SAFETY and a few words about hand tools When I first thought about teaching woodworking to kids I wondered, “would it be safe?”. At the time I couldn’t find any written information other than wear safety glasses and “be safe”. After I had been teaching for a while I found the first question parents always asked was, “is woodworking safe for my child?”. The article below is the chapter on safety from my book Woodshop for Kids with a few minor changes. This was written with the...
I wanted to start this blog on shop safety as this is a very important aspect of any work you do. As woodworkers, we are exposed to hazards every time we go into the shop, whether it is a table saw that could remove a few fingers, a sharp chisel or even just going up a ladder to grab some boards from your lumber rack. It is shocking how quickly and easily we can injure ourselves which can be either simply counter productive possibly forcing you to sand some blood stains off of your piece or e...
Last time I promised a blog on work holding. This subject has almost become an obsession with me the last few years. I got tired of making do with c clamps and other ways to clamp something firmly and safely. I grew up in a shop where safety was not always a big priority and as a result saw numerous accidents over the years. Working in production for years influenced my thinking to do things safely, but yet maintain a certain amount of speed. In the next few blogs I would like to share some ...
In the process of making a jig, I routed a dado for T-track in recycled plywood. Since my trim router was already set up with a ¾” straight bit, I used it – making four shallow passes 9” long and a total depth of 3/8”. After each pass I stopped and vacuumed the sawdust. After the final pass when I started to vacuum, I saw burning embers and immediately stopped vacuuming. (You can see the burn remaining in the dado in the photo above.) I knocked the sawdust out of the dado and onto the ...
In this video I share how I cut small parts on the miter saw. I am sure this one will be cause for active commentary from the safety police and maybe the hand tool junkies for not using a fancy hand saw to cut small pieces. Well, this is the way I do it in the American Craftsman Workshop. Because if the tool doesn’t make any noise and throw a rooster tail of sawdust, how am I supposed to know that any work is getting done? I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful;) Rem...
Made a little video with the mistake I made while cutting a piece of brass… Luckily I wasn’t hurt and learned my lesson hopefully you learn something too. View on YouTube
I’m starting back up Tuesday Tool Time where I go and review a tool, give info about tools, and yeah….talk about tools. This week I chose to do my 14” bandsaw by Ridgid Power Tools and also Magid Cutmaster Gloves. Both are great products. See what I have to say about each! View on YouTube
I got two gift cards in my Christmas Loot this year. They were for two different stores, but things worked out. Lately I’ve been thinking as I do things around my shop. When I make sparks while grinding a bolt I wonder if they might somehow start a fire in the sawdust. I’ve wanted a second pair of safety glasses so I won’t have to hunt down the one I set down. My ear plugs are starting to look dirty. So I took the cards and bought some safety gear for the shop. I got ...
The Grr-Rip Block smart hook pushblock from Microjig is now available in Australia and New Zealand from onewood.com.au You can get it here http://goo.gl/OZdTRi Micro Jig
Wood Thoughts #8: Are You Ready for Woodworking Safety Day? Or As I Like to Call It, “Not the Zombie Apocalypse”
Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org Let me start off by saying that safety is never a joking matter, – So why are you writing this post? – and in the short five months that I have been writing this blog, safety has occupied 5% of all posts on this website (now standing at 10%). The last time I talked on this subject it was the basic idea of personal responsibility. If you are uncomfortable with it, do not do it; just say, "No." Well &...
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