Lesson learned: wear gloves (with certain hand tools)

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-24-2012 04:11 PM 1565 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2012 04:11 PM

I’m still very much a beginner at woodworking, Though I learn a lot from books, I learn just as many lessons firsthand—sometimes literally.

Last night, I learned that I should wear gloves while chiseling or rasping a large piece of wood that has sharp arrises and corners—because the tool sometimes slips under pressure and my hand sometimes crashes into those aforementioned arrises and corners.

The chunk of skin missing from my forefinger knuckle taught me that lesson—firsthand.

NOTE: With all the comments below pointing out (rightly) that gloves should not be worn while using most power tools, I modified the title of the post.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 04:19 PM

I’ve done as you’ve described… Also I’ve put way too much oomph behind the hand saw with not enough cut left and punched the corner with quite a bit of force… that sucked too. I still don’t wear gloves though. Why? I don’t like it. The saw/chisel/rasp just feels better in my hand with no glove. Though I do wear a glove on my left hand when I’m doing paring work… I don’t like the pulling on my skin the chisel does…

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 04:21 PM

I do a lot of sharpening-knives and planes, etc. I bought a pair of the Kevlar woven (like a knit) gloves. Won’t help a lot on a puncture, but ya won’t slice a chunk out of one of your paws.


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#3 posted 08-24-2012 04:24 PM

In the last few years I’ve taken to carrying mechanics gloves
around with me and I put them on several times a day. Even
after the fingertips blow out the gloves are still effective
protection. One also as to be aware of sliding one’s hands
along boards when handling them, as you can get severe
splinters that way and other nasty surprises.

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 04:46 PM

The sharper your tools are, the less force you need to apply to use them. If you are pressing so hard that you’re not in control once the tool starts cutting, you should back off.

Not that I haven’t taken some skin off. But with experience I’ve learned to let the tools do as much of the work as possible, and to always make sure I’m in control of the tool.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 04:50 PM

Can’t say I am keen on wearing gloves, although I do acknowledge that slivers etc are a pain.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 05:09 PM

Gloves are fine for certain types of woodworking, but remember that they should NEVER be worn when operating power tools – its too easy for them to become entangled with a spinning blade or bit and suck your hand in. When I was young my mom was helping my dad crosscut some cedar boards with a radial arm saw, and because the cedar was so splintery, she was wearing gloves. Well, it only took a split second for one of the fingers to get too close to the blade and pull her hand in, severing 2 fingers immediately. Luckily we were able to get her to a hospital quickly and they reattached them, but in hindsight I’m sure my mom would have much rather had to deal with a few splinters instead of 2 amputations!

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 05:18 PM

Yeah be careful with gloves and shampeon is exactly right your tools are not sharp enough. I usually position my self in such a way that the blade is always pointing away from any appendages. I know sometimes it not that easy but it can be accomplished.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 05:21 PM

Yeah, I wear gloves but my chisel hardly slips..
Do not wear gloves around the tablesaw and router though…

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 05:27 PM

Well, I was actually using a mill file yesterday, so a dull tool wasn’t the issue here: but I have slipped while using a chisel that may have been too dull (I’m a better sharpener, now).

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 06:15 PM

This is why the first aid kit in my shop is my best friend

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 06:29 PM

I wear kevlars at work but almost never in the shop. I’ve hammered my hands against things so many time that I can’t count. I’ve had a mortise chisel slip out of my hand and given it a full mallet blow. Been there, man.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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