Raining Saw Blades

palletsOne very discouraging thing about the maple syrup season is collapsing woodpiles. I work pretty hard during the year to have sufficient dry firewood for the sap boiling. Last year I had three long rows of wood carefully covered with sheet metal, and the pile stayed up until just about the time I needed it. The snowfall last winter was so heavy that the weight of the snow on the piles knocked them over (a picture of the devastation is available here.)

For the past couple of days, I’ve been working in my shop making two pallets that I hope will solve the collapsing woodpile problem for the foreseeable future. When completed and full of wood, they’ll be solid against most anything mother nature throws at them. (I hope.)

sawbladesI’d just finished up building the pallets and was putting tools away. I hung up my air stapler when I heard a noise above my head. There was a clatter, and the next thing I knew, it was raining sawmill blades. As you can see in the picture, I store my sawmill blades on pegboard high above my work bench. The particle board cracked around the hole that contained the peg holding up about 6 blades. The peg tilted forward, and they slid off. One landed on my arm and punctured the skin in about 6 places. I think I got off lucky on this one. I’ve seen what these blades are capable of when they are spinning on the sawmill, so I’m very careful when I’m sawing lumber. I never thought I needed to look up for them while working at my bench inside until today.

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