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 caught on the inside of the vessel. Well it started spinning in my hands and gave me some nice rub marks on my hands. The spinning tool made me let go of it and of course it flew out of my hands and hit me right under my safety glasses and gave my a nice black eye.
I went to my local building supply this morning and bought me a face shield. I just finished roughing out the beech vessel which is now a bowl and not a hollow form. I then proceeded to put a piece of cypress on the lathe to make another bowl and while roughing it out a large splinter came flying off piece and embedded itself about an inch into my chest. Needless to say I just ordered a turning apron and paid the extra for overnight shipping.
The next item will be a fresh air mask so I can use while I am sanding. So any suggestions on a good one that is comfortable will be appreciated.
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