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#1 posted 07-18-2015 01:27 AM

I think you are getting some good advice on the routing issues and I hope things are going well with your project.

My 2 cents is going to be directed at the gloves discussion that has developed. I had always been taught that gloves are never to be used around any machinery and I keep that as a strict rule around my shop.

Yes, I can see how they could protect your hands from flying chips, but I think there are better ways of doing that and the extra risks you create more than negate that benefit.

The main risk when you are wearing gloves around any moving tool is that they can easily catch in the moving blade/bit/tool/whatever. When this happens the flexible material doesn’t cut, it grabs on. The next part is very messy. As the glove wraps around the moving part of the power tool it pulls your hand directly into the nasty part of the machine. This quickly turns into a meat grinding session with your hand.

This is the same reason we don’t allow hanging loose clothing or, in the case of my wife and daughter, unbound long hair in the shop. Well advanced balding has solved that issue for me. :-)

Also, I personally think it creates a sense of over confidence with the tools you are working with. You stop thinking of your hand being delicate flesh and start assuming it is protected.

One experience I saw in a machine shop I used to frequent was a younger, impatient (and invincible) machinist reach down with a leather gloved hand to slow down a metal lathe as he shut it off. I guess he thought the glove was armor or something. It caught in the rapidly spinning machine and luckily tore the glove straight off his hand. One of his fingers was badly mangled in the process, but it was an injury he recovered from. The glove was nearly shredded, but most importantly it was still wrapped around the head of the lathe when it finally stopped. If the glove hadn’t come off that could have been his arm. This was a large machine designed for machining titanium. It would have barely noticed a little flesh and bone trying to slow it down.

I am not trying to say every machine in the shop has that same risk, but hopefully you get the idea why gloves are so dangerous.

Now, I am also of the libertarian bent and if you still feel like wearing gloves after this then feel free to do so. Just don’t expect to be allowed to do it in my shop.

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