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What Scares You In The Shop?

by papadan
posted 11-10-2009 03:06 AM

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#51 posted 11-11-2009 10:00 PM

The things that scare me most are that I stop being respectful of spinning sharp objects, that I work tired or that I work rushed. As I sit here thinking about it, I know that spinning blades, etc are dangerous and deserve respect, I know not to rush and I know not to work tired. But just as a drunk forgets that he/she is under the influence before driving, I worry that one day I will be tired or rushed or loose that awareness of risk.

-- gorDAN3 - eagerly looking to turn good lumber into learning experiences

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#52 posted 11-12-2009 03:31 AM

Not having thought something through, doing it, and then thinking “why did I not think that through”. I am smarter than that. Or am I?

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#53 posted 11-12-2009 05:33 PM

band saw blade coming off while im notching a 2×4 at a slight angle and it kicking back and slamming against my finger (happened tuesday,,,ouch)

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#54 posted 11-12-2009 05:41 PM

Right now the thing that scares me the most, is my grandson, a freshman and is in his first year of shop. He calls me quite often and tells me “I used the jointer today”, “We are going to use the table saw tomorrow.” Grandpa replys “do you use a push stick?” “Yeah” “Do ya know about kick-backs?” asks grandpa. “Yeah.” “Be careful Pal.” I tell him.
I don’t know the instructor. Guess he is good and Safe. Hope and pray that he is anyway.

-- You can't trust a dog to guard your food.

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#55 posted 11-12-2009 05:45 PM

People coming into the shop when I’m using a saw and not letting me know they are there.How dumb can some people be?

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#56 posted 11-12-2009 09:18 PM

A good cabinet maker by day woodworker at night friend lost three fingers on one hand. He was a pro in every way, top of the line tools and great shop to work in—-if it can happen to him it can get anyone. He is still a good cabinet maker, just a bit slower. I have to ask him what he thinks about the sawstop equipment. All you can do is do your best to protect yourself on all of these machines.NO ONE should walk up behind a man operating a ts and stand there—-that’s trouble in many ways. Sorry about running on like this.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#57 posted 11-13-2009 03:01 AM

I bought a new miter saw, 10” with 40 teeth, very powerful, the space between teeth is too far at 10”, as I started a cut and began lowering the blade, the teeth got caught as I inadvertantly lowered it too far and pulled the trigger a little too late. Bang, it caught the piece I was cutting and violently bent the fence and threw the wood across the room. I immediately bought a 10” 90 tooth blade. Some of the crap manufacturers put on new equipment is shameful. No injuries. I use this type of saw frequently, so be careful.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#58 posted 11-13-2009 03:30 PM

My brother in law. Lol! Anyways pretty much every tool I’m very aware of what I’m doing. Not that any woodworking tool doesn’t but when I fire up a 220v 1200lb 3hp jointer or a 5 hp planer/ band saw and soon ts the low growl reminds me ya better know what your doing.

Quick story my grandfather worked in a big woodshop for When Kodak needed it. He was a mechanic for all the shop tools, making sure they were at peak performance. One day he watched a fellow run a sheet of plywood thru the tablesaw and without having the proper extension for the fence he started to pinch the blade. Instead of the 5hp saw just stalling it started picking up the sheet of wood with the guy and actually threw the guy with the piece of wood back off the saw.

U all have excellent points, keep posting. :)

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#59 posted 11-13-2009 04:59 PM

In the boat shop I used to wok in, I saw the foreman run a thin sheet of brass through the table saw, the blade started throwing its carbide teeth, one took him through the cheek, in and out, took a chunk of tooth with it, another lodged in his arm. I guess you could say I’m leary of carbide toothed blades.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#60 posted 11-14-2009 02:43 AM

Oh! just thought of another tid-bit to add to this one lol, I am always weary around the moulder,I know someone that was working near one when the “new guy” decided to fire it up without checking the knives, suffice to say one of the knives was loose and less than a second later it went through the foreman’s shop coat (thank god it didn’t go through the foreman) through a thin piece of melamine and imbedded itself into a cinderblock wall about 40’ away… I think just about everyone there that day needed a new pair of shorts and the “new guy” needed to find a new job.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#61 posted 11-14-2009 02:57 AM

The X variable. You can know your tools and keep sharp blades on everything, but you can’t control when someone decides to drop in on you in the shop.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#62 posted 11-14-2009 03:02 AM

My table saw.

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#63 posted 11-14-2009 03:33 PM

working with all saws and routers gets my attention. I always leave safety guards on, which is why I only rip on the table saw.

I also have made the most mistakes, usually late in the day when some fatigue starts to set in and you start to get in a hurry to finish. I have learned to back off and turn off the tools and either clean up or review my plans and work completed.

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#64 posted 11-14-2009 03:52 PM don’t know if they are really smiling or if they are just putting on a happy face. Dolls run a close second. It was tough to go to my grandmas house as a kid, she collected dolls and they were everywhere.I am always afraid that my lathe will yank the tool out of my hand and send it hurling across the room, or worse yet, bury the tip in my chest.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#65 posted 11-14-2009 04:14 PM

Oof. A clown in the workshop? <shudder>

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#66 posted 11-14-2009 05:07 PM

my 13” diameter raised panel shaper cutter scares me everytime

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#67 posted 11-14-2009 05:39 PM

Only the thought of losing my shop scares me. I know how quickly things can change. Fire, theft, economics, health, man oh man, I really love having what I have and to lose it is the scariest thing. What would I do? I can be broke and still make something and enjoy where I am.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#68 posted 11-14-2009 06:08 PM

AMEN, to that Jack

-- Smitty!!!

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#69 posted 11-14-2009 11:52 PM

Dying before I use up all my wood.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#70 posted 11-15-2009 12:05 AM

If i’m scared that means i’m inadequately prepared for what i’m about to do. I step back and rethink at that point. Machinery should be respected but never feared.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#71 posted 11-15-2009 12:16 AM

Using big power tools while being overly tired and/or rushing

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#72 posted 11-15-2009 12:29 AM

I got a radial arm saw from my mother in law it was my father in laws before he died. It was still brand new in the box, so I took it home and set it up. That was my first big woodworking tool, boy was it cool. I didn’t realize at that time HOW DANGEROUS. A couple of months later my daughter and I started to make a deck in our back yard.
Everything was going great until I needed to cut a 6” x 10 foot board down to a 4” x 10 foot board. So I thought this will be great I can use my new Radial Arm Saw and just rotate the head and trim that baby down in no time. Well I sure most of you know what a did. I fed it the wrong way and instead of it cutting the board, the blade grabbed that board and shot it out the side of it and hit my garage door before I could even blink. I was feeding it in the wrong direction. What really scared the Hello out of me was my daughter was just standing where the board went, she had just moved to get something. That was it for the radial arm saw, I never used again for a good year. Now when ever I use it I make sure of which way that blade is turning.
But in all fairness that was really before I new how dangerous woodworking tools can be. Now before I use anything I definitely think twice before doing something stupid. I try to listen to that little guy sitting on my shoulder telling me “That’s really not a good IDEA!

-- Willyb, Dearborn, Mich

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#73 posted 11-23-2009 08:11 PM

Table saw has my full attention. I had a router fly out of my hands once with a 1/2 inch spiral bit buried three inches deep in a mortise.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#74 posted 11-30-2009 12:46 AM

I hate for some one to interupt my train of thought. I guess I’m so anal, I really get into whatever I do. If I get an interuption, I stop whatever I’m doing, unplug all equipment, get a cup o coffee and wait for the interuption to go away. Come to think of it, I can’t chew bubble gum and walk most time. Hmmmmmm

When the grand kids are about, I just knock off until nap time. Oh yeah, every one talks bad about Harbor Frieght, but they have these “druveway allert” motion detectors. They work great to announce to you when someone is about to interupt or if you are in the house and you have someone trying to find a new home for your tools.

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#75 posted 11-30-2009 01:30 AM

I’ve been working the Lathe for a few years now, but every time I get something big spinning on it I get uncomfortable. I use my saftey equipment and I know that everything is tight but I know things can still go wrong and wood can break and metal fatigues and you just never know. I don’t know if it’s because I use that machine the most or what. But I’m always aprehensive running that lathe. I don’t feel that way on any other machine.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#76 posted 11-30-2009 03:25 AM

the voices in my head.

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#77 posted 11-30-2009 03:38 AM

3/4 wide dado blades

When wood pinches my table saw blade like eariler today
I was ripping zebra wood, Blade guard on , safety glases on , using a push stick
Before the wood made it past the back of the blade it clamped on the blade and stopped the saw dead
blew the breaker and scared the piss out of me.

Jointing boards of any size

Getting mitered corners to clamp up

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#78 posted 11-30-2009 04:29 AM

Chickens! Sorry little suckers wander around the barn, then into the shop. Usually happens when I’m using the TS or Jointer. Can’t stand them getting in the shop. They are too messy. Takes my attention away from what I’m doing.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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