Are there times when it is appropriate to wear gloves?

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03-03-2015 06:43 PM

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I’ve always removed my wedding ring and never worn gloves when working with wood. But I ran across a post from fine woodworking where the guy in the video is wearing gloves. Is he being a poor example or are there times when it is ok to wear gloves?

Here's the post from FW

-- UTWoodHacker, Utah

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#1 posted 03-03-2015 06:47 PM

If you need them then wear them when picking your hardwood. Other than that I wouldnt. Cleaning the saw? I never have and never will. Back in the day my hands were pretty tough and I didnt need them. Now I have gotten soft sitting at a computer all day. I still wont wear them so I wear blisters.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 06:53 PM

When I use an ax for spoon or bowl carving I wear a mail glove on the hand holding the piece. When carving with gouges I wear a single bicycling glove on the hand that is registered on the piece of wood in order to avoid getting a blister on the ball of my hand (people who carve more don’t need it, they have calluses there).
That’s it. I wouldn’t with power tools or most hand tools.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 07:10 PM

If you want to, whenever you’re not using power tools. I only wear nitrile gloves when finishing, and that’s about it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 07:31 PM

It’s not a good idea to wear gloves while using machinery if there is a possibility of the glove getting caught in the moving parts. In our plant we had a guy get his glove caught on the spindle of a drill press and wrapped up so tightly that he came close to loosing two fingers. He was told never to do it but he didn’t listen.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 07:32 PM

Construction/shingles, always! In the shop never except for finishing, really got to start for glue ups! Only time my ring comes off is for an X-ray!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 08:01 PM

I use gloves in my wood shop at almost every machine as well as for handling lumber. I wear tight fitting gloves, of various thicknesses and with various coatings. At the drill press, for example, I use a latex glove on the hand that holds the material and a jersey glove over a leather glove on the hand that pulls the feed handle.

Heavy coated latex gloves have saved my hide numerous times at the table saw, as well as providing good tack for managing the material. As others have said, don’t wear loose gloves while using machinery.

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#7 posted 03-03-2015 08:01 PM

Wire wheels on bench grinder

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#8 posted 03-03-2015 08:13 PM

Odd. I watched that video and there wasn’t a glove in sight. Is the link right?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 03-03-2015 08:19 PM


I have never used gloves in working flat work except when handling lumber. I do turn wearing gloves and never had any issues in 6 years. Then again I never touch the wood while it is turning.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 03-03-2015 08:35 PM

Use them all the time when handling rough or partially milled lumber, and to feed the same through the planer, I get tired of digging splinters out. Otherwise no. Nitrile gloves for finishing.

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 08:35 PM

Odd. I watched that video and there wasn t a glove in sight. Is the link right?

- jdh122

The main picture for the vid shows someone wearing gloves.

-- UTWoodHacker, Utah

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#12 posted 03-03-2015 08:46 PM

Same as OSU. I only wear them for planing rough lumber.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 03-03-2015 10:25 PM

I learned my lesson in the service, no rings or chains, still don’t. I wear my wedding ring when we go out, around running machinery with exposed moving parts no gloves and sleeves rolled up even in my cold ass shop.

-- I meant to do that!

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#14 posted 03-04-2015 01:41 AM

Some folks wear a fingerless glove. I have Kevlar gloves for use with my chainsaw. I wear neoprene when finishing and gluing up, when I think about it.

I wear no jewelry and only have tight long sleeve shirts rolled up to my elbow.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 03-04-2015 02:36 AM

I wear gloves when handing certain woods like Douglas fir or Wrc.Esp when the boards are rough.After I get all the sides planed I will use them a lot less.Splinters from Western red cedar are no joke.Only leather of buck skin.

-- Aj

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