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    Hey everyone,

    Last night I apparently thought I didn't need my middle finger nail on my left hand last night. I was making icing for my cupcake box and wasn't paying attention for just a second. The icing slipped and I hit the disk sander with my finger nail. It didn't hurt at the time so I wrapped it up and put on a latex glove and tried to finish the icing. I now have white icing tinted in red. Blood doesn't want to come out of white wood!

    It really doesn't hurt now, except I work on a computer all day and typing can be a hassle. The hardest part is I will have to wait for awhile before sanding anymore icing.

    Charles
    Charles

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    Ouch! Sorry, Charles, that's really a bummer. Been there, done that, but the nail does grow back eventually. I usually end up with little scabs all over my fingers from sanding "bites" if I'm not careful.

    However, I've learned to stay very focused when I use them. I even tried rubber finger protectors, but couldn't find any that stayed on. I give people who do intarsia a lot of credit. Never thought of sanding as a blood sport.

    And I won't make any funny remarks about using bloodwood . . .
    Carole

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    • #3
      Thanks Carole! As I said the hardest part is having to stay away from finishing my cupcake box. As a side note, I was dreading the side cutting of the cupcake with the spiral blade, but it was easier that I thought!

      Charles
      Charles

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      • #4
        As an intarsia person, I have a question to ask: What's a fingernail?

        Jan

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        • #5
          It's usually something that grows on the end of the finger. LOL Mine is gone from cubicle to the tip on about half of the finger!

          As a side note, I envy everyone on here who does intarsia. That's something that I just can't get the grasp. I've tried and tried, but just can't do it. I bought the beginners book and I still don't understand.

          Charles
          Charles

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          • #6
            Ouch Charles, I think we have all been there... Jan I also respect the time you and other put into the sanding of your lovely intarsia....after all the sanding I do on the band saw boxes I see what you go through. I have only made a couple pieces but at first didn't like all the needed close in sanding, but rather enjoyed it when making the boxes...just like to see the end results of the out come...so I think once I get back in the shop I will try my hand at a few more pieces. I do think a good flex power sander will be of great help as well.
            Hawaiilad
            Larry

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            • #7
              It could be worse we could be calling you stumpy.
              Charles if you really are interested in doing Intarsia, I would suggest a class with Judy Gale Roberts.
              Rolf
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              • #8
                You have my sympathies, for sure! I, too, work on a computer all day - even when one finger has to stick out straight because of the giant bandage that they put on after you've had stitches because a piece of wood shot into the finger from the router.

                I'm so glad Handibunny restrained herself regarding "bloodwood."

                Charles, I'm SO with you on the intarsia - even if I had the patience for all that sanding, I have NO eye for how to shape something, how much to sand down, etc. It sure is gorgeous stuff, though!!!!!

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                • #9
                  I was going to post a picture of the finger, but didn't want to gross anyone out.

                  Rolf, I have thought about the class. She's only 3 1/2 hours from me in Seymour, TN. I've checked her schedule often, but with my job and the hours its hard to do. I'm hoping either this year or next.

                  PatteM, I type with all fingers and this is teaching me to type softer.

                  Still hope to get back into the shop either tomorrow or Sunday. Going to just buy a finger splint and use it for the sanding.

                  Charles
                  Charles

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                  • #10
                    Charles, get one of the metal finger splints that cups over the end of the finger and is taped in place. Just be sure to pad the finger well before putting it on.

                    Jan

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Jan. I was looking at that the other day, but thought it would be too bulky. Was looking for one that is made of plastic and fits over the finger, but will try the other.

                      Thanks again,

                      Charles
                      Charles

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                      • #12
                        My wife bought the metal finger splint today. Used it and it was very comfortable. I sanded more on my first icing and got the blood out of the side and most on the bottom. The 1/8" cap will cover the rest. I also cut another icing, but didn't have time to sand it. Will do that tomorrow. To let everyone know NPDH, (No picts DID happen)!

                        Charles
                        Charles

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