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  • #139549
    Christopher
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    Today was a good day for woodworking. It seemed as if everything was going perfect. So who would have thought in the wake of making a cabinet to house my Guitar spruce tops, Exotic Sides and Backs that I would end up loosing 1/8″ of my Finger.

    Nope, not the Power tools. They were not the culprit on this one. In fact this is my very first mishap since I began woodworking 11 years ago. Don’t think for one second that a marking knife can’t be dangerous. Going back for the third strike across the grain on some 3/4″ Cherry and all of a sudden I saw something eject from the blade. I thought what was that? just in time to see the blood follow its path. OUCH, He say’s.

    The cutting part doesn’t really bother me so much because I’m always getting nicks and cuts especially while sharpening, But this time it was different.
    Because there so much skin was removed I fear that it wont heal properly.. I know its too late to go get it sewn back on. By the time I was able to get my Triple Antibiotic and my Bandages out, I’m pretty sure between the contamination and time lapse, Hope for that scenario had long expired…… Im curious will the skin grow back over a hole are how will that work.
    Are there any Doctors or Medical personnel out there in the Woodworking land that could answer that question for me. Should I go to the Emergency room Its around 1/8″ thick that it cut off. Anyway Please be careful, Of all things I never thought this would be the thing that got me.

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

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  • #139552
    Gary Focht
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    @lsuche

    My son was cooking and cut the tip of his thumb about like that. It grew back very well. You can hardly tell he cut it.

    Good luck.

    #139569
    David B
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    @dbockel2

    OUCH! I can relate. It will be a process to restore some sensation to this part of your finger. Best wishes for the “recovery”!

    #139570
    jbsarver
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    @jbsarver

    I did the exact same thing about 6 months ago. My cut was about half as thick but you can not tell that I even cut it now. Very tender for a while.
    Keep it clean and padded, seems it will always find something to hit.
    joe

    #139572
    kjellhar
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    @kjellhar

    I have done that on the same finger twice. Apparently it grew back since I managed to slice it off the second time. Lots of blood, lots of inconvenience and it hurts for a while, but nothing to worry about. No need for medical attention unless it gets infected.

    Kjell

    #139582
    Christopher
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    @flatboarder1

    That’s good to hear, actually I have an appointment today with a hand specialist for my Dupytrans syndrome, funny uh. And Bob I have already bumped it into everything but the kitchen sink so far so that was funny. After I stopped the bleeding last night I went back to work and after about an hour went by I bumped it into the wall and almost never got it to stop bleeding so I went home.
    Thanks for all the comments I really was worried that maybe I would have to have a skin graft or something. The picture I took makes it look smaller than it really is.
    I couldn’t believe I sliced off the end of my finger It was so fast I didn’t even have time to react. I’ve cut thin pieces before but nothing this deep and large. Thanks again for comments.
    Keep on Woodworking!!

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

    #139737
    Christopher
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    @flatboarder1

    Twice, That had to hurt the second time. lol. I guess it was all healed up when you did it the second time cause I know I haven’t let a knife get even close to that finger since. If I would just stop bumping it to things I would be much better. Ha ha. But it is healing really good, and fast. I thought for sure It wasn’t going to heal because of the hole that was there. but its growing back like a Lizards tail. Cheers
    Chris

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

    #139747
    kjellhar
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    @kjellhar

    It was completely healed, so yes, it hurt just as much the second time. There are things you never get used to.

    #139823
    Steve Giles
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    @gilessteve

    It doesn’t look small in the picture to me! I cringed when I first saw it.

    Hope it is starting to feel better. Practice your Tony Iommi riffs!

    #139825
    Christopher
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    @flatboarder1

    Hey Steve, remarkably it’s healed up good. I was surprised that much skin grew back. Even that or I’m part Lizard lol.

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

    #141774
    Thomas Angle
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    @tomangle

    I know a couple people that cut the tips off their fingers and the skin grew back. My grandfatherdid have his finger nail grow down like the hood of a VW bug. Other than that, you cannot tell it happened.

    I cut myself all the time. In fact I say if there is not blood, it is not done right. The last bad one I had was a cut all the way across my thumb. Did not feel a thing. So I know the shapening job was done right.

    Smithville, TN

    Proverbs 18:13
    13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    #141778
    Christopher
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    @flatboarder1

    You know Tom I thought for sure because that I cut the tip completely off that I would at the least it would have a flat spot on the tip of my finger but It grew back so fast and so complete that I cant even tell which finger it was anymore.
    It never ceases to amaze me just how magical our bodies are when it comes to healing. I will say this though I watch where my fingers are with much more accuracy in relation to the tip of that marking knife these days. lol. Cheers

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

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