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15715Re: [MedievalSawdust] Woodworking Safety Day

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  • Julian Wilson
    May 6, 2013
      here's my little contribution to this safety thread.
      Every time I start a day's work in my Workshop, my adrenalin level rockets, and my focus of concentration sharpens to "tunnel-vision".
      I'm frightened-enough of my machines and my manual cutting tools to be super-careful when using any of them.
      I won't say that - in over a half-century as a woodworker, - I've never had an accident from my edged tools, - but when I have cut myself it has been a minor injury, [God be thanked] and mostly because I allowed myself to be distracted by someone or something else. All the usual visitors to my Workshop [including my Bosses] now know enough not to distract me when I'm machining! They just move into my field of vision and wait until I'm done with the Operation I'm engaged upon.
      Matthewe Baker

      From: Jerry Harder <geraldgoodwine@...>
      To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, 6 May 2013, 9:11
      Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Woodworking Safety Day

      I modified my wood lathe to except a larger piece of wood/log than it was meant to.  Turned it on and the whole thing started  walking across the garage floor.   Undetoured, I pulled the plug, put a larger pulley on the motor and a smaller one on the spindle to slow in down, and piled the lower shelf full of anvils and concrete blocks.  This worked-well sort of.  The cheep "made in China" lathe tool I was using cought, bent, and caused my pinky to get sucked into the lathe.  That caused the permanent loss of a mouse sized bite of my left little finger.  I made new lathe tools on my forge out of 3/4 inch rebar and finished the job.  There's a lesson (maybe several) in there somewhere. Just say'in.

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