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Forum topic by Airframer posted 07-01-2013 03:01 AM 1797 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2013 03:01 AM

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Even as a hand tool user I inevitably end up with one or two nicks and cuts every time I am working on a project. This has led me to realize I need to put together a first aid kit of some sort to keep out there so I don’t have to do the walk of shame through the house each time trying to avoid being questioned by the wife lol.

So what would you consider a “Well Stocked” basic first aid kit for the shop?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 03:04 AM

simple, tourniquet, morphine, fishing string, curved needle and a bottle of jack.
You’ve got to sterilize the curved needle first.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 03:09 AM

I keep clean rags and band aids handy. Blood is part of every project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:11 AM

Yeah Monty that is about all I could think of but thought surely there had to be more needed in there.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 03:12 AM

Working in my apartment, the only thing I have in my shop room is a role of paper towels, and some different kinds of tape. Duct tape, electrical tape, painters tape, double sided tape.

But otherwise, I’ve only got bandaids in the bathroom drawer :-/

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 03:15 AM

Mos – that reminds me.. I got a box of these for Fathers Day this year :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 03:38 AM

I’ve been meaning to get a decent first aid kit for the shop. Currently, I have a ziplock sandwich bag holding a few Band-Aids. Very pathetic…

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 03:39 AM

Band aids and splinter out and a phone. I wont be trying to control level I trauma myself! I’m not afraid to call for help if I see a finger lying on the table.

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 04:02 AM

I’m an ER doc; I see people every shift with all sorts of injuries. The majority of stuff in home first aid kits are a waste of money. Bandaids, some small, some large are all you really need. Anything larger or needs stitches should be seen by someone with medical training. Ignore what you hear about using crazy glue on cuts; CA adhesive is actually toxic to human tissue; the surgical adhesive we use in the ER is specially formulated and different from normal CA adhesive. I also have a blood pressure cuff in the house that I could use in case of a serious limb injury that works great as a tourniquet. Otherwise, clean any cuts well with clean water (don’t use hydrogen peroxide which despite being around for years is actually also toxic to healing tissues) and bandage up. All my projects have my blood on them! The downside to working with razor sharp tools is that they’re razor sharp!

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

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 05:43 AM

First Aid Kits as Manitario indicated do not usually cater for the home wood worker, ants seem to get into them and the pressure sensitive glues seem to dry out before they are used.
You should have a FA kit and support services where you can access it quickly.
So as Monte replied clean rag and band aids are essential and then consider running water with the ability to use anti septics, Betadine I think is one name that comes to mind, stings like hell but works, its possibly a modern day iodine! or then anything similar.

There is nothing more annoying as trying to work with blood dripping onto you work, or a splinter driving you mad and blood also rusts Cast Iron for some reason.

The water supply and tub has a multitude of uses eye wash for example and general clean up at the end of the day, as well as general clean hands etc, using sponges etc.

Make sure you also consider having a towel hanging where you find it with limited vision, generally right next to the sink.
The phone essential again for calling for help or just the convenience of it.

Any thing bigger than what is needed for a band aid its time to get out of the workshop anyway.

No doubt a phone camera is in your pocket as well so consider recording the event, and doing a blog so we don’t make the same mistake !!

And a then vice for getting the nail out later

And finally a cup of coffee, to settle down and reflect on “How the hell did I do that”

for the record I am fully recovered now.

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 04:55 PM

nice pics Robscastle! I’ve pulled several large nails out of peoples hands in the ER after nail gun accidents. They always have a sheepish look on their face…

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

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 05:05 PM

Superglue. No pesky bandaid or stitches necessary when you’ve got superglue. WWII medics actually carried it in their first aid kits. Its the best. Just hold the cut together, drag a few “Stitches” of CA across it, let it dry and you’re all set.

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 06:08 PM

I have a small first aid kit in my workshop plus I have a supply of “H” shaped “Knuckle” bandages that work very well on finger tips. When I was an apprentice sheet metal worker If I did not get cut that day it must have been Sunday.

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 08:58 PM

Paper towels, bandaids, a needle and modified tweezers for splinters, a plastic squirt botle full of water for eye wash, some gauze pads, tape of some sort, a bandana, a good cigar and lighter, some oxycodone and a 6 pack of bud. The bud and the cigar get used post op or post work day, with or without an accident. Anything else, and I trust to pros. Most surgeons don’t work wood, and I don’t do much self surgery. Why sign your work when you always leave some DNA on it for your clients, whether it be skin or blood.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#14 posted 07-03-2013 01:30 AM

After I stuck a 3/4” chisel in my palm a couple weeks ago (a glancing blow, no real damage, luckily) and realized there wasn’t a bandage in the house, I picked up a little $15 FA kit at WalMart. It’s got some band aids and some gauze and tape for bigger gashes, and a bottle of some antiseptic wash, as well as some other stuff. I’m away from home now so can’t give a detailed list.

We stuck it in the guest bathroom, which is just inside the door from the garage/shop, so I won’t have to bleed all over the house. :D

I told my wife when I started doing woodworking last fall that I’m hyper-careful around power tools, so if I managed to hurt myself, it would be with a hand tool. So far I’m 2 for 2, the incident above and another small gash in a finger with a 1/4” chisel a few days later. I guess that’s the price of moving from pocket holes to “advanced” joinery. I really need to start using my vise more, instead of my hands, to hold stuff I’m working on. That’s probably the best “first aid” I could practice.

-- Don

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#15 posted 07-03-2013 01:39 AM

Always take the pieces that get cut off. I cut off the tip of my middle finger on a sheet metal squaring shear while teaching shop. When the Doc saw it, he asked where the piece was. Told him back at the machine. He said they could have sewed it back on.

Had a student do the same thing about three months later. I sent the piece and they sewed it back. Oh yea, the district maintenance dept, put a guard on it after that accident.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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