Re: [MedievalSawdust] Woodworking Safety Day
- Jerry,etal,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.regards,Matthewe Baker
From: Jerry Harder <geraldgoodwine@...>
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.
- I suspect most of us learned a few "lessons" woodworking, since I started making sawdust very young (12 or 13), some lessons came early. Or why my left hand (the one "holding" the wood) has scars from saws, chisels etc, and I made fewer mistakes when I went to power tools in my late teens.
My wife just started wood-working in the last couple years, so she is taking her "lessons" later in life.
- sorry I'm late,
sharp tools are safer than dull ones (9 stitches to prove it 32 years ago)
Hide or elevate the sharp tools when the small ones show up (4 yr old w/ an axe... would not be good)never ever cut directly at your hand/arm/leg with anything.
It is almost impossible to disembowel yourself with a drawknife.. but quite easy to cut your leg, arm or hand with one handles poorly.
have fun, keep cutting.