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11-10-2009 03:06 AM

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I try and always be as careful as possible. I have had pieces of wood thrown back at me a couple times by the table saw and I have had pieces of wood “explode” on the lathe that parts of hit me. I always wear eye protection, stand out of the line of fire, all the normal things and none of that has ever scared me or made me concernd any. There is one thing that scared me, and now I ALWAYS check before starting a project and every few cuts. That is the carbide teeth on my saw blades. I was working on a project and about half way through when something caught my eye on the tablesaw. I looked closer and found a missing tooth from my blade. I rolled it over and found 3 more teeth missing from it. Where the hell did they go? I even took my shirt and pants off in the shop and checked myself. No holes or marks, but I am still leary of my carbide toothed blades and keep a close eye on thier condition. So, what scares you the most in your shop?

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 03:17 AM

Over confidence scares me.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 03:20 AM

People who don’t know what there doing (sometimes me)


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#3 posted 11-10-2009 03:21 AM

Being tired but still wanting to work. Take a rest. I know this for a fact… Second to that is the table saw.

-- I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way!

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 03:25 AM

Dan, I have more respect for my jointer than any other tool in my shop. While I use it routinely, I still approach it with a great deal of caution.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 03:26 AM

What scares me most in my shop is being in a hurry. Some of the most dangerous situations I have been in (and thankfully didn’t get hurt from) were because I was in a hurry or thinking about something else. No matter how small, quick, easy or insignificant you feel the operation might be, it demands your full, undivided, not rushed, attention. Take the time to think about how you will execute whatever it is your doing…where will your hands be…what might go wrong….assume nothing and take everything seriously. Just the other day, I did something with my chop saw that I am too embarrassed to even say, and I am lucky I can still count to ten…and why? Because it was late in the day..I was tired…I wanted to be finnished..I thought it was a quick little cut and I could get away with what I was doing…..and before I knew it the piece was flying into the fence and then the blade and then exploding in my face with a loud smack. Needless to say after a quick digit count and a change of shorts I was more angry at myself than anything else…I am always careful, and plan out every cut I make…I always listen to that voice inside of me that says”you shouldn’t try this..its too dangerous” but for some reason I didn’t take the time..or listen to my safety voice….and that could have been the “time” I hurt myself. Its one thing if things go bad when you have taken every precaution and its another thing when they go bad because you were being stupid..or lazy. Sorry for the tirade…but you asked what scares me in my shop…and that scared me…and slowed me down quite a few notches!


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#6 posted 11-10-2009 03:40 AM


-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 03:43 AM

David, I’m with you, before I start a cut or whatever, I have this feeling that I may do something wrong, either safety wise or screw up and waste material, and I try to stop and think about it, do I want to do this? have I thought of everything? did I measure twice, correctly? just last night I cut a piece too short, it was late, and I measured wrong, so I just quit and waited for morning to start again, if I had continued it could have been worse.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 03:44 AM

I used to watch a shop for the Navy when I was stationed in VA. most of the traffic we used to get was the occasional younger guy wanting to build a speaker box for his car. But one time a retired guy wanted to build a hope chest for his daughter and was working in the shop and had attended all of the safety briefs. I caught him at one point sliding a board forward and backward across the jointer almost like he was trying to scrub it down.

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 03:44 AM

those sneaky machine ghosts

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 03:45 AM

Making that initial first cut!! I’m always afraid of cutting it too short!! Also, staining. Once I’ve finished construction, final sanded, and it’s time for finish, I’m afraid I’m going to ruin all my hard work!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 04:06 AM

Watching new woodworkers that don’t know enough to respect all the tools. We train new people often
and it usually makes me a nervous wreck. That,and confident people in a hurry.


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#13 posted 11-10-2009 04:09 AM

Not having a plan

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 04:17 AM

I’m with Scott Bryan on the jointer. After that the TS.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 04:33 AM

being in a hurry or not thinking things trhough before I make a cut

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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