Help for old eyes

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Blog entry by swirt posted 07-13-2010 05:14 AM 1291 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I joined the arm’s reach club a few years ago. I can read without need of glasses, but I have to keep my arm stretched out a bit to do so. Two things that I’ve found that help me immensely in the workshop are
1) Bifocal safety glasses.
2) An inexpensive LED headlamp.

bifocals and headlamp for woodworking
One gives me better focus, the other gives me the light I need exactly where I need it. Before using them, I had trouble making out those dovetail layout lines. Now I don’t.
More specifics about help for old eyes in the workshop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 05:44 AM

I’ve decided the best answer for me is a miner’s hardhat with 5000 watts! Nothing is ever bright enough these days, and the hardhat would provide an extra measure of safety!

Actually, someone needs to design a single unit enclosed helmet with lighting, faceshield with a lens that senses the distance and corrects for vision, hearing protection, and a respirator—and all under 8 ounces and less than $20! Oh, yes, and it should be comfortable to wear (not one of those that requires a 10-pound battery pack on your belt). Now that should be a challenge for all the creative and inventive types on LJs!

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 05:50 AM

Glad you can see better now. Great idea.

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 08:21 AM

congrat´s Swirt that you have joined the club …...... :—)
luckely you don´t have to wear glasses all the time as I do
mine cost about 6000,-kr. = ca. 1000-1100 $
and I just bought 3 yesterday 1normal to walk with, 1 as sunglasses, 1 to read and work with
luckely I have found a new place where I only should give the half of normal prices
just hope they are as good as the old ones

well as long as they are good enoff to study planes with…....:—))


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#4 posted 07-13-2010 02:25 PM

I got these at a surplus store for 8 or 9 dollars. A fixed lens, one that folds down behind the fixed lens, and the loupe. I don’t wear perscription glasses, but I use dollar store reading glasses because my arms are now too short to read.

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 02:44 PM

Just to let everyone know these bifocal safety glass by fastcap are on sale at Woodcraft till the 7/22….BC

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 03:35 PM

@JimDaddyO that looks pretty cool. I’ll have to keep my eye out for one. I tried the reading glasses route for in the shop, but they didn’t let me see anything that was farther away…and they weren’t safety rated. I like the fastcap safety glasses because I can use them for everything in the shop and when I need to see up close, I just look down.

@blackcherry Good find on the sale. Even aside from the bifocal lens, these are the most comfortable safety glasses I’ve owned. They stay put and they don’t hurt.

@Dennis sorry your glasses are so pricey. That money could have bought a couple of planes.

@Lightweightleftie Thanks for the good laugh this morning. It was just what I needed. ;)

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#7 posted 07-13-2010 06:44 PM

yep and nearly the rest of a shop…..but that´s one of those small setbacks
that return from time to time and cought you every time with surprice..:—(
but at least there has come some competion the last ten years in this country :—)

now it just take a little longer before I got my shop, I didn´t expected to buy the 3th pair

and none of them is saftyglasses , so it is still facesheild for me, but that´s okay :—)

take care

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#8 posted 07-13-2010 09:31 PM

Unfortunatley welcome to the club. Like the bifocal safety glasses. Oh well, anything to be safer.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 06:06 AM

I purchase two pairs for the shop so now that two more piece two look around for…lol…BC

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