The new goggles I ordered from www.safetyglassesinc.com for woodworking came in the mail yesterday. I tried them on, with much anticipation, and was quite disappointed! They sealed really well on about half of the mask (the top half), but the other half was a different story. I’m not sure if this was the intended design, but I could see the ground through the gap between my cheeks and the bottom part of the seal. Something tells me this was not intentional…
As much as I like giving good reviews on woodworking essentials I’ve purchased, this is not one of them – so I’m sending them back tomorrow. I already e-mailed the company. They were really polite and apologetic and offered to send a different style, but I think I’m just going to try and find a pair someplace where I can actually try them on and see how they fit. They did say they would refund my money with no hassles, so they do still have that going for them.
I should have given selecting woodworking goggles the same way one would select SCUBA goggles – they aren’t something you should buy without having first tried them on. Every goggle is going to fit every person’s face a little differently.
So if I have time tomorrow or Sunday, maybe I’ll try to make my way to Rockler and Woodcraft and see what they have to offer. Heck, I might even take TheWoodWhisperer’s advice and check out some of the local hardware stores.
Oh, well. The only thing that bums me out about this is the fact that I really don’t feel safe going back into the shop without some adequate eye protection. My eyes are doing so much better than they were a week ago, but I want that extra security and comfort of full-seal goggles.
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com