SMALL BUSINESS: An Edgy New Idea

A WOODWORKING HOBBYIST HAD A GREAT CONCEPT FOR A SAFER SAW. SO WHY DIDN'T ANYONE WANT TO BUY IT?

In a moment of distraction, Carl Seymour, foreman at the Cabinet Door Shop in Hot Springs, Ark., nearly became a statistic. One morning in March, he was cutting a piece of wood paneling on a power saw when his thumb made contact with the blade. Seymour jerked his hand away, grabbed his thumb in pain and peeked to see how badly it was mangled. To his surprise, it was no worse than a bad paper cut. "I was so happy and excited, I started screaming and jumping up and down," Seymour recalls.

It wasn't just thumb luck. The Cabinet Door Shop...

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