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Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 03-13-2014 at 05:59 PM 1313 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2014 at 05:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor tablesaw goggles

Yeah right! Who woulda’ known that eye protection can save an eye! I never heard such a thing.

You know, for all those times we asked ourselves “Where are those stinking goggles? Oh well – I just need to make one cut. What can happen?”

Today, I just made one thin rip. Too thin for the anti kickback. I cleared a small knot on my cut and a small hunk of wood about 1/4 ’’ X 1 ’’ X 3” flew off the saw and right back at me. What you see is what happened immediately after the wood smacked my safety glasses.

After that, the hunk of wood took all my hair OFF!

While I’m rethinking safety on thin rips, I want to remind all of you about rolling the dice and making just on tiny cut without eye wear. You too can go bald!

Yeah, I’m taking this in stride because I still have 2 eyes. You all have reminded me so many times to wear protective gear. THANK YOU! I’m at home instead of the Hospital!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:02 PM

Damn! You need at hat to go with those safety glasses!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:05 PM

Get out the Mercurochrome!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:06 PM

I’ve always admired your hat Andy. ;) Perhaps I’ll turn in the safety glasses for a welders helmet.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:13 PM

Mark, I have worn a cowboy hat for so long that I could leave the house without my pants before I could leave without my hat!

It is suprising how much protection they offer. Especially for someone whose is somewhat “hair challenged”. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:29 PM

Ouch mark.. I’m glad the safety police can’t see me using my table saw..

However I never let myself get too comfortable around it.
But 60% of my cuts are now being done by hand saws, based on that I’m reducing my chances of a TS accident..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:34 PM

Oh Mark!

You really lucked out!!

Without those safety glasses, you might be One-Eyed! WOW! CLOSE CALL!

... you have to hunt all over the place for your hair! :) LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:51 PM

Look at the positive – you did just save a bit on your haircut budget.

I always appreciate these reminders. I wear my glasses 90% of the time. I need to make it 100%.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 at 06:51 PM

I get really nervous around the TS without safety glasses. Even more so around the weed whacker and a little less so around the lawn mower. Usually a really good idea ;-) Glad you had them on and were not seriously hurt.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-13-2014 at 07:01 PM

Wow…close one Mark. Sure happy it was not worse.
The hair will grow back ….right….. ;^)

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#10 posted 03-13-2014 at 07:17 PM

I hear ya Jordan. Good on you for going the trad route.
Joe, if you see a gray haired critter roaming your yard. Catch it. It’s probably mine.
Andy, there’s definitely an advantage to being a hat man. My friggin head is too big for most hats.
Howdy Dallas. Mercuro who? Is that the red stuff?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 at 09:19 PM

That’s the only thing I don’t use.

That was close.

I too could use a hat.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 03-13-2014 at 09:28 PM

Glad you were wearing your glasses Mark! I have a nice inch long mark on my glasses from a similar incident. I refuse to get a new $10 pair as it’s a nice reminder for me.

The first thing I do when I enter my shop is put them on. I eat lunch with them on and they don’t come off until I leave. I catch myself everyday leaving the shop with them still on and have to take them off and make the extra trip downstairs to put them back on my table saw.


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#13 posted 03-13-2014 at 10:31 PM

Good lesson learned.

I wear safety glasses almost always when running my machinery…
ear muff too. I use the guard on my table saw as well. Check
my work if you want, it doesn’t interfere.


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#14 posted 03-14-2014 at 04:28 AM


Damaged safety glasses should be replaced, as they no longer have the impact resistance they were rated for (Z87+ if you have ones appropriate for impact)

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#15 posted 03-14-2014 at 04:46 AM

Good job Mark! Glad to hear the injury was minimal; that’s exactly why you wear them every time, you never know when you’ll wish you did.

+1 on replacing the glasses; don’t assume since they look ‘ok’ they are fine. They are cheap, get a new pair.

-- John

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