Which tool do you fear the most?

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Which tool do you fear the most?

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Sure they are all dangerous and require proper awareness..but I find my router is the tool that puts me most on edge- no pun intended !

Its strange as I havent had any dangerous moments with it, but i use it alot less than other tools-so maybe the unfamiliarity plays into it.

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I have been "injured" just once (cuts, scratches and bruises excepted) but the shaper got me good. I have great respect for the shaper even though it was all brought about by user error.
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I have always heard that the table saw is responsible for the most shop accidents, so it gets my respect and attention every time I use it. That said, anything that spins at high speed and/or has sharp edges is rightly to be...well, maybe not feared...but approached with an abundance of caution.

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Jointer comes to mind.
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I don't fear any one tool more than another. I actually don't FEAR any of them. I do respect what they can do and treat them accordingly. I say this even though I cut the tip of my middle finger off right at the knuckle of my left hand on the table saw due to a kick back. Totally my fault. It was in the late 60's and I was in my early 20's. At the time I was working for my uncle at the Berlin Lumber Co. in Berlin, PA. I also damaged my index finger and my ring finger. The doctor sewed the tip of my middle finger back on and it actually healed. It took about 18 months to stop hurting and about 3 years to not be sensitive to touch but after that it worked fine and still does.
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ouch! Score another for the ts.

One of my worst in the shop, not counting kick backs from the ts that missed me by a hair, was when I took the edge of a thumb off with a box cutter...I was holding a straight edge down with the left hand and pulling the knife along the straight edge with the right. I had that left hand in front of where the knife was cutting and when the knife hit a hard spot or knot in the thin piece of luan ply I was cutting it jumped over the hard spot and surgically removed a disk o' thumb not quite the size of a dime. I now use a shopsmith hold-down block in those situations.

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The tool I fear the most is my wife's VETO button on shop purchases.
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RFGuy wrote: Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:57 pm The tool I fear the most is my wife's VETO button on shop purchases.
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I am glad I don't have that problem. :)
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unrelated to woodworking-but ending in bloody damage - i was training a technician in a lab how to dis-assemble an LED package with a small exacto thru a microscope. She was on the trainer scope and i was on the main doing my knife magic thru the scope zoomed way in...all of a sudden the whole view field was red haha..i had inadvertently slice thru my finger and bled all over the training :)

Didnt even feel it.

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If it's sharp I'm skeered of it. If it's sharp and spins, I'm terrified! May be an over statement, but I have had my share of blood letting episodes, resulting in an abundance of caution.
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