It was 365 days ago I posted my first blog here on LumberJocks. In that time, I took a prolonged hiatus in order to get my home finished so we could move in. However, in that 365 days, I learned a lot. Some of it has already been recounted. However, what I’d like to pass on to fellow woodworkers about safety equipment hasn’t, so why not do so here?
To Whom It May Concern:
You don’t know me from Adam’s house cat. I’m just a fellow woodworker who makes use of various forms of safety equipment, just like you. I have safety glasses, ear muffs, and dust masks because my shop is outdoors so I can’t run dust collection ducts. I’m also a new woodworker, but perhaps I can help you out.
Plenty of woodworkers who put their videos on the net don’t wear proper safety equipment in those videos. Here at LumberJocks, we jump on…err…politely point out what is missing from the picture, sort of like “Where’s Waldo” but with safety glasses. But, perhaps there’s a solution to helping each other remember the safety equipment that folks may not have thought about.
If you go on some of the forums, Sawmill Creek as an example, and ask for advice on what table saw to buy, you’re generally told to buy the best table saw you can afford. The same for bandsaw, router, jointer, etc. And yet, for things like dust masks, hearing protection, eye protection, etc, we tend to go fairly basic. We get things that will definitely do the job, don’t get me wrong there, but perhaps we can do better.
What am I talking about?
Easy…instead of just getting safety equipment that will do the job, why not get safety equipment that’s a pleasure to use? For example, my Peltor Worktunes ear muffs. It drowns out the power tool noise just fine. But I keep finding myself leaving them on in between using the tools, because of the radio inside. I’m rocking out and not disturbing the whole neighborhood…at least not with the music. Not only that, but they’re on the next time I want to fire up.
I saw a review here on LumberJocks for a dust mask with a fan in it. It’s apparently supposed to force air through, where as regular dust masks just become clogged up. This mask’s fan has the added benefit of blowing cool air on the user’s face. Again, this creates a benefit for keeping it handy besides the safety benefits.
Yes, I understand some folks reading this may believe that the safety reasons are plenty. However, perhaps added benefits are a great idea for the rest of us ;)
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!