OK… I’m a little accident proned. I’m going to get a bandsaw in the next week or so, and before I acquire a hospital bill from doing something dumb, I thought I would try a preemptive strike and ask if anyone had any advice or direction for me to take on how NOT to get hurt with it. I realize that most of it is common sense, such as “don’t have the blade guard up all the way when you cut ¼ inch material… etc.” But, are there any special circumstances or jobs that you’ve p...
Slabbin’ at More Wood ....and so once again the earth has settled, the roar of the wind gives place to chance for a change, and i am freed to continue my working of the wood, since my tree friend has experienced a resurrection into the what of ‘wood art’…. And so having some free time….a few hours on Friday to start cleaning up some wood on this one, I preceded to work. What with the cutting and hauling to a wood pile, the small stuff for this winter’...
6 great videos have been posted in our Woodworking Safety Video Challenge in partnership with The Wood Whisperer. And here are three random winners: teenagewoodworker Woodshopfreak Eric Each one will receive LJ shirt, TWW shirt, TWW Finishing DVD and $50 gift certificate to Cooper Safety. Congratulations! Thanks for posting and watching.
In talking with some of my woodworking friends on this subject, I learned that most were not comfortable with kids being in their shops because of safety concerns. Granted, there are extra precautions that must be taken when kids are present, but don’t let this keep you from introducing woodworking to your kids, grandchildren, or even the kids up the street. And if you’re a parent or grandparent who doesn’t have a lot of knowledge around woodworking, but your kids have an ...
The Wood Whisperer has recently announced the first annual Woodworker's Safety Week: May 5 – May 9. He’d like to think of this week as “a refresher course on safety”. Many woodworking sites have decided to participate in this event and LumberJocks are joining with another cool challenge prepared in cooperation with Marc. And since Marc is the famous video star, this challenge is about your own videos again. Remember the success of our first LJ/TWW workshop video...
Well, I’ve been working on my daughter’s toybox for the past couple of weeks. I have the base and the bookshelf top assembled and now I’m adding trim pieces to hide the plywood edges and assembling the toybox lids. However, this weekend, when I was attaching my Kreg pocket screw drill bit to the drill, I got my pinky between the bit and the sleeve (why was it still in the sleeve? Don’t ask). It took 4 1/2 hours in the ER at the local hospital to get 4 stitches, te...
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...
Ok, they tell you to always wear closed toed shoes when you’re working in the shop. Here in S.D. the weather is too nice to have long jeans, leather shoes, and steel toes. So I went out in shorts, a tank top, and flip flops. I was mounting my bench grinder on a 12’ work bench I just finished. I had a ratchet on top, and an open end wrench I was using to hold the nut below. 2 maybe 3 things went wrong #1 – I dropped the wrench on my unprotected big toe. Ouch! #2 – the wrench then d...
I had a couple hours to myself on Sunday. So I took advantage of the time and “upgraded” my table saw. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a feather board at Hartville Tool. I know I probaly could have made one, but that’s not the issue here. Anyways, back to Sunday. A couple of quick cuts and a few counter sunk holes, now I feel a little safer using my saw (or at least I will the next time I use it). It was a little “mini-project” but still I feal I accom...
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...
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