What is/are the tool/tools, that you always take an extra minute before starting up?

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01-11-2011 01:34 AM

I was wonderign what everyones tool(s) that they always take an extra minute of thought before they start it up. It doesn’t have to be one you own, even one you just use, at a Co-op or woodshop class.

For me, its tools. Its always the bandsaw, and the jointer. Those are the two, that make me think about “do I have to use this” for an extra second or two.

The reasons: Bandsaw: Because its so easy to become complaincent, and loose focus, more so than any other tool. I always count both my fingers and toes after using it..

The Jointer: This is one that scares me. With most tools, the remains can be sewn back on. Things like bandsaws and table saws, tend to make a nice clean cut, with the exception of a dado head. But with a jointer, it, as a LJ put it, in another thread, it becomes handburger… So this part scares me… I like to be able to count to 10.. if I can only count to 9.25 my guess is my Math Teacher will not be happy.. lol..

So what do you always think twice about before using?

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 01:40 AM

Myself, it is always the table saw. It scares me a little, so I always think about what I am doing while using it.

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 01:46 AM

The router table scares me the most. But i try to think twice b4 using any tool (its the one you are most comfortable with that will bite you). I almost let the table saw get me once and its my favorite tool.


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#3 posted 01-11-2011 01:49 AM

Table saw for sure. But, almost every motorized tool, spinning sharp steel, gives me pause. I keep trying to remember that I’m supposed to be smarter than the tool.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-11-2011 01:59 AM

My advise;
“Be Safe Think Twice” before using any tool. Including hand tools

-- DeputyDawg

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Steven H

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 02:07 AM

Router, bandsaws ( 20” industrial), jointer, planer

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 02:07 AM

i even put my arm on it if it isn’t plugged in
just in case

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 02:10 AM

Just one really, the shaper. You have to be awake and I don’t use it often enough to be really comfortable without checklisting before hitting the switch.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 02:17 AM

Every machine: I make sure the cut I’m about to make has room for the workpiece, before, during, & after the cut.

Bandsaw: Is it Tensioned? (If not, you’ll NEVER forget what happens when you start it up!)
... Vac connected?

Table saw: Blade Ht. OK? Everything square?

Jointer: I gotta get the grain right!

Planer: I gotta get the grain right. Thickness of cut OK?

Router table: Bit Ht. Fence setup OK. Vac. ready to go? The Grain… watch the grain!

Oscillating Belt sander: Turn it This way or That way if belt creeps this way or that way…
Vac. connected? Belt OK? Be sure hold-on to things good!

Drill Press: Are the handles good & tight? (after awhile, they loosen a little). Depth control good and solid. (I hate it when it creeps lower stopping my drill.)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 02:25 AM

The jointer scares me the most, followed by the table saw and the router in a router table. Hand held routers feel safer to me than routers in a router table.

Strange – I have never suffered any injuries from a jointer, but the though of my hand be ground up by those blades is scary. I’ve gotten one nick on the TS. I’ve gotten 2 nicks off the router in a router table.

My worst injury (required surgery) was from an accident with the drill press and my second worst (9 stitches) was when some wood flew off the lathe. Still I have very little fear of the drill press or lathe. Maybe I should be a little more afraid.

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

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 02:31 AM

router table

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 06:47 AM

Router with a raised panel bit, next is the jointer and then the table saw with a dado blade.

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 07:08 AM

Router especially but also my planer.

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 07:21 AM

For me it is all power tools. I always take a second to think what if….which direction will I go, where will I move my hands, etc.

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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#14 posted 01-11-2011 07:31 AM

Lathe. I always start it clear of the throw path. It’s the nature of the beast, even the masters throw bowls sometimes.

-- Nate,

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 07:33 AM

Random Orbit Sanders.. Loud, dusty, and shake my wrists to bits. Yes, other power tools can have more serious effects, but the wrist pain from an ROS is guaranteed.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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