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Slap Shot

By Vern Johnson

When I was a kid, I decided to make my own hockey stick in my dad’s workshop. I drew the shape on a 2x12 board and cut it out on the bandsaw. At 2-in., the stick was too thick, so I decided to resaw it. Brilliant! I’d get two perfectly sized sticks out of the deal. With the fence set, I laid the stick handle flat on the saw table and fed the stick’s blade end into the saw.

When I woke up, I was flat on my back, and my jaw felt as though I’d been kicked by a horse. The saw had grabbed the cantilevered stick blade and slammed it down to the table. Consequently, the handle flew up and nailed me right in the chin. It was a knockout!


This story originally appeared in American Woodworker January 2005, issue #112.

January 2005, issue #112

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