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tacoma_20022010-08-08 14:06:24 +0000 #1
Daily Lesson #1: Always use leather gloves while using a die grinder and cutoff wheel...

...while I was cutting a piece of steel for the shock mount with my die grinder...the grinder hopped and came straight down my thumb ..

I immediately dropped my ginder and grabbed my thumb, just knowing that some of it would be missing. I finally mustard up the courage to look at it, and as soon as I ungraspt it, it started bleeding like crazy.

I ran into the house, and rinsed it off with dial soap and water then with alcohol....I came to the conclusion that since the grinder had centered my thumb and gotten into my fingernail, I needed to ride down to the clinic and see if I needed stitches. Luckily, I knew the MD at the local clinic and she said she thought that we could get by without them. After another through washing and inspection by the nurse we found out that the grinder went to the BONE....not to mention the 1/16" gash my tumb and nail has in it...

30 minutes and a little glue later I was able to come home and finish my project...what a day...but hey...it could have been worse!

phreebsd2010-08-08 14:18:11 +0000 #2
Holay crap!! Pics or it never happened!!
Metal Man2010-08-08 14:48:39 +0000 #3
I now that feeling all to well. I've stopped a few cut off wheels with my fingers in the past.

The worst is when you have to dig the small pieces of grit off the wheel out of the wound
tacoma_20022010-08-08 14:48:24 +0000 #4
LOL...I figured that was coming....she says I can take the bandage off in a couple days (so the wound wont open back up) and I'll get pics....I would have taken them before I went to the clinic, but all you could see was blood....

I didn't want anyone ruining their PC with vomit
Polaris4252010-08-08 15:14:25 +0000 #5
ouch.... been there once w/ a hedge trimmer didnt quite go to the bone but... still went through the tip of my finger.
oldmanbrute2010-08-08 16:34:09 +0000 #6
OUCH! at least it doesn't bother your typing skills.....lol
Roushf1502010-08-08 16:24:16 +0000 #7
Glad your ok, mine was with a table saw, I still can't feel the end of my thumb.
codyh2010-08-08 16:06:39 +0000 #8
When I was little I had a GENUIS idea of making an arrow for a bow I made and was cutting the knotch for the string with a dang machete, sliced my thumb open and hade to get ten stictches. I know I'm smart
derk2010-08-08 14:38:54 +0000 #9
Hate to hear that. A die grinder can be a handful at times for sure. I do automotive work for a living and even with using them everyday, everyonce in a while there's a slip up. I've had the cut off wheels grab my shirt and pull into my stomach before. Luckily it didnt go too deep. Hope your thumb heals up quick
Masher2010-08-08 14:54:00 +0000 #10
That sucks, where's the pics of the carnage.
bayou_boy_222010-08-08 18:39:22 +0000 #11
that sucks man. glad you are ok.



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