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mcase

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690 days ago

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My boys 12 and 17 yrs. both know to NEVER bring any of their little buddies into my shop. Maybe I should obey the same rule. Recently one of my little buddies was in the shop with me. A nice guy who dug up some discarded stainless linear rails and Thomson bearings for me that I subsequently turned into a nice xy table for a mortiser. He is a full grown over-40 adult and he is also an engineer and so I didn’t think I needed to give him a lecture about not flipping on switches in a wood shop. In fact, I would have felt very embarrassed doing so. Well, he decided the big red paddle switch on my table saw was a switch cover and pulled it up – BUZZZZZZZ. Three HP 220v worth of BUZZZZZ! Thank God no ones hand or any other object was near the blade. I will never be too embarrassed to mention it again to anyone. Maybe a big sign I can point to would be best.


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WoodNDust

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#1 posted 690 days ago

+1 to the sign. Perhaps a nice routed sign that’s painted in contrasting colors of your choice. You could include a plexi-glass slot where each week you insert a new picture of some poor fella who got maimed in a wood shop. That way anyone walking into your shop is forewarned.

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TheWoodenBox

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#2 posted 689 days ago

Also, it would be good practice to lower the blade when not in use.

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 689 days ago

magicman +10

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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mcase

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#4 posted 689 days ago

Yeah, lowering the blade certainly isn’t going to hurt anything is it? I’ll try and make this a habit.

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ChuckV

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#5 posted 689 days ago

My tools are always unplugged when not in use.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Bill White

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#6 posted 689 days ago

I have a sign on my TS asking politely that nothing sould be placed on the saw. After that, I’m gonna be hurtin’ anybody who plops anything on it. The important thing is that everyone be made aware of ANY signage.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Swyftfeet

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#7 posted 689 days ago

As am Engineer (Electrical type) I can honestly and unfortunately say the following:

1. They have never and will never offer common sense 101 at the university.
2. Engineers do a ton of theoretical based exercises and very few practical ones, meaning you actually have to go out of the way to learn about the tools used to create your pipe dreams. Usually you come up with a 3D model and the purchasing guy or model shop delivers it to you in a couple days.
3. Engineers tend to be overconfident. I am and it has bit me in the ass. We solve a lot of very complicated problems how big of a deal can cutting wood be?! You should see me trying to hand cut a dovetail or trying to align a lock mortise bit. Sailors could learn a few finer points on language use from me.
4. We tend to latch on to old timers and try to suck the knowledge out of you ad nauseum.
5. We expect everything we do will turn out perfectly to the .001” We’re usually lucky to have tolerances in the .25” range, then we blame the material.

Hopefully this helps you deal with us eggheads.

Brian

-- Brian

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 689 days ago

Unplug them when not being used.

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Surfside

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#9 posted 689 days ago

Obey the same rule, safest way to avoid situations like that to happen.

-- "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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jumbojack

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#10 posted 689 days ago

the only thing left powered up in my shop is hand held finish sanders. EVERY thing else are not powered up.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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rance

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#11 posted 689 days ago

Rather than a sign, I’d make a ’Time Out’ char for folks like that to sit in. Maybe have a Dunce Hat to go along with it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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BinghamtonEd

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#12 posted 689 days ago

I’m an engineer (software) and I think it is inherent in engineer DNA tat when we see a large red button, or someone tells us not to push a button, the first thing we want to do is push said button.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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MrWoodworker

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#13 posted 689 days ago

Very thankful it ended as it did. Could have been gnarly.

-- http://nationalwoodworking.com

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 689 days ago

I studied engineering in school but what I am most proud of is being a Jack of all trades and Master of none. You might say that I’m just a shade tree mechanic if the truth be told.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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exelectrician

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#15 posted 689 days ago

Just think the blade could have sucked in somthing made of metal and totaled the saw blade and bent the shaft.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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