I had an occasion to cut a taper in the shop this afternoon and wondered why it really felt akward. Many of the tapering jigs seem backwards to me. or In cutting my taper, my left forearm would be just above the blade if I had not stepped to the right of the fence. RIGHT SIDE If I don’t reach across the blade, then the whole onus for holding the workpiece in place falls on the jig itself. Many don’t hold the piece. They rely on the operator to hold it in ...
I just had my breaker box upgraded yesterday. I was recently gifted with a used 4 seater hottub and have been busy with a few projects surrounding that (one being my first ever concrete pour of a 7×7 slab. Thank God for good friends…). I needed a 220 installed and my old box was totally maxed. I have lived in this house for 8 years now and had to undo a good amount of damage of one of the DIYers that lived here previously. I had replaced nearly all the light switches and electri...
Well this afternoon I was finally able to remove the original faceplate and install the new PSI chuck. I can’t really compare it to others but it seems to be pretty nice and only took me 30 minutes to figure out how to open and close the jaws. :P Finally it was on and I had a section of this weird bright orange with white streak wood (anyone have an idea of what kind this is? I know…pictures…) Anyway. NOW I understand all the warnings about face protection and respirators...
the best thing I have found for storing small knives, gouges and chisels in is synthetic wine corks. They do not wear out nearly as fast as regular corks, are non-corosive and not very absorbent, and hold tightly any tool stabbed into them, protecting knife and finger tips. They are also becoming more and more common, and being non-biodegradable or -recyclable, are just adding to land-fills. I’m trying to find other uses for these as well.
It seemed simple enough. Take out the old blades, replace with new ones, screw em’ in, turn on the unit and… BLAMMMMM!!! All hell breaks loose and I’m REALLY glad I replaced the safety shield on the unit. There are blades flying around below the beds and sparks, and… What in the heck happened?? I was not being a typical “man”, but actually read the directions, three times! Are the wood gods out to get me cause of all the wood putty I’ve used?? ...
Well today was a close call. Was in the shop working on a trellis for my wife. I was ripping a 2×4. Lost concentration for a SPLIT second. Wrapped my figers in a dirty shop towel and ran for my wife. Went to ER. Told them what happened and went to room 2. Doctor came and said let me see. Opened the towel and he said “Man that is bad.” We can’t do anything for you here, you’ll need a surgeon. Let me explain. Our hospital here has only 20 beds, 3 floors...
I also posted this in the Safety forum: •I often use my bare fingers around CA and will get it on my hands. This usually isn’t a big deal, however I recently let a good deal of it build up rapidly, and got a nice little burn. The burn was small, but the heat generated by the curing CA glue was very significant and extremely painful. I believe the heat caused the burn, and not a chemical reaction with my skin. The MSDS for CA glue also warns against using cotton gloves, as apparently CA wil...
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...
This article from Makezine.com hit my inbox recently. Woodshop, machine shop, handsaws and chisels can all cause injury and at times, death. Constant vigilance and evaluation of our skills is the only way to reduce the our chances, and our students chances, of injury. Take a moment today to evaluate your own practices and routines and maybe talk with a colleague to get a fresh pair of eyes on the situation. Don’t settle.
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