A Slight Delay...

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 01-27-2007 06:02 AM 877 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The new goggles I ordered from 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,

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#1 posted 01-27-2007 03:08 PM

don’t mess with the eyes.
So get back to the planning table (or maybe the video camera) and show us what you are GOING to work on, once you get the safety glasses.
best of luck with the search

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-27-2007 06:13 PM

Check your yellow pages under safety, even in my small community of 16,000, there’s about a 1/2 dozen industrial safety suppliers listed. They also have respirators, & ear protection, or just about anything in safety.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-27-2007 06:20 PM

I buy mine at Home Depot. There’s a rack and you try on every pair til one fits the way uoi want. or Lowes.

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#4 posted 01-27-2007 07:34 PM

For those of us who wear glasses, a face shield can be an alternative as well. It can provide protection covering more than just your eyes.

Of course there is that large area to clean off when the dust is flying..

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Ethan Sincox

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#5 posted 01-28-2007 05:27 AM

Debbie, you want pictures of my drawrings? Seems a bit… anticlimatic, you know? We’ll see.

Bill, I no longer wear glasses, hence the need for safety glasses. I will still use the full face shield when I’m on a lathe, however. But for daily use, I want something that seals around the eyes, not just the standard safety glasses (I have some of them already, anyway).

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 01-28-2007 06:18 AM

Ethan, are you looking for something that fits similar to underwater goggles? Perhaps you’ve been wearing glasses so long that you feel ‘exposed’ without that plastic.

Look at these safety glasses #VGC420

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 01-28-2007 06:30 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, Don, but as I said in the blog entry, I’m not going to order the goggles on-line again – I’m going to find a place where I can try them on to see how they fit.

-- Ethan,

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