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07-25-2013 04:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: safety gloves question

I was thinking of using gloves to do woodworking using a router. I wanted to use those gardening gloves like the guy has in this video (go to the end to see what I mean):

And NO, I don’t plan to do what he does, but I like having that extra “grip” that the gloves can give though.

So is that a good idea or not?

-- Christine G., Northern California

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 04:28 PM

Bad idea.

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 04:31 PM

I didn’t realize that the machinery could hook up the glove and pull your hand. I thought that the glove would get ripped, that’s all. OK, so the gloves will come off! ;)

-- Christine G., Northern California

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 04:34 PM

Would not take my word as gospel but my first impulse is to say that gloves will increase the safety risk while using a router. You state that this would increase your grip but I could see any excess gloving material getting caught within the bazzillion rpm and causing serious issues with inserted digits…

If gloves are strongly desired I would likely consider latex as this provides mostly conformed gloving and is likely to rip away quickly if the worst case scenario did occur… Look forward to seeing what more experienced individuals have to say, although I can’t say I’ve ever desired to break my feel for what I was doing with the router by wearing gloves…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 04:41 PM

Agreed, gloves could turn what would be a minor injury into something far worse. You are better off using proper safety devices as a push block, feather boards, jigs, and so on while keeping your hands away from the spinning bits. In general, gloves near a spinning or moving cutter I consider to be a bad idea. There are far better safety devices out there to keep your fingers and hands safe.

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 04:41 PM

gloves won’t protect your hands from anything more than the slip of a hand tool; with anything with a motor they are a big safety risk; will quickly pull your fingers into the spinny bit. As well, I’ve found gloves impede my proprioception which also increases my risk of touching what I shouldn’t.

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 04:43 PM

Good call on the no gloves. The only time I wear gloves in the wood shop is when I am moving rough cut boards or slabs. I always get a splinter. Other than that the gloves are delegated to metal working area.

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 04:43 PM

I sometimes use tight fitting latex gloves for improved grip when face jointing on the jointer or cutting up pre-finished sheet goods and melamine on the saw.

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 04:46 PM

I use mechanics gloves for handling materials and moving
machinery. I seldom wear them when feeding
material into machinery, just sometimes with the
planer where if your hand gets anywhere near the
moving parts you would be seriously clueless anyway.

I have the nails on my right hand grown out for
playing guitar and the adoption of using gloves in
the shop has improved my success maintaining the
nails considerably.

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 04:46 PM

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 04:49 PM

pro·pri·o·cep·tion (prpr—spshn)
The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.

Cool. A new word was learned today, thanks Rob!

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 04:51 PM

And the word of the day is… Proprioception… Nice :)

-- Dan

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 04:53 PM

I would never get my hands that close to a router bit anyways. The only tool that manufacturers typically advise against wearing gloves is a jointer. Use push paddles for grip and safety.

That guys tablesaw technique alone is cringe worthy.
And I can’t say I have ever seen his three-pass method on the sliding miter saw.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 07-25-2013 04:57 PM

once a tool has a power switch – gloves should come off.

gloves are good for handling materials, or working with handtools in cold weather (freezing metal on skin is painful). but thats where it should end

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#15 posted 07-25-2013 05:35 PM

I have a feeling you know what everyone thinks about the gloves and power tools idea, I’m just chiming in to say he MAY be wearing the gloves to hide his artificial fingers. Anyone notice how he made his dadoes? Can you say climb cuts?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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