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doh.jpgI guess it was a pretty safe week out there among Toolmongers because only a couple of you stepped up to admit your mistakes.  Or maybe you’re just afraid we’ll laugh at you.  Well, we will indeed laugh.  But just to let you know how we’re laughing with you and not at you, we’ll share a story of our own.

We keep a 150 lb. anvil in the shop for a lot of reasons, the main one being that there’s absolutely nothing better to use when you need to beat on something than an anvil.  It’s far better than the driveway, workbench, or anything else in the shop.  We were moving it around to use it in a tool test, and, well, let it get away from us.

One of us had the stand and the other had the anvil, and we managed to get tangled up in each others feet and trip.  The bad news is that once a 150 lb. anvil gets moving it’s pretty hard to stop.  Thankfully it didn’t get completely away from us and we managed to push it to the side a bit so that it only landed partially on one of our calf muscles as opposed to square on it.

I’m sure if it’d’ve landed square on it’d have crushed the muscle and probably the bone, too.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  As it happened, it hit the ground tilted and didn’t put its full force on the leg.  It ended up leaving a lot of pain and a nasty bruise but no permanent damage.

Whose leg did it fall on?  I’m not going to tell you.  It’s pretty embarassing anyway that we were stupid enough to let it happen and only the complete lack of “Doh!” moments as good as this one made us ‘fess up in public.

The lesson to be learned from this: When you’re moving something heavy, never do it “quickly.”  Take a moment to think about exactly where you’re going with it and how you’re going to do it.  If two of you are coordinating your movements, do it before you start, not after you drop it.

And please, someone ‘fess up to a decent “Doh!” moment for us all to learn from next week so we don’t have to tell you about ours.  We’ll drop you something from the tool pile if we select your story for next week’s “Doh!” of the Week.  Just drop it as a comment right on this post.


5 Responses to “Doh!” of the Week: Dropping an Anvil on Your Foot

  1. Terry Humphries says:

    Ok Well here it is.
    I was working on welding a project together when I realized I need to shortne one of the pieces. In my infinte wisdom I decided that rather than tote out the torch or a hacksaw, I’d just up the amps and melt the excess off using the welder. As I as gouging it off the rod stuck, as I wiggled on it it came loose and when down toward the floor. As I was start back with my “cutting” I realized that my leg felt starngly warm and damp. When I looked down at my overalls there was a lot of red liquid. Figuring I’d nicked myself somehow I droped my overalls to survey the damage only to be greeted by a blood squirtgun. Seems I’d plunged the red hot welding rod into my leg and nicked an artery. Unfortunatly, panick snuck it’s way into my head and I proceded to run across the yard with a finger over the hole and my overalls around my ankles. Fortunatly we live in the country so the nieghborhood at large was spared the sight. BY the time we got ot the hospital it and quit bleeding and my wife had quit laughing. The Dr said I’d live bandaged it and sent me home. The next time I went and got the hacksaw and to this day my daughter hates to leave me alone when I weld.

  2. PeterP says:

    I think the most painful thing ive experienced recently was almost dropping my motorcycle while moving it around the shop. I put my foot in the wrong place, hit my shin on the footpeg, and lost my grip on the bike. I managed to catch it before it hit the ground, at which point every muscle in my back exploded. That was a good couple of days on painkillers.

  3. Jim Nutt says:

    I was once replacing a transmission in a car and decided to clean the new (junkyard) tranny before installing it. So, I put it in the back of another car and took it down to the local do it yourself car wash, where they had a degreaser setting. The d’oh was in the footwear, I was wearing deck shoes that were a bit worn in the soles. So, here I am carrying the transmission across the car wash bay when I hit a particularly slick wet spot on the concrete. My feet came out from under me, and the transmission went flying into the air. I landed on my rear, which smarted pretty good, but the transmission landed on my leg, which hurt even worse! Fortunately, nothing was broken, either on me or the transmission and I learned a valuable lessons… wear shoes with a non-skid sole when carrying heavy metal objects!

  4. TL says:

    My safety tip of the week is to throw down a blue tarp to collect scraps before starting any demolition project.

    When I bought my house I knew that my deck needed to be replaced. After I put my foot through it for the second time I decided the project couldn’t wait any longer. So as I’m ripping boards off, I toss them in a big pile in the lawn. Once I got to the substructure the boards were large enough that I would have to carry them to the pile instead of throwing them. It was as I was carrying one of the 4×6 beams to the pile that I discovered the moss covered deck boards were mostly the same color as the moss covered lawn. I also learned that deck boards thrown across the yard will always land with their remaining nails pointy side up. Ended up with a 1/4″ deep hole in my heal, a blood stained sock, a ruined pair of hiking boots, and a sore arm after the tetanus shot.

  5. Michael says:

    I recently needed a new “zero-tolerance” insert for my tablesaw. Instead of buying one I decided I’d make my own with what I had in the shop. Only trouble was I didn’t have any phenolic plastic. I decide to use a scrap of 1/8 cabinet grade plywood I had in my scrap pile. Worked fine until 15 minutes ago when I was ripping some small 3 1/2″ blocks of Ipe. I was using a block to keep pressure on the side of the piece and a pushstick to hold the wood down. About half way through the last of 16 blocks the plywood gave out. The first thing I felt was the pushstick slamming into my palm. I shut the saw off and was amused at my stupidity. The Ipe block had rammed down through the plywood (where it still resides). The kickback as it did so was what i felt through the pustick. Luckily the only injury, other than my ego, was a small bruise in the center of my palm.
    I’m going to log onto Lee Valley Tools and buy an insert kit as soon as I finish up here.

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