This is my first blog post here at LumberJocks. First I’d like to thank each of you for the warm welcome I have already received. My name is Herb Cumbie and I live in Panama City, Florida. I’m 61 years old. I’ve worked with wood off and on since I was six years old. When I was a young boy I began helping my Dad in our workshop. We made a lot of cedar “hope” chests over the years. We also made some other furniture items and quite a few sets of kitchen cabine...
So in preparation for my major kitchen remodel, I have been building some prototype cabinets, frames, etc. Testing my skills and making sure my existing tools and jigs are up to the task. Well my Craftsman router table has a slight warp in it and ruins the last 6” of just about any edge profile. So I made the decision to build a quick and dirty router table with some melamine I had laying around. It was from an old shop cabinet that came apart. Well, while handling it, I gave...
I’ve noticed lately a few discussions about woodworking with kids. Lots of discussions about safety and the concerns about workshops being the least safe place in the home for a child to be. In addition, there were lots of great stories reminiscing about spending time in Dad/Grandpa’s workshop, Grandparents sneaking their grandkids out to the workshop to have some fun. Last friday produced an opportunity test out some of these discussion points and help me find ways to bond with my daughter o...
The Most Dangerous Power Tools Saw this on Twitter this morning, along with the follow up article. http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/21/most-dangerous-tools-business-healthcare-tools_slide.htmlhttp://www.forbes.com/2009/12/21/most-dangerous-tools-business-healthcare-tools.html Since the evaluation is based on shear numbers of incidences, I do not consider it accurate for woodworking. As woodworkers, we have a double-edged sword: On the one hand, we are much more cognizant of safety tha...
This was originally a comment on this forum thread. I’m posting it again here so more people might see it and avoid serious fire and safety issues in their shop. —————— I’m a firefighter and the head of the emergency response team for a company that specializes in industrial fire protection. Before switching to the industrial side I worked several years as a municipal firefighter. First of all, the original posters assumption that the risk o...
My wife knows little to nothing about woodworking, that being said when she saw the small size of the latest project I am working on I got the standard “You be careful, I don’t need you to cut off a finger” speech and the infamous look. She thinks like Tim Taylor of Tool Time I will use the equipment with the most power for every project which means my 10 inch table saw to make a 1/87th scale (HO Scale) Bedroom Set where the bed is less than 1 inch long. Little does she know I do this typ...
Back when I was in the Army I flew a lot with an old instructor pilot that before each flight he would say “be safe, learn something, and have fun”. He was very specific about the order it was said and it has always stayed with me and believe it translates to anything we do, especially woodworking. Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional woodworker safety should always be your first goal after that hopefully we will learn something and have fun doing it.Most of the accidents I have had...
This is a video I made a wile back but I thought I would repost it due to it being safety week. check out www.hisingwooddesign.com for more info.
Just read Smiiy’s account of his kick back event and was surprised to see the number of LJ’s who were surprised in one way or another by their table saw. On the other hand I have seen some surprising statistcs indicating that injuries on the table saw are pretty common. I am one of those statistics having removed the tip of my left little finger at the outermost joint at the same time nipping the tip of my index and 4th finger. No more flexing my little finger at high tea with t...
Well I made the May 7, 2010 deadline for the Gorilla Glue Contest, just barely. I submitted it at 11:58 p.m. I am quite pleased with myself. Not because I think the project is the greatest project ever made; but rather it was I my first woodworking project that I set a deadline to and met the deadline. Normally the woodworking that I do is in my spare time and gets done when it gets done. No deadline at all. this was fun! I also learned a very important safety tip because of this pro...
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