Since I've started creating puzzles in wood, I've been learning quickly and starting to produce some puzzles that I'm very proud of. Over the weekend I started putting together a run of puzzles for a craft fair that is coming up, with the hope of selling a few puzzles there.
I had a batch of sticks cut and spent Saturday morning gluing up pieces. It's amazing just how quickly you use up the sticks you have cut so after about an hour I went to cut some more sticks. I started rough cutting some sticks from the redwood planks I have and was getting on great.
If you're a nervous reader, I'd stop reading now...
I was getting to the end of the batch, and it seems I was a little careless. When moving a piece of waste wood from the table, I got my thumb a little too close to the blade. The result, lots of blood and a good chunk taken out of my thumb.
I spent the next few hours in the emergency room where the surgeon operated on my thumb. So I now have 2 pins in my thumb and it's going to be a bit shorter than it was. I'm lucky, the saw took a clean cut through my finger, clean through the bone, but didn't sever the top of my finger and didn't hit the joint. So I have full feeling, and full motion.
It's a harsh lesson, that it only takes a second for things to go wrong. I'm going to be just fine (although in a lot of pain just now) and I'll have a nasty scar to remind me to watch where I put my fingers.
I'll be back to making puzzles in no time, but for now things have to heal and I need to take stock.
Warning: table saws are dangerous. Handle with care!