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Improved half mask respirator (don't use dust masks)

Improved half mask respirator (don't use dust masks)

01-29-2019 09:39 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 25 comments »

I’ve used respirators to protect my lungs from the damage of wood dust since I learned in the early 2000’s that wood dust had been classified as cancer causing. The US Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) has a number of resources on wood dust health hazards. I just replaced my worn out respirator with a new 3M half mask with a quick latch system, and WOW, I love it. The top strap works on a lever which releases the tension and makes it very easy to slip the stra...

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4x hearing protector comparison (3M Worktunes Connect, 3M Peltor Optime 105, 3M E-A-R, misc plugs)

4x hearing protector comparison (3M Worktunes Connect, 3M Peltor Optime 105, 3M E-A-R, misc plugs)

12-30-2018 08:45 PM by jamsomito | 12 comments »

I’ve been using the ear plugs with solid neck band for years. Generally I really liked them but some issues left me wanting to explore other options. I recently picked up a couple over-the-ear options and thought I’d write up my thoughts on all the different hearing protectors I use. I have not been able to test the longevity of these but I have a few work sessions on each under my belt. My thoughts are below, TLDR at the bottom: 3M E-A-R plugs with solid neck bandhttps://w...

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Great Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Great Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

04-11-2017 06:27 PM by CharlesA | 12 comments »

I listen to lots of podcasts, and I especially like to listen to them while I woodwork. These 3M Worktunes headphones are just what the doctor ordered. As hearing protection they work well: block out the sound and are quite comfortable. Add to that the ability to listen to FM/AM/Aux/Bluetooth. I use the radio a bit. It is pretty basic, a manual tuning wheel—works adequately. I haven’t used the auxiliary cable hookup. Where they shine is the bluetooth capability. I find podcast...

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3M Random Orbital Sander - Elite Series 28498, Air-Powered, Non-Vacuum, 5 Inch

3M Random Orbital Sander - Elite Series 28498, Air-Powered, Non-Vacuum, 5 Inch

12-10-2016 02:22 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 7 comments »

Most of the time I write a review of a product after I give it a period of time to break or at least after a couple of extensive projects. I’ve decided to review this one after about two hours of use. Just wanted to as I was impressed. I’ll be back if things should go south over time. My Bosch sander, which I really liked, bit the dust a bit to soon for my tastes. It was a really good electric sander that had low vibration and worked well over the past three years. Since I&#...

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Big Quality of Life Improvement

Big Quality of Life Improvement

06-17-2016 07:02 PM by jonah | 15 comments »

I’ve been wearing plane jane, relatively cheap hearing protection for a long time. I have several different pairs, including a pretty comfortable 3M pair that I like. However, I had always wanted some way to play music while working in the shop. The wireless headphone + hearing protectors were always too much money (> $100) for me. Until I saw that Amazon had a lightning deal in December for this 3M Worktunes Wireless. I jumped on it for $65. The very same pair costs $85 at Home Depo...

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Some grits are better than others

Some grits are better than others

05-14-2015 07:16 PM by Purrmaster | 8 comments »

This review is for multiple grits of the 3M “Pro Grade Precision” sandpaper sheets. All grits are red colored and have a sticky back. It appears to be a Home Depot exclusive. I’ve used a lot of this stuff in the last few months. Since Home Depot got rid of Norton 3X and started stocking this new 3M stuff. It appears to be a stearated, open coat sandpaper. I’ve used Norton 3X, regular 3M paper, 3M “Sandblaster”, 3M “Sandblaster Advanced”...

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Last bandages you'll ever use for the shop

Last bandages you'll ever use for the shop

03-29-2015 02:24 AM by woodenwarrior | 16 comments »

I’m pretty certain I’m going to catch crap for posting this product for review because it’s not necessarily a woodworking product but I believe that once you hear me out you’ll think twice and be willing to give the product a try. Every wood worker gets boo-boos. It’s in the nature of our passion. I have yet to find a band-aid like product that will sufficiently cover the wound and stay stuck while still being able to use my hands in the motions I require whe...

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Not Bad

Not Bad

10-24-2014 12:59 PM by Purrmaster | 5 comments »

My Home Depot has recently changed their sandpaper line from Norton to 3M. Previously they had Norton 3X papers. Now there is this stuff. I haven’t seen this particular “model” of sandpaper before and I think it’s exclusive to Home Depot. These papers are stearated and has adhesive on the backing paper. I’ve used the following grits of it: 60, 80, 100, 150, 220. My overall impression is: Pretty good. My main basis for comparison would be Norton 3X...

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Comfortable, Safe Dust Mask

Comfortable, Safe Dust Mask

09-08-2014 01:14 AM by CharlesA | 23 comments »

I’m not that good at wearing the disposable dust masks that I have. I just don’t like them. So, I end up not wearing them all the time. I was reading one of Bill Pentz's pieces on dust collection, and he emphasized how importance it was to wear a good dust mask and recommended this 3M 7500 series mask (7501 is small, 7502 is medium, 7503 is large—I use the medium). I assumed it was really expensive. Turns out that to buy the mask and a set of 3M 6001 Organic Vapor Car...

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Effective, Comfortable Hearing Protection

Effective, Comfortable Hearing Protection

03-10-2014 11:37 PM by CharlesA | 8 comments »

Becoming more safety conscious in the workshop is something I’ve had to learn—it doesn’t come naturally to me. So even after I started wearing safety glasses regularly, using safety guards on tools, and consciously following safe tool use, I didn’t wear hearing protection. Why not? Because the loud noises didn’t really bother me, and I didn’t like any of the hearing protection I tried: some cheap earmuff style from the local hardware store, and the head...

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