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Nighthawk

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713 days ago

Other than the normal, eye wear, ear muffs and masks etc. What other safety gear/equipment do you have in your shop?

I am just curious what every one else has?

I have a first aid kit (which I believe every workshop should have) and a much larger first aid kit in the house. he most important thing here is if you use it then you need to replace what you use to keep it stocked.

I also have couple fire extinguishers and will also be puting in smoke detectors connected to the upstairs alarm. (luckily I know an Installer guy how can get me some gear… :-) (free is good)

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz


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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 713 days ago

I keep several first aid kits, 3 fire extinguishers, cell phone handy, super glue. Been cut pretty bad several times grinding knives and been cut pretty deep deburring them. Super glue has stopped the bleeding. Several of those shake up ice packs. 2 German Shepherds. Shop is somewhat remote area and sometimes I will work all night with the doors open and get a few surprises once in a while but not before I hear the twins barking though.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Nighthawk

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#2 posted 713 days ago

Super glue… I like that, I will have to put that on my things to get… (I have used supper glue before for cuts)

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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lumberjoe

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#3 posted 713 days ago

I keep a registered nurse in the house. I also have a few fire extinguishers hanging around

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tenontim

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#4 posted 713 days ago

Big can of common sense.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#5 posted 713 days ago

Fire extinguishers, first aid kits (a simple band-aid & sliver kit, plus an industrial kit), monitored fire / smoke alarms, a land line phone, and a SawStop.

I also inspect and/or test the equipment on a regular basis. Since there is no cell service in my basement or the first floor, the land line with enhanced 911 is more important than it may be in other situations.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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8iowa

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#6 posted 713 days ago

Last year the addition of a Panasonic 6.0 wireless phone system plus their range extender has now given me a telephone in the “Workshop in the Woods”, which is 110 yards from the house. In addition, I have a Radio Shack intercom with receivers in four rooms in the house. It transmits thru the electrical wiring.

I have a fire extinguisher on the wall next to the entrance/exit. a first aid kit is on a shelf in the bathroom. The workshop walls and ceiling are painted white, and a mixture of fluorescent and incandescent lights gives me a very well lit room. Lighting is definitely a safety consideration.

The saw guard is always in place. In addition to a dust collector for the main tools, I have a Fein vac that attaches to my 1/4 pad sander. An air cleaner on the ceiling takes care of the small microns of dust.

Thanks to the shooting sports, giving us excellent choices of hearing protectors, there is no excuse for not having this necessary hearing health item. I have Howard Leight electronic hearing protectors that allow normal conversation, and clamp out noises over 82 dBA.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 713 days ago

fire extinguisher
eye wash bottle
rubber gloves
lab goggles
respirator
dust mask
first aide box with big guaze pads
extra ear muffs and safety glasses for my occasional “helper/spectators”
mechanics gloves

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DeputyDawg

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#8 posted 713 days ago

Signs on or near every power tool that says “Be Safe Think Twice”

-- DeputyDawg

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Raymond Thomas

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#9 posted 712 days ago

Full face shield
Hearing protectors (both insertable and muff style)
Half-mask respirator
Rubber gloves (chemical resistant)
First Aid Kit
Fire extinguisher

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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Nighthawk

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#10 posted 712 days ago

I use the murphys law theory…

If I haven’t got it I will be damned sure I will need it to use it… but if I have it, it will never be used… :-)

Some good ideas… super glue, eye wash etc, little things people tend to forget about.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 712 days ago

The eye wash bottles at work have expiration dates on them, and get thrown out and replaced… I’m really into recycling ;^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DrTebi

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#12 posted 712 days ago

Besides the normal protection gear, I also keep a fire extinguisher handy. I have a first aid kit upstairs, but it is probably out of date or not complete. I should get a new one for the shop, thank you for reminding me…

The “Be Safe Think Twice” philosophy that DeputyDawg mentioned is also my first line of defense. Having bought a sawstop saw also helps, although I sometimes wish they would emphasize the fact that they also make great saws apart from the brake mechanism (their website looks like a horror movie poster). However, there are so many other dangerous tools; the other day I hurt myself sanding a door with sandpaper—a splint stuck out and went right through my finger, in and out. Thankfully it was not as bad as it seemed and all is perfectly fine now.

I think dust and fumes are what most people often neglect, as these will not have any immediate effect. If I read MSDS sheets or just look at how much dust is in the air when a strong light source like sunshine lights my shop, I often realize that I should be wearing dust or organic vapor protecting almost all the time… but then again, it’s hard to resist smelling fresh cut wood like ebony!

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Nighthawk

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#13 posted 712 days ago

I wear dust mask especially if cutting MDF or partical board because of the glue and chemicals that bined it… But yes most people forget about dust and fumes…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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Razorbak91313

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#14 posted 704 days ago

For me, one of my best safety tools is my imagination. It might sound weird or even gruesome, but I sometimes just sit in the shop and look at some of the tools (especially power tools) and think, what could go wrong and how wrong could it go. I try to visualize different scenarios of what could happen if the piece jerked in my hands while cutting or a piece slintered off and got shot out by the blade or any number of scenarios. Once I think of the things that can go wrong I then try to think about ways to work and handle the piece to keep it from going wrong.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry. DWWoodCreations.com

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IsaacH

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#15 posted 704 days ago

Safety glasses and face shield for turning and, just safey glasses for everything else. Well I do use a respirator for turning dry wood or sanding.

All guards in place

GFCI circuits (with all my ground prongs intact for all cords requiring them)

Fire extinguisher mounted to door.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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