it was just a learning experience.

What do you guys have? This thread can be a learning exercise of what not to do.


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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Not squaring up the blade on a miter saw before cutting up 20 oak 1x4s that had to fit perfectly inside a CNC'd box. Couldn't fix it, and had to toss all of the pieces


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kengel2
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
I shot a piece of wood across the driveway the other day with my table saw. It was a weird piece of wood though, as I cut it like clamped down on the blade. I knew it was bound to happen, but it was the last piece I needed to rip so I went for it and boom there it went.


clickboom
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Exact same scenario with miter saw and a tiny piece of zebra wood I was trying to cut into knife handle blanks. Only difference is, I did it not once but, twice. How I have fingers on my left hand, I will never know. It crushed the aluminum fence beyond repair. I had to get a new saw as well. Not even a newb either.


LSU alum wannabe
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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Exact same scenario with miter saw and a tiny piece of zebra wood I was trying to cut into knife handle blanks. Only difference is, I did it not once but, twice. How I have fingers on my left hand, I will never know. It crushed the aluminum fence beyond repair. I had to get a new saw as well. Not even a newb either.




Damn man. Takes a man to admit that story. Twice. Lol


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Aristo
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Doing a bunch of pocket hole repeats on a 2x2 swapped to a smaller board but kept my same grip. My finger got introduced to the kreg drill bit.


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gumbo2176
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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Exact same scenario with miter saw and a tiny piece of zebra wood I was trying to cut into knife handle blanks. Only difference is, I did it not once but, twice. How I have fingers on my left hand, I will never know. It crushed the aluminum fence beyond repair. I had to get a new saw as well. Not even a newb either.


You apparently don't have one, or access to a band saw since that would be my preferred method of cutting blanks for knife handles. Besides, you'd not have as much waste going to saw blade thickness with those thin bandsaw blades.


clickboom
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Don’t have one, have access to one, or have room for one. I agree 100% band saw is the way to go. I retired my knife making hobby pretty quick, bc I don’t have the necessary tools or the time to dedicate to make them.


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dragginass
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Made a motorcycle workstand...spent about $150 in lumber and 2 days doing it. I built it an entire 12" too short, and it was worthless for my intended purpose(motorcycle was too long to fit). But now I have a rolling workbench.....


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The Nino
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Trying to route a piece of Brazilian ebony...going the wrong direction. Router started smoking, the wood exploded, but the $10 bit was fine


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TomSpanks
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
I've definitely done the same dumb arse thing with the miter saw, tried to hold a small piece and shave a little off of it. Will never try that again, very scary and I swear my saw sounds different after that incident, not sure if it may have damaged a bearing or something but it still cuts straight and true.
Had a near miss recently with the table saw. I've been known to not use my riving knife but whatever it was made me put it on before making this cut. I was ripping a piece of 8/4 mahogany and after maybe 6 inches into the rip the wood clamps tight on the riving knife, it wouldn't budge. Turn the saw off and wiggle the piece off of the blade and the cut end looked like a jointed piece of wood it was pinching so tight. I had trouble driving a wedge in there to finish the cut. I've seen pieces pinch closed after a cut but never like this, and I can only imagine the kickback had I not had the riving knife on there.


Chuckd
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I just finished the bottom half of this entertainment center. Right before I was prepping for paint I realized I made the center section about a foot too short (length wise) due to poor planning so I had to start over from scratch. So now I have a whole completed center section sitting in my shop with nothing to do with it. Also, I took a good chunk of meat out of my index finger while cutting small trim pieces out on my miter saw.


baseballmind1212
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Bought a Delta cabinet saw used off Facebook for $300. Went to check it out. Seller was closing up a small cabinet shop. Did the normal 5 cut test with a 12x12 piece of plywood. Perfect 90 degree corners, so I was sold.

Get home, excited to use it, plug it in to get to work making some shop cabinets. Realize the stamped steel wings were out of level with the cast iron top.

Not a huge problem, but it took me close to 3 hours total to tear the fence and stamped steel wings off, realign, and get it back to cutting true.


Had I known all that needed to be done, if have just bought a new one from Lowe's on sale for $120 more.
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fishfighter
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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I shot a piece of wood across the driveway the other day with my table saw. It was a weird piece of wood though, as I cut it like clamped down on the blade. I knew it was bound to happen, but it was the last piece I needed to rip so I went for it and boom there it went.


This! Way to many times in my pass. It's going to happen if you do a lot of wood work. Big reason to use a table saw outside with nothing behind it.

That and saw dust in my eyes even with glasses.


bbvdd
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Few years ago I got a new lathe. Was terribly excited to get it as it was one tool that I'd always wanted but had never been able to get.

When it came in I had just gotten back from a trip and was tired. I got the lathe set up and ready to go but didn't have anything to cut with it.

Get a piece of wood and take it to the bad saw to knock the edges off. Get it the last edge and as it finished the cut my fingers were in the exactly wrong position and my index finger and middle finger on my left had get into the blade pretty good. Middle finger is fine but index had a pretty big scar and the nail bed on that finger is permanently messed up.

Don't mess with tools when you're tired.

Another example, this past Christmas my in-laws gave me a bowl chuck for the lathe. I didn't do my research and put a piece in the chuck without doing anything in the way of properly securing wood in the chuck.
The piece of wood came loose and hit me in the face. I now have a nice little reminder of my stupidity with a scar above my lip.


PapaPogey
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Couple weeks ago I was replacing a section of my fence at my house. I put 1 screw in the fence board on the top runner just enough to hold it up so that I could get my gap and measurement correct at the bottom. As I was on my knees double checking some things, the 8' fence board fell straight back at me and the top edge hit me directly in the eye. Blood shot and swollen eye for a couple days right before I went on vacation with the girlfriend.

Built my footboard on my bed and when I flipped it back over to the front side to see my hard work, I realized I had the wrong length screws and I had about 20 screw points sticking out of the front of the footboard. This was a direct cause of me being fatigued from the heat and my brain wasn't working properly. I put all my shite down and went to the house.
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LSU alum wannabe
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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being fatigued from the heat and my brain wasn't working properly. I put all my shite down and went to the house.


It’s damned hot. That’s the nice thing about to being a hobby (unless you’re a pro). When you start screwing up and you are sufficiently sweaty and dusty, just pack it up and go inside.


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Clames
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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Also, I took a good chunk of meat out of my index finger while cutting small trim pieces out on my miter saw.


I grazed my thumb on my table saw cutting acrylic sheets a few weeks ago. Not fun but keep some Wound Seal on hand for such injuries. It's a hydrophilic polymer powder and it clots and seals a nasty little wound quickly.


BoogaBear
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
Mine is extra dumb and not even working with wood.

The pups were annoying the piss out of me, so I said come get a bone. Well we have one bone left. It's a big one though. Hmmm, I'll just cut it in half and there we go. Miter saw ready and about halfway through the bone it chunked it, hit the wall, then me. About ripped my hand off in the process.

Not my proudest moment.


unclejhim
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re: Woodworking Eff-ups you will admit to...?
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It crushed the aluminum fence beyond repair
This here. I was cutting (with miter saw) some pieces of apple to use in my smoker. Not paying a lot of attention ...what can go wrong, just making some cuts ...with a loose grip... BANG, POW, KABOOM blood every where. Thought I had cut the end my thumb off. Turns out the wood flew into the fence it shattered and a razor sharp piece went about 1/2 inch into my thumb.


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