A lesson in safety

Some times we make mistakes. We’re sloppy. Careless. In a rush. Or, sometimes we are just plain ignorant.

The latter happened to me today. I had used the router and a 1/2″ shank flush trim bit on the miter station yesterday. This bit is huge, and I’m not particularly a fan. But, it’s what I have to use.

I was trimming the last little bit on the station, I had the router in a horizontal position trimming the bottom of the station (I had it upside down). All of a sudden, the bit walked itself off of the collet, across the workpiece, and back behind the table. I couldn’t believe it. This thing was spinning at around 25k RPM, I could have been seriously hurt. Not luckily, I was using all the techniques I had learned to date and didn’t put myself in a bad position, and that’s the reason I wasn’t hurt.

No damage to the bit, just a gouge in the bottom of the workpiece, something I’ll take in exchange for closing up the shop with all my body parts intact and no blood on the floor.

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Damage done, but it’s not important. A safe day in the shop is always a good day. What did I learn today? Check for tightness more often, and always after a long period of not using it.

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