Should I Wear My Wedding Ring In The Shop?

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Forum topic by Alan S posted 1061 days ago 3700 views 0 times favorited 85 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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1061 days ago

I just read acesylvain’s forum topic on gloves in the workshop:

I never wear gloves in the shop, but I do wear my wedding ring and this post got me thinking. I know people say not to wear rings around machinery. Has anyone here had an accident related to a ring in the wood shop?

My junior high principal lost his ring finger years ago when he fell off his roof and got the ring caught on the gutter as he was going down. Not cool. That’s the only accident I’ve ever heard of dealing with rings.



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#1 posted 1061 days ago

IF you got a little to close to Power Tools, & it got grabbed, Would you regret it then ?

Your own mind is already telling you the answer.

The ring is a SYMBOL of your love for each other NOT your actual love.

Would she love you more with No Hands ?

Should I go On ????

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 1061 days ago

I’ve never had a problem, but when nervous or uncertain I remove the ring. Since putting an expensive ring makes me nervous as well, my wife bought me a tungsten carbide ring. When working with machinery, I take it off and slip it into my pocket or even onto my keyring.

I have seen photos of rings “degloving” fingers when crushed down to the bone. But honestly, such accidents are likely to cause massive trauma anyway.

When in doubt, take it off.


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#3 posted 1061 days ago

no rings watches and other jewlry in a shop where mashinery is running
including loose clothe ,gloves and long hair without hair net its simply tooo dangerus

the ring can be cought just passing the door


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#4 posted 1061 days ago

Last year there was a link on LJ’s somewhere of a girl who had long hair in school, at the lab her hair got caught in a lathe, BAM Killed Her !!!

Accidents are just that Accidents, but Obstacles, Circumstances, Timing can make it worse

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 1061 days ago

Anything that can snag on equipment in the shop is dangerous! I love my wife dearly, but a ring doesn’t make you married… Take the ring off, put is someplace SAFE, and get to work. Put it back on when you are done working…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 1061 days ago

50 years ago when I was a young man in the USAF we were not allowed to wear rings at work ( acft. Mechanic) but we were allowed to leave them on if we taped over them to keep from snagging them on anything. I left mine home and never wear it in my workshop these days. I still have 10 fingers… far.

-- In God We Trust

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 1061 days ago

No jewelry (or long sleeves, neckties, gloves, long hair, ....etc.) at all in my shop for the reasons cited.
Not an electrical expert, but I’ve heard that rings, or any metal jewelry can cause serious injury when working around DC.

-- 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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#8 posted 1061 days ago

All good advise.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 1061 days ago

I wear mine about 90% of the time but working in the construction industry has made me hyper aware of things that can go wrong so i try to take it off whenever i get that uncomfortable feeling.

Daddy,The unfortunatley ironic thing is that the young girl killed in the lathe accident was a student at Yale. I remember that one fondly.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#10 posted 1060 days ago

Shortly after I got married (a very very long time ago) I was working on the knotters on a baler (its the mechanism that ties the string around a square bale of hay). One of the knotters caught the ring and yanked my hand forward. It didn’t do anything but scare the crap out of me, but I haven’t worn a ring since. I love my wife, but don’t need to loose a finger to prove it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 1060 days ago

When I was in the Army the danger of wearing a ring on the flight line was pounded into my head. Now i have to scrub my hands several times a day and can not wear a ring. Thus i never where my wedding ring. I only put it on for special occassions. A deglovimg injury to the finger is a devastating injury and difficult to ever recover completely. As a hand surgeon I would recommend that you do NOT wear your ring while working with machinery.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 1060 days ago

I haven’t worn any rings (or wristwatches, or bracelets) for 39 of the 40+ years I’ve been married. I had to cut a wedding ring off of a shipmates finger when I was in the Navy. Mine went in my pocket within an hour, and I haven’t worn it since then.

SWMBO used to get annoyed with me about it, but that passed long ago.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#13 posted 1060 days ago

as a once welder, a coworker had a couple hot berries go down his glove and attached to his wedding ring, and 3rd
degree burn around his finger. to this day i don’t wear my wedding except on special occasions.
p.s. i don’t care how much she begs,i won’t do it. it’s been a happy 36 years so far…

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#14 posted 1060 days ago

a friend of mine was working around the battery on his car and accidentally made contact with the positive terminal and part of the body, it instantly got very hot and burned his finger

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#15 posted 1060 days ago

absolutely not…for all the reasons cited first wife insisted that i always wear one but the novelty wore off immediatley after the honeymoon when i went outworking on the bees, the shinyness and the sweat smell that it omitted attracted the bees to it resulting in lots of stings….the ring came off and i have never worn one since….my second wife knew better than to even buy me one.i love her to bits but i don’t need a ring or a lack of finger to prove it as others have said.

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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