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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 1436 days ago 3782 views 0 times favorited 63 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieMojo

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1436 days ago

Is wearing gloves while woodworking dangerous? I have a pair of tight fitting fingerless gloves. They really help when it gets cold to prevent numbness. When I work with rough lumber, it also does a good job of keeping long splinters to a minimum (hey I’m a hobbyist and have wimpy hands). I’ve recently heard some people saying that wearing gloves while woodworking is dangerous. I can only assume this is related to the idea of a snag or something. I just wanted to see other peoples thoughts.


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pommy

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#1 posted 1436 days ago

never wear them personally im the touchy feely guy splinters are what makes us men god dam it LOL…........

ps they still darn well hurt though

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 1436 days ago

I think it would be dangerous. I know what you mean though about protecting your hands from slivers etc. The only time I wear gloves is when I am hauling wood into or out of the shop. I dont wear them at all while using the machinery. I think sometimes the feel of the wood as it is passing through the blades helps me to know whats going on.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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SCOTSMAN

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#3 posted 1436 days ago

I personally never wear gloves, watches ,or anything like jewelerry, etc . However when turning a piece of very dry oak that’s very hot chips flying from it onto the back of your hand, I have been sorely tempted sometimes! wow ouch burny burny.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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TheDane

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#4 posted 1436 days ago

I wear fingerless weight-lifter gloves when I am using hand-tools to do work at the bench.

Wearing gloves when you are using power tools is sort of like asking for trouble.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 1436 days ago

I wear them for construction but rarely in the shop..
The fingerless ones are good for framing and roofing etc. .
I do wear leather gloves often when turning and sanding at the lathe to keep from burning my hand on hot chips.
I caution you to only use a glove when you completely understand where your hands should and should not go and stick to the regimen.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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ajosephg

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#6 posted 1436 days ago

I agree – gloves and rotating equipment are a bad combination.

If the glove gets snagged it can drag your hand into the machine. Without a glove, if you get caught you have a chance to pull back and minimize the injury. It could be the difference between a nasty cut and the loss of an appendage.

-- Joe

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HokieMojo

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#7 posted 1436 days ago

hmmm…. I see where this is going quickly. Looks like I’ll need to make some changes. Here is another one though. What about while using a router when it is hot? I’ve got wooden handles on my router and when it gets hot, I have trouble keeping as good a grip as I’d like. Would it be safe while using a router (NOT in a table setup).

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pommy

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#8 posted 1436 days ago

i would be more worried as to why are my handles are heating up when using my router than if my fingers are getting to hot to hold it LOL…...

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1436 days ago

gloves , scarfs, any loose clothe and long hair near mashineri is simply too dangerus
it´s realy asking for serius trubble

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poroskywood

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#10 posted 1436 days ago

Dangerous. You need to feel so you can react and judge distance. MHO

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 1436 days ago

NO GLOVES, LONG HAIR, LOOSE CLOTHING, JEWELRY (of any kind) allowed in my shop….PERIOD!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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richgreer

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#12 posted 1436 days ago

No gloves, loose clothing, jewelry or long sleeves.

Regarding long sleeves – I actually wear some long sleeved shirts in the winter but I ALWAYS push them up to my elbow so from my elbow on my arms are bare.

Regarding gloves – I wear disposable doctor’s gloves when doing finishing work but that is in a different room with no power tools present.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Tony_S

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#13 posted 1436 days ago

Rules in my shop…

NO jewelry of any sort.
Long hair MUST be tied back. (if it’s really long, tucked into your shirt as well)
NO loose clothing.
NO sleeves past your elbows.
Shirts MUST be tucked in.
NO GLOVES on ANY type of power equipment/tools, and strongly discouraged for all other applications.
Hard toes, eye and ear protection mandatory at all times.

-- Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

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MyFathersSon

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#14 posted 1436 days ago

Not a glove person—
They feel awkward to me— and like Andrew and Wayne—it helps me to feel the material.
About the only thing I wear gloves for is pulling weeds out of roses or pyracantha.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 1436 days ago

No gloves with power tools not safe at all.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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