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Why didn't I do this sooner

Why didn't I do this sooner

02-02-2019 04:32 PM by jamsomito | 13 comments »

I’ve been using my tablesaw with a naked blade since I got it 3 years ago (relatively new to the hobby). I suppose there’s no better way to learn than being exposed to ALL the risks at once! It’s been bothering me the more I read about tablesaw safety, especially given the fact that I’m in one of the statistically highest risk groups of woodworkers (occasional user / weekend warrior) for incidents. I was hit by a kickback about 20 years ago as I was learning, and yo...

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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 | 23 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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Toilet for the shop

Toilet for the shop

08-15-2017 02:50 AM by Desert_Woodworker | 24 comments »

Beamis toilet seats – the Festool of toilet seat durability- I have had this particular seat for 17 years; finally it broke :( Care to share what your shop uses.

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Save your back Pick up and reack tool

Save your back Pick up and reack tool

07-06-2017 06:58 PM by htl | 10 comments »

I have to do all my wood working sitting down and seem to be dropping things a lot lately so having to get out of my chair to pick things up is murder for me.I was at Harbor Freight the other day and saw this $3 picker upper tool so thought I would try it out and man it works a charm!!!!!It’s very lite not made to pick up big stuff but things like a pencil or my small model parts it’s a winner big time.Have no idea how long it will last but the minute it dies I’ll be getting...

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sharkguard

sharkguard

06-04-2017 05:25 PM by michelletwo | 22 comments »

installed my sharkguard without a hitch. Simple , and very well made product. I had no riving knife, or cover on my saw. I used it for 30 yrs just a blade sticking up . When I found this product I ordered it immediately and I am glad I had the sense to do so. Lee was good to work with and if I ever need any of his products , I will not hesitate to order from him again.

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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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HF Gerson Disposable Respirator - cheaper than cartridges

HF Gerson Disposable Respirator - cheaper than cartridges

03-26-2017 02:25 PM by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I have had numerous respirators over the years, with various cartridges, and a couple things have always bothered me about most.First, many of them don’t allow me to wear glasses properly, since the nose piece sticks up too high, causing my glasses to sit wrong and make my eyesight off.Second, those doggone elastic straps always, always get stretched out and hard, and now that most have gone to the cheap plastic hooks, the problem is worse. Sealing with these stretched out is almost imp...

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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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A comfortable Dust Mask RZ Mask

A comfortable Dust Mask RZ Mask

03-26-2016 01:57 AM by gpastor | 8 comments »

I really don’t like wearing dust masks in the shop. I try to catch the dust right off the Machine and try not to let it go airborne. I have tried just about all types of masks being dust mask or respirators and I never liked any of them. Some of them made me feel claustrophobic, sweaty and just terribly and comfortable. And none of them have ever been safety glass friendly. Either fogging up the glasses or having straps interfere with the temple sides. And I don’t care to s...

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