We have all done things that we know we shouldn’t do. I’m not talking about kicking a cat or mugging someone’s grandma or anything as drastic as that. I am referring to stuff we do in our shops or in our daily lives while in the process of making things or doing a chore in order to cut the corners just a bit and get us to the finish line faster. Sometimes we get away with it, but many times it turns into a mini-disaster and can ruin a project or even become downright dang...
I’ve been meaning to talk about shop safety for a while. The recent news that a jury awarded a guy $1.5 million prompted me to do so. I feel that safety is not the ultimate goal in woodworking. Creating something out of wood is first. I recommend reading Mike Rowe's article about Safety First.
The accident happened when I was nearly finished with a valance to hang over the patio doors and was drilling small holes through which I was threading gold cord. My old-age vision is rather poor so I had taken off my glasses and gotten my face really close to be able to see where I wanted to drill the hole. (Yes, I do know the importance of safety glasses, but what good are they if you can’t see what you’re doing?) Because I was drilling through fabric as well as poplar, I was being caref...
Why should you take away from your precious woodworking time to clean the shop? The obvious answer is safety. Woodworking is much safer without a lot of clutter and piles of saw dust everywhere. There is another reason and in some ways it’s just as important as having a clean, safe place to work. A few years ago, I was working in a cabinet shop building store fixtures for a large retailer. Three months had passed since I had been promoted to Journeyman Cabinetmaker. Times were good, w...
What a great idea on Marc’s part. A week full of safety. This is one very important thing to know when in the shop. This is the exact reason for making this video. I have put some of the safety features of each tool and some basic know how to create a great new show that I hope everyone will enjoy. Here is the Shop Safety Special
Ok, So a little while back I posted a question about air filters and building one. Since then thanks to some Christmas money and a clearance at HD I actually purchased a Rigid Air Filter. I finally got it mounted this past week after few modification to the mounting concept. It seems the prefab floor joist they used to build this house are not what people think of when they tell you to mount it using the floor joists. So I added a little insulation to the ceiling and strapped the unit up. It...
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