All those things your high school shop teacher told you about safety....they are all true. While you may not have time to review the top 10 safety tips every woodworker should know, let's highlight on Number 8 in hopes that nobody else will share the fate of my Uncle's kubb-building injury.

8. Always Work Against the Cutter

Woodworking Power Tools are designed so that the direction that the wood moves through the tool (or the direction that the tool moves across the wood) is in the opposite direction of the movement of the cutting head. In other words, a router bit or saw blade should cut against the motion and not with it. The cutter should cut into the stock, not backwards, with the stock. On a table-saw for example, never pull the wood towards you; push the wood away from you, and always push with a push shoe or stick.

Here's what happens when you don't:

For those that do not want to share the fate of my Uncle Steve (now nicknamed "Counts to Nine") you can buy a real nice official kubb set from

However, I hear the King is laden with bloodstains, which actually could prove to be a really cool, but at a high price.