Oops! Slap Shot

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 2×12
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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