A lot has been written about safety in the workshop. We all know there is no more important rule than to wear safety glasses. Breathing protection, hearing protection, blade guards, riving knives and many other things are mentioned repeatedly. But tonight I just happen to be in the mood to talk about MY number ONE safety rule: when to not go in to the shop. As may be deduced from my username and avatar, my work often has me up at all hours of the day and night. So it should be no surpr...
Got the crap scared out of me last night, BIG TIME. The temperature dipped to 38 degrees in Lincoln, aka the HuskerPlex. To bump the temp up in my detached garage shop, I plugged in my large, forced-air, torpedo heater. It blew a continuous stream of sparks and flaming shreds of debris all over everywhere. After a wild-eyed panic stop, carefully checking for burning embers, and changing my pants, I figured it out. Mice had built a large nest in the heater. Resulting Safety Tip: E...
My table saw has a simple pull push switch and for a long time I’ve puzzled over how to add one of those paddle switch mods to it. There have been times when I would have felt more comfortable being able to power down my saw without moving my hands. Like usual I thought about it for a while and just recently came up with this. Above the switch itself is a sort of ledge just big enough to fasten a small hinge. I attached the hinge to a 10 inch length of 1/8 inch hardboard. I cut ...
A flash of inspiration hit me today as I was examining some old 45 blade storage boxes. My draw knife has rattled about loosely in a box with nothing but underwear on (a cardboard tube from paper towels). It was kinda like reaching into a pit of vipers digging around in that box. But now, I have a safe and useful storage “jig”. http://kragerwoodworking.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/finally-safe-storage-for-draw-knife.html Dan
Here’s a great tip on using up those scrap pieces of plywood. If you like this video, we have new ones every Thurdays on our youtube channel.
My spring clamps have a lot of miles on them. Which mean that little plastic coating on the end is gone. And sometimes i need that on the clamp. So here is a little tip which replaces that. If you like the video, we post new ones every Thursday at our youtube channel. www.youtube.com/bigchopperoo
There was something fishy when I negotiated the price for Delta Contractor Saw, a 34-410B, on Craiglist. The splitter was missing. But, at $250, it was an affordable step up and a project saw that was in really good starting condition. Encouraged by a video demonstation of kickback, I tackled the safety issue today. I cut a piece 1” x 1/8” steel to rough length. After several hours of angle grinding, filing, and polishing with my spindle sander, I was able to match the thi...
While I was preparing to do some re-sawing on my (Grizzly 550) bandsaw yesterday I had unique- at least to me- experience. I had just reset the guides and tested with a rip cut just to be sure all was well. While ripping I notice the blade doing some crazy stuff; it would push forward and then move back, almost like an orbital jigsaw motion. I stopped the saw as quick as I could and opened the wheel housings and rotated the wheels by hand. Sure enough the blade would track the center and...
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 don’t much like a lot of personal safety equipment. I always use safety glasses but that is usually about it. I feel like I am suffocating when using dust masks. Face shields are just large and bulky. I don’t like gloves because you can not feel what you are working with. These excuses may be idiotic and if I would use the equipment I would get used to it.So the other day I was doing a hollow form on the lathe out of a piece of dried beech. I was using a swan neck scraper and it...
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