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.
Hi, all - Though the title of this posting is (mildly) humorous, the content is, unfortunately, not. I work in the chemistry dept at Yale, and overnight we had an undergraduate researcher die in a machine shop accident. Reports so far today suggest that her hair got caught in a lathe, which is why I am posting here. I see enough beautiful lathe-produced work on this site that I’d hate to have anyone else suffer the same consequences. So, ladies (and you lock-laden gents), please ...
New Delta Unisaw 5 hp table saw $3000New Jet 18” 3 hp bandsaw $1700New Jet 8” Jointer with Helical Head $1700 Trip to the emergency room “Priceless” Hi folks, after retiring about two years ago, and after procrastinating the entire time, I decided to set up the woodworking shop that I always wanted. With the wifes blessing I ordered everything I needed and as each arrived I carefully uncrated, move to location, and began the tedious task of seting up and fin...
After 40 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 ...
So, after a little kickback scare cross-cutting some 1/2” plywood, I decided to upgrade my cross-cutting sled. The one I have been using sits on only one side of the blade and has just a small fence and no hold downs. This can allow the work to rotate away from the fence and toward the blade (causing the aforementioned scare). After doing some research here and other places on the Net, I found the Super Sled design from the Eagle Lake Woodworking site. I am going to attempt to build...
Grandma's Picture Frame #3: Zero Clearance Take 2: Using a Molding Head on the Table Saw, Safety and Other Thoughts
In the last blog entry, the table saw molding cutter fiasco was discussed. After some feedback, and encouragement, and trust that the mishap was partly due to a knot in the wood (WHO PUT THAT THERE!), I went back and reworked the Insert. This time I made it slower, neater, and let the cutter itself remove the kerf by very, VERY slowly raising it while the fence held it down. If you do this, please use a cutter that has both outside edges; otherwise, you may not have created a universal slot f...
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