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  1. I thought I'd post this little warning here since it's the most visited section of the forum.. First a short back story. I've been pretty vacant from this forum lately due the the fact that Ive been working two new jobs. On top of running my core business and doing my own builds I've been doing repairs with a well known guy down here in So Cal . The other gig has been consulting, designing, and sudo-ghost building instuments for a new line of guitars for the same guy Right now the new guitar start up has sold 20 new builds on pre orders and committed to delivering them by Dec 21st. It's a tall order seeing that we were given six weeks to do them and it's me and one other guy doing all of the work and they are all due by Dec 21st. I've been putting in 12-14 hr days trying to meet this deadline. Anyways, fast forward to 10 PM last night I was routing a bunch of control cavities with the hand held plunge router. I was working at a fast pace and between guitars and was putting the router upside down on the table just to my left side between each piece. (I was in a sitting position while routing on a workmate in front of me), I got to a pace where I would put the router on the table to my left while it was still spinning down. One of those times it started to fall off the table while still spinning down and in that split second I instinctively reached my left hand out to catch it and we'll, you can imagine what happened next. I got finished with stitches at the ER this morning around 5 AM. I got extreamly lucky and my "bite" was isolated to the fleshy part of my palm and missed all my fingers. The thought of how much worse it could have gone makes me cringe every time I run it back in my head. Needless to say my injury could have been easily avoided and I learned a valuable lesson the hard way. Be careful out there, slow down and don't get complacent with you power tools. It's not fun when they bite back. JW
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