General thoughts on life and woodworking #3: The contest and an important safety lesson

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Blog entry by Jack_T posted 05-11-2010 07:47 PM 1635 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I made the May 7, 2010 deadline for the Gorilla Glue Contest, just barely. I submitted it at 11:58 p.m. I am quite pleased with myself. Not because I think the project is the greatest project ever made; but rather it was I my first woodworking project that I set a deadline to and met the deadline. Normally the woodworking that I do is in my spare time and gets done when it gets done. No deadline at all. this was fun!

I also learned a very important safety tip because of this project. I used the last of my teak oil to finish the project. So after the project was over I went to a the Big Orange Box to pick up a new bottle of teak oil. The only teak oil they had was Watco Teak Oil Finish. I remembered reading an article by Bob Flexner that indicated that some oil products were not really “pure” oil but rather oil/varnish blends. So I reached to the top shelf to pull the container down to read it to see if it was “pure” oil or an oil/varnish blend. That is when it happened. Apparently, there was liquid finish on the top of the can and as the can tilted it poured over the edge onto my forehead across my eyeglass lense and onto my check. As I felt the first drop hit my face I slammed my eyes shut. I went to the paint desk where one of the employees wiped my face off and another thoroughly flushed my out.

I was lucky! I wear eyeglasses not contact lenses. If I did not have my eyeglasses on the finish would have been in my eye. As it was the fumes being in such close proximity to my eye made it burn when I first opened it, hence the eye flushing.

The lesson: shop safety extends outside of the shop. When dealing with things that can cause damage use extreme caution. Assume that something will go wrong and be prepared.

By the way, I have determined that Watco Teak Oil is an oil/varnish blend. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you are looking for. I wasn’t. I found the “pure teak oil that I wanted at a marine boat store.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 09:18 PM

glad to hear you was soooooooo lucky, it cuold have been the rest of your sight that was gone
but what the H….... are they thinking of in that shop , such things must never be stored above
shulderhigh it´s simply too dangerus.


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#2 posted 05-11-2010 11:01 PM

I hate to bring this up but did you consider contacting a lawyer? I believe you were put in a dangerous situation with the oil/varnish dripping into your eyes. I consider my vision to be way more important then the friendly relationship I have with the big orange box.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 03:35 AM

Actually Swoper I am a lawyer. I did file an incident report in case it turned out that my I had been injured. I was lucky though and no problems.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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