Oct. 20/10 Today I started to tackle the task of Xmas present making—some bottle stoppers. It has been a while since I’ve worked on the lathe but things were going well. I took a break to prepare dinner and while peeling some potatoes the peeler slipped and sliced the end of my finger. (no—the accident didn’t happen at the lathe.) I guess I did a pretty good job on the cut because it took 3 bandaids and elevation of the hand to get the finger to stop bleeding. (w...
Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #19: Safety week? We don't need no stinking safety week! (Stumpy's Safety Poster)
It’s woodworking safety week. I know, I’ve been planning for months. This morning I finished decorating the safety tree, I hung the red halogen safety lights all over the outside of the shop. My wife is wearing her safety dress and I am drinking decaffeinated coffee this morning, because someone said it was safer. These days there’s a “week” for everything. We just wrapped up “earth week”, already the third or fourth one this year it seems, which u...
I fought the saw and the saw won. As it will 100% of the time. So, I thought I would post this blog to remind everyone that it happens. Actually, this is the first kick back that I have experienced. I know why it happens. I know how to prevent the likelihood that it will happen. I use caution. But, it happened anyway. It threw a 18 X 20 piece of 3/4 ply at me, frisbee style. It so torqued the saw blade on the arbor shaft, that I cannot remove the nut to remove the blade to inspect fo...
Wed evening I was working on a project in the shop,and in a split second of stupidity, a 14”x18”x3/4” piece of plywood was caught by the blade on my table saw and thrown back at me and hit me in the gut, it was like being kicked by a mule (I would imagine that is what a mule kick would feel like), I thought I would be ok, but after about an hour I started feeling faint, from loss of blood internally, that was the most scarey feeling I have ever had, I thought, this was it, I...
After 36 years of woodworking and some major remodeling, I can be proud of my lack of injuries more severe than a nasty oak splinter under the finger nail or pinning my finger to a door jam with a 18 ga. nail gun. I have always strived to be safe and totally focused on what I’m wearing, where my hands are and using repetitive safety methods on every power tool. I show my hands all the time to my guys as an example. See? No scars, ten fingers, safety first. We all watched out for ...
Well, I have to admit this is a new one for me. I’m in the final steps of completing my version of the new fangled workbench and was moving the top, back and forth over the leg assembly. It’s 2’ x 4’ x 2” thick with a 50 pound Craftsman woodworking vise on one end. Weighs about 125 lbs. Never actually picked it up , just moving, flipping it top to bottom, so I could get to the bottom and fit it to the leg assembly base. Well, low and behold,, I hear a gi...
Well – here is my version of the short fence. I’d really appreciate your looking at this and letting me know if I’m all wet in my description/explanation or if I’m missing the point or did not explain something very well. That’s the only way I’ll learn – if you tell me. I sincerely appreciate your honesty and your input. So here goes. The case for the short fence is all about safety. When you cut a board you only have complete control of t...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options Last week I asked the community for their favorite quick safety tips and they were kind enough to respond with some fun and insightful tricks of the trade. So I took a few of my favorites and bundled them up in this 50’s style educational video. I hope you enjoy! Special thanks to Jeremy Kriewwaldt, Tom Obrien, Bearwood, Ted Ames, Mark Loughran, Benjamin Roesler, and Don Hall. Looking for the finger wrap s...
Was working in the shop when I came across this wonderful opportunity to make this video! Check it out and you will know what I mean….. Thanks for watching and keep some super glue handy!
I have done it hundreds of times—making repetitive cuts on table saw—and I am sure you have too. But NEVER get complacent using a table saw! There I was cutting a doado in a length of soft cedar, guiding it on past the blades, when it bound up and shot back! When it did, it not only broke my newer fetherboard, propeled the board back into my truck tailgate, but it also drew the push block—with my hand—back over the spinning dado blade. Here is the board. I ...
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