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I was grinding a 19" long, 3/8" square rod on the flat of my 4HP hogging grinder and forgot to lower the workstop.

 

When I pushed down on the rod I was impressed with the ballistic efficiency of the system. It punched cleanly through the dust collection hood that I had positioned near it, another 12' until it hit the wall, punching through the sheetrock and insulating foam, and only stopping at the concrete block. A richochet off the floor may have been involved.

 

Here's a picture of the hole it left in the hood.

 

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So, I'm thinking: Zombie apocalypse weapon .. . right?

 

Or, maybe just lower the workrest.

 

Grins,

 

Dave

 

PS: Promise I'll post a blade soon and not just shop tom foolery.

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It wakes you up when something likes that happens :rolleyes:

 

Many years ago I was recreating a piece of molding for an antique clock I was restoring for someone. The molding was made with a number of successive passes across a router table to create the complex shape.

 

Once of those passes required running the piece between the router bit and a fence which is a bit dodgy of a thing to do since the bit will grab the piece if you don't feed from the opposite end than normal.

 

I had been working a long time, it was very late ant night and I was too tired to be working in the shop safely.

 

You guessed it, I forgot to change my feed direction, and as soon as I got the part engaged the bit, it just disappeared from my hands. The 3' piece of oak reappeared 20' away as it disintegrated against the basement wall.

 

I realized how lucky I just got, shut everything off, and went to bed like I should have a few hours before!

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Dave, that's really funny - since you weren't hurt. Glad everyone is okay.

 

Brian, yep, woodworking tools and distraction/fatigue don't mix.

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