Ouch!!! Finger cracks, again?
There are several things about woodworking during the colder months of the year that I simply detest. First, of course, is paying for fuel to heat the little shop. The second, and significantly more painful, is the phenomena of cracking at the end of fingers caused by dryness and exposure to solvents associated with the building and finishing processes. This happens to me every year. And, strangely enough, it seems to happen more readily on the right hand (probably because this is the hand that holds the wiping and polishing rags, abrasives, etc). No matter how much or what type of moisturizer I use, I will inevitably bump and re-open the wounds just as they are beginning to heal. This is always accompanied by the utterance of some type of expletive, as it is a jabbing little pain that I wasn’t expecting.
This condition is certainly not unique to me. Most of the woodworkers that I know, experience it, to a greater or lesser degree. And, there are a number of companies that promote products that, purportedly, put a quick end to the condition. There are probably multiple companies because no one company has come up with a non-fail method, to date. In recent years, many of us have turned to adhesive products with names like Nu-skin, Tuff-skin or simply reach for the CA glue bottle. It’s my understanding (not based on specific professional evidence) that CA is the same product used as veterinary surgical adhesive, and as a battle field wound adhesive. That said, most CA glue bottles state that the product is not to be used in such a way. But, many of us in the “old codger” fraternity will turn to this method when the more customary products fail.
If anyone reading this blog has found a method of quickly and effectively dealing with this problem, please share it. You’ll earn the gratitude of a great many folks who suffer with this problem, year after year.