View Full Version : Smart???

03-04-2004, 02:27 PM
I am pretty smart. I even have a certificate that says I am pretty smart. So how come I am nursing -- again -- a bleeding thumb from not clamping a part down to drill a hole in it. I know better. Even if you are drilling a 3/32" hole in a 400 pound engine block it is a good idea to clamp the work down. Or keep lots of bandaids around.

Forrest Addy
03-04-2004, 02:51 PM
I been that kinda smart. I must be good at it because I been that kinda smart many times and have scars on the appendages to show for it.

Paul Alciatore
03-04-2004, 02:59 PM
I'm really smart. I find the holes, bruses, scratches, etc the next day and never even know what caused them. My wife just shakes her head and mumbles something in Italian.

I found a fresh cut on the back of my heel a couple of days ago. I'm really wondering how that happened. I'll likely die of a self inflicted wound and not know about it for several days after it happens.

I rarely clamp work in the drill press but I do always make sure it can't spin if the drill grabs.

Paul A

03-04-2004, 03:00 PM
WOW! Great shop. I covet your bandsaw. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

03-04-2004, 03:09 PM

I assume you were using a drill press.

Don't feel too bad. From a couple of articles I've read, more workshop accidents happen while using a drill press than any other tool.

We all know what to do we just don't do it.

03-04-2004, 03:46 PM
I'm just as smart as the rest of you guys. Why, just a few minutes ago I put water on for tea. Then wondered why I wasn't hearing any boiling noises. Didn't turn the burner on.
Yeah, I've had my share of dp accidents, same reason. On both drill press and mill, while using a fly cutter-- didn't anticipate the cutter coming around-- the hand just doesn't stand up to the unforgiving steel. My biggest problem with the dp is that I've developed a technique of allowing the workpiece to 'float' while centering under the drill bit, then I just go ahead and drill. It's done before I could find the clamp.
Ever have to look around the shop to find a workpiece with half a drill bit stuck in it---

metal mite
03-04-2004, 04:24 PM
Maybe we should all take up bowling.

L Webb
03-04-2004, 05:06 PM
I've only had a couple of metal and wood splinters and one bandaid this week in the shop. Not a bad week.

But if I go to work on my pickup, I just take a tool and go ahead and hit it across my knuckles before I start. That way I don't have to worry about when am I going to skin them. Get it out of the way first. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


03-04-2004, 05:21 PM
A machine shop is obviously a potentially dangerous place..

Be careful out there if you are working with people..I had an employee that has hepatitis-B...When I found out that he had it, I kind of freaked out (I didn't freak out at him)..

I proceeded to call the department of health to see if I am at high risk...I said that we are a machine shop..They said that I am at absolutely no risk, because you transmit it through bodily fluids like blood...

What idiots..this is a machine shop..we cut are selves on a semi-daily basis..I AM at high risk, even if the department of health disagrees...

I went and had my series of 3 shots for hepatitis-B...No chances...There is always blood at work...

be careful,

03-04-2004, 07:35 PM

Just about everyone thumbs their noses at safety issues for little things like that - because it is "just one hole" - next thing you know I am drivng a guy to the hospital with a thumb wrapped in in bloody gauze.

Better safe than sorry, you only have two eyes, eight fingers, two thumbs, two hands, one nose, and one pecker. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-04-2004, 10:58 PM
At work we have and old drill press with a foot switch,it also has a toggle switch to kill the foot switch while changing bits,helper didn't think he needed this feature while changing bits,he got three of his fingers wrapped up in the chuck,didn't break any,but bruised finger nails smart!

J Tiers
03-05-2004, 12:18 AM
I hate foot switches.

It is amazing how the use of a foot to hold you up tends to override the need to let up on a control if you get into trouble.

Training your foot otherwise takes a while, and isn't reliable for me in emergencies.

03-05-2004, 12:27 AM
I should have been on america's dumbest machinists program. I was doing some welding at a friend's business. The job needed a few drilled holes in some angle iron pieces. It was about 20*F outside and about 10*F inside his plant. I had my gloves on to keep my hands from sticking to the metal. After I had drilled the holes I reached for the off button and a long wild chip was still spinning on the drill. Needless to say the chip grabbed the glove and wrapped my 4 fingers around the 1/2" drill. Tryed to pull away but no good. That little bench top drillpress wouldn't stall. Smoke was coming from the glove by the time I could reach around to hit the stop switch. I had to pry my fingers loose from around the drill. I was half afraid to take the glove off. I didn't know if the fingers were intact. I was extremely lucky, everything still attached, only slightly stretched, and a little bruised and burned. That was the 1st and last time for wearing ANY gloves around machinery, and the last time I ever did any work outside my shop. I used my own equipment from then on, I don't have to look for the shut off switches.

Keep safe,

G.A. Ewen
03-05-2004, 12:54 AM
I to often discover cuts, sratches and bruises only hours after the fact. This injury, however, did not go unnoticed. Had to say all the french words that I know twice. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


The vise on my Elliot shaper is heavy. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif

03-05-2004, 03:09 AM
George, thems too ugly even fer French cus words! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-05-2004, 07:16 AM

Here's how smart I am.....

I was using a power drill on a piece of work clamped to a worktable. I was holding the drill with my right hand almost tucked into my right armpit. All was going fine untill some SOB hit me on the back of my head with a 2x4! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif
It took a second to remember that I was alone. Then when I tried to look to the right, I couldn't move my head. That's when I saw the end of my ponytail in the drill's vents.
I have always been careful with my hair around tools. Except for some incidents with a creeper, I haven't had any problems http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif
Anyway, I went back to work after cutting my hair free and tucking my (shorter) ponytail under the neck of my shirt. The next two holes went fine, then on the last hole, THAT SAME SOB HIT ME WITH THE SAME 2X4! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif
For years, no problems, then, TWICE in one day, within minutes! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//redface.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//redface.gif

BTW, the drill was fine after re-assembly and removal of a hairball that would choke a lion! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif

Anyone can screw up once in a while, but it takes REAL talent to do the same stupid thing twice on one piece of work! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif


[This message has been edited by Maker (edited 03-05-2004).]

03-05-2004, 08:34 AM
Pony tails,you know a man can fit through the throat of a drill press when they get caught in the spindle http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

03-05-2004, 09:07 AM
I was honing an engine block for a 12 hp B&S motor. It was cast iron. I have a old Skill two hand 1/2 inch drill motor that the honing mandrel was chucked into. Since the shaft of the hone was long, I put the block on a board and stood on the monting lugs of the block with my work boots(You can see whats coming can't you?)Everything is going fine until the hone gets caught in the bottom of the bore.

I was worried that I'd break my wrists until the block whacked me in the shins the first time.After the second pass I had the presence of mind to just let go of the drill motor.

Sometimes you just have to take a minute and lay there and ponder just how dumb you really are.