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Instructions for using a chisel

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Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Jim Hepler » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:15 am

Chisels should be very sharp on one end only. That end should not be pointed at body parts. I have 4 stitches in my left hand as reminder of that simple rule.

I think I got off lucky. While the cut is quite deep, it is not painful and all my fingers are working. In fact the freezing came out of my hand just in time to play my gig last night.

Apparently, though, I needed to be reminded yesterday, so I mention it today, because a reminder in time saves 4 stitches - at least.

Remember to keep the sharp side directed away from the parts you want to keep.

-Jim
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Bryan Bear » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:24 pm

Good advice. I caught myself about to forget that rule just yesterday.
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Bob Gramann » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:26 pm

That's why they're called "hand tools."
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:53 pm

Yikes! That could end a persons' playing career quickly.

On a personal note Jim, are you going to the Edmonton Guitar Show on Sept. 24?
It would be great to meet you in person!
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Jim Hepler » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:28 pm

Bryan, that's why I posted about it. Just hoping to keep someone else's hands in tact.

Well put, Bob. I was thinking maybe we should all post every time we hurt ourselves, just to remind one another of the hazards. Maybe just the embarrassment of going public would make a fellow slow down and think twice. Anyway, I'm glad my moment of dumbness doesn't seem like it's going to wreck anything permanently.


Gordon, I think I will actually be able to go to the guitar show this year. It will be a first for me. I was hoping you were going to be there. I will be sure to stop and chat with you. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:48 am

" I was thinking maybe we should all post every time we hurt ourselves, just to remind one another of the hazards."
Another thing we could post is the methods we use to eliminate some of those hazards. Why do you think you injured yourself and what are you going to change to keep it from happening again? A number of times I have thought - "gee - that was dumb!", both before and (unfortunately) after injuring myself.
Hope you heal well and quickly!
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Beate Ritzert » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:34 pm

Clay Schaeffer wrote:" I was thinking maybe we should all post every time we hurt ourselves, just to remind one another of the hazards."


Then i would need to flood the forum ...
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Jim Hepler » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:20 pm

A quick follow up. I was using a small crank neck chisel to trim the side of a pick-up cavity. The guitar was clamped to my workbench, and I was able to shave just a bit off of most of the side, but I couldn't properly trim the near side of the cavity because of the back of the chisel not allowing me to drop down in the hole. I should have simply turned the guitar around and reclamped, but instead I just chiselled back towards myself. Must've had my left hand resting on the near side, so when the chisel inevitably slipped, it got me. The solution for me is to always look at what's in line with the direction of force before applying the force.

The stitches came out a few days ago and it's healing up pretty well. I don't think there will be any lasting effects beyond a scar. That's a lucky escape for me. Thanks for paying attention to this. I like building guitars and I like playing them, and I'd sure hate to give up either of those things, so I guess I need to slow down and think ahead. Let`s all be careful.
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Rodger Knox » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:18 pm

Clay Schaeffer wrote:"A number of times I have thought - "gee - that was dumb!", both before and (unfortunately) after injuring myself.


I like to think of that as pre-meditated carelessness. We all try to get away with it now and then...
A man hears what he wants to hear, and disreguards the rest. Paul Simon
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Simon Magennis » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:05 pm

Hmm …
Been there. Done that. I wonder could we sell a T-shirt?
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:45 pm

Jim,
It was great to meet you at the guitar show, finally.

Speaking of injuries; two years ago I rolled over my big toe with the mobile base of the table saw. OUCH!!
Lost the nail, and when it grew back in, it was crooked and growing at a weird angle. So it had to be removed.
I waited as long as I reasonably could to have it done, but it became apparent that it was simply time.
I went in and had it removed, and let me tell you that having the freezing needles in the big toe was extremely unpleasant.
And after a week, I got infection in it, so I've been hobbling around for the last month. Work boots are the worst.

There is my shop injury story for the month; hoping for ever.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!
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Re: Instructions for using a chisel

Postby Jim Hepler » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:11 am

Ouch! Toe injuries and toenail issues are really painful. Yours would make an even more gruesome t-shirt than mine. It sounds like it's been a long term thing too. Happily, I'm basically fine now.

It was good to get the chance to meet you too Gordon. A couple of people I ran into said good things about your guitars. Hopefully something comes out of it for you. Nice to see that those guitars look as great in person as they do on this forum.
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