Make a First Aid Cabinet For the Workshop

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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 05-03-2013 06:39 PM 8600 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a viewer sent me a comment asking if I could make a First Aid Cabinet for the workshop, I thought to myself. “Yea what a perfect project to do”, because I am setting up the new shop, and it was the one thing missing. The First aid Cabinet was made almost entirely out of Pallet Wood. Oh yea! my first Pallet Project! – Website – The United Federation of Woodworkers Member Site – Follow me on Twitter – Like Me on Facebook – A Simple Design of Ocala “Gear” Store

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Greg D

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 07:02 PM

Looking at the pics it turned out very well Laney! Now to watch the video but first to the fridge! Ha ha

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 08:42 PM

Nice job!
I have my first aid supplies in a small tool box, which always gets lost.
I think I’ll adapt this to my shop. Thanks for posting!

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 03:38 PM

Really good idea Laney. Nice build. Safety first, for sure. Like the door knob design as well, very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Carey Mitchell

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 01:10 AM

Great idea. A couple of suggestions:

From my Army days and my solo backpacking days long ago, I learned that the average first aid kit has little value in a major emergency, so I added some things that helped deal with those – and no, I don’t expect everyone to do this. I still keep that super light weight kit in the shop.

1. A tourniquet. We all know the worst-case accident in a WW shop would be an amputation. Being able to grab a tourniquet quickly could be critical.

2. Communication. I added a phone extension in my basement shop. I never use it, but its there for an emergency.

3. Sterile sutures and needle carrier. No, I don’t expect anyone else to be this nutty, but I still carry them in the kit for my solo fly fishing trips into the wilderness and the back country trips in Montana. And, yes, I have used them. 3 stitches in my thumb one day and 11 in a stranger’s leg one night (he was drunk and thought I was a doctor – wanted to pay me !)

4 A sterile scalpel, #11 blade. This is a very sharply pointed blade and is useful for removing broken off splinters. Also good for a tracheotomy (my doctor just about choked on that one when he asked why I had the scalpel – but he was surprised when I showed him that I knew how to do it !)

5. Very sharp point forceps (tweezers). The one like mine will be very hard to find, but what a tool ! Mine came from the Fullam Co, which supplies stuff for electron microscope labs.

6. Small bottle of Visine. We all get a speck of sawdust in the eye occasionally, even with safety glasses. Getting it out quickly and soothing the irritation at the same time is the way to go.

7. Butterfly strips. They can pull a cut together tighter than a band aid.

8. For you guys who do venture in the back country, I carry a small bottle with a number of drugs. My doctor trusts me sufficiently (knowing when and when not to use them) to write a prescription for a few tablets of the heavy duty pain killers. I replace them every few years and bring him the old ones back to prove I didn’t sell them or give them to someone. The only time I ever used any was 30 years ago when we came upon 2 guys who had fallen on a small waterfall. One had a broken leg and the other a fractured skull. The leg got a pill, the skull had to do without.

I also carry a full dose 7 days of Flagyl, to treat giardiasis (beaver fever). Having had it once, my motto is “never again” – it knocks it out quickly.

enough of my ramblings…....... should check out the kit, as the Montana trip is coming up soon !

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 06:11 PM

Thanks crmitchell Great suggestions and tips… I appreciate that.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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