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gfadvm

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1051 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tool safety

What do you all consider the most dangerous tool in your shop. Not counting modified/homemade stuff like Greg’s circular saw. Statistically the table saw is probably #1 but I’m comfortable with mine. My worst injury has been with a table mounted router.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 1051 days ago

Most of my injuries have come from either a ladder (falling off or with it), or my cordless drill (dirver bit popping out of screw and into hand), or a hammer.

I’ve yet to be injured – mionr or major – by a power cutting tool

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WayneC

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#2 posted 1051 days ago

Radial Arm Saw?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David LaBolle

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#3 posted 1051 days ago

I suspect the easiest to hurt yourself with might be a router.

Heck, I’ve even managed to take a nice bit of skin off my knuckles with 40 grit sandpaper when someone walked up behind me.

I’ve been thinking about installing light-beam-switch activated chime to sound whenever someone walks into the shop. You know, like that sound when you walk into liqueur store or something, ding….

That way nobody walks up behind me and catches me off guard as I’m focused on doing something.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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devann

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#4 posted 1051 days ago

I tend to agree with the doctor about believing that the table saw is the most dangerous tool in the shop. But from personal experience more of my carpenter/woodworking peers have drawn blood from the power miter saw over the years than any other power tool we use.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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LittlePaw

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#5 posted 1051 days ago

My worst injury was on the band saw many years ago – cut half way through my thumb. That was a wake up call loud and clear for me to be extra careful, know the rules and go the extra step to prevent something bad from happening. Since then I’ve had several table saw kick backs, but the pieces all shot past me as the result of making sure I wasn’t standing directly behind the blade. The router either mounted or free hand can be pretty wild at times, depending on the wood, hot sweaty hands, taking off running. Whenever routing, I don’t do it if I were even a little tired because it is a powerful tool that can be hard to hang on to. The most dangerous one is me – when I am complacent, cocky or careless . . . that’s when bad things could happen.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Gary

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#6 posted 1051 days ago

Lathe Scares me…..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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rustfever

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#7 posted 1051 days ago

Hand held power saw. Skil Saw. 35 yrs ago I nearly cut off my left hand. Good Dr. put it back into position and I can now use it…......somewhat.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 1051 days ago

Gary – Me too. That’s the main reason I don’t have one and don’t plan to get one!

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Manitario

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#9 posted 1051 days ago

I haven’t injured myself yet…but I think that if I do get injured it will be with the router or the mitre saw. Both are easy to get distracted for an instant with disastrous results.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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oldskoolmodder

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#10 posted 1051 days ago

Router always is something to fear, though the worst WW injury I had was 3 years ago this week, when I allowed my thumb to take a vacation on either side of my table saw blade. I’d never seen a thumb imitate a snakes tongue before that…

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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DamnYankee

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#11 posted 1051 days ago

Personnally I think the most dangerous tool in my workshop is ME!
There has never been an accident in my workshop that I was not a part of.
Complancy, lack of attention, doing something stupid, in a hurry, too tired…etc, It all comes back on the operator.

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oldskoolmodder

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#12 posted 1051 days ago

very true Rob

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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shipwright

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#13 posted 1051 days ago

I have a lot of respect for my shaper.

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Woodwrecker

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#14 posted 1051 days ago

I pay extra attention when using the table saw or the lathe.
I’m as careful as can be with all my tools, but it seems like those two have a mind of their own.

-- Having fun...Eric

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TJ65

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#15 posted 1051 days ago

anything that moves!

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