Woodworking Safety #1: Introduction and my intent

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Blog entry by tooldad posted 08-30-2008 03:07 AM 1779 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a suggestion from one of my senior’s in my classes, also a LJ (tooldads_apprentice), to post podcasts of safety lessons as we do them during class on LJ. This would allow students to review or makeup safety packets if they were absent during demos. I thought great idea and am going to take it a little further. I am going to enlist the aide of our video production class to help produce the videos. Look out Wood Whisperer!.

Episodes will include, hopefully, 1-General Shop Safety, 2-Drill & Drill press, 3-Band saw/jig saw, 4-Miter saw, radial saw, 5- table saw, 6-router, 7-sanders, 8-nail guns, 9-jointer/planer. These will not only cover safety, but operations and parts of the tools. For example on the drill and drill press demos in class I show and quiz the students over different types of drill bits and where and what they are used for in addition to safety on the drill.

I hope I can get some positive feedback and share some information for all LJ’s who are interested in becoming safer woodworkers. I always tell my students, the most dangerous student is not the one who doesn’t know what they are doing, it is the one that thinks he knows what he is doing.

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 03:59 AM

Sounds like a great idea and a fun way for everyone to learn. I look forward to viewing and learning more. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 04:50 AM

As a novice woodhack, I am sure that I could use the info too. I did not take wood shop in school, I took AgMechanics.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 05:38 AM

Excellent! I never got a chance to take shop class and look forward to watching the lectures. Are there only 9 lessons because of a previous accident making it more difficult to count to 10 :)?

-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 06:28 AM

Wonderful idea. As a student I look forward to your teachings. Pass on the knowledge!

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 08:17 PM

Great idea!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-31-2008 05:14 AM

honestly mhawkins, yes, but it is 9 1/2. Unfortunately I got myself on the shaper 4 years ago when my son was just a week old. Working on raised panel kitchen cabinet doors, doing a lot of them. Got into a rhythm, went to pickup the completed door off the shaper and pickup the next door to shape at the same time. Just barely got the end of my middle finger on my left hand. Fortunately I wasn’t operating the shaper at the time, because I honestly think running a board through when my hand came in contact, would have been much worse. Believe me, I use this story in class. In fact, the doctor thought I was kind of nuts when I wanted a picture. They all think it is cool when I have that photo on the powerpoint under the heading, report all injuries no matter how minor. Then I inform them it is my finger up on that screen, it hits home for most of them, that accidents can happen to anyone.

My wife said it was a lame way to get out of changing diapers. :)

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#7 posted 08-31-2008 02:00 PM

I am looking forward to this project. As a “shop” teacher of 34 years, I have some idea of what you are planning. I video taped all my demonstrations and showed them to students that were absent on the day of a demonstration. That way, they saw the exact demo. It worked well.

I know what you mean by using your accident as a teaching tool. Unfortunately, I have the same tool. I lost part of two fingers in a 75 ton press in class. When I would challenge a student that was not following safety procedures, I would say. “Why aren’t you wearing your safety glasses.” The student would almost always say, “I forgot.” I would just show them my finger and say’ “I forgot too” It always worked!

I am now an administrator. I have eight teachers as well as their students that will benefit from this. Keep us up to date on the progress.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 11:03 PM

...apparently a Table saw blade tastes completely different while it’s moving than when the saw is off.

...just throwing it out there…and waiting for Lee to post a video.

p.s. This post was meant as a joke. I do not endorse anyone putting their tongue on a moving saw blade. I mean, it couldn’t be very sanitary.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#9 posted 09-09-2008 04:10 PM

I look forward to helping you out! Sounds like we already have a fan following!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#10 posted 09-10-2008 03:57 AM

After my latest mishap with my table saw, I’m all for the idea of safety videos by any and all members. I’d love to see someone remind us what we sometimes take for granted.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 09-10-2008 04:10 AM

Thanks for the response and encouragement. I have discussed this with our video production class teacher and our goal is to have them by the first of October, but by the 15th at the latest. That is when my general shop students will be finished with their drafting and plan reading unit and will be beginning safety unit.

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#12 posted 09-12-2008 02:47 AM

Look out wood whisperer. Table saw video coming soon!

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#13 posted 09-12-2008 07:56 AM

It went pretty well for your first time! Outtakes is a must! Oh by the way, copying Norm makes you seem older! Just kidding! But is it sad that I was the only one who got the joke?

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#14 posted 09-19-2008 04:47 AM

I am new to the podcasting community. First of all I am having trouble exporting from Adobe Premier for web posting. It has the option to, but it just shuts the program down when I click save. I guess I will be on the phone with tech support on that one. Computer is 6 mo old and paid for that service. Looking forward to that, yeah right.

Once I get past that hurdle, can anyone give me some reg’s or steps to get videos posted on this site. The router video is completely finished, 38 min. Table saw is in works. Takes about 12-16 hours of taping, retakes, voiceovers, editing on computer to get finished product. Now I know why TWW only puts out podcasts every so often.

It has to be easier than this. I just need a shove in the right direction.

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#15 posted 09-21-2008 09:16 AM

I was there when he made that safety video in his 3rd hr.

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