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Forum topic by MrWoodworker posted 04-28-2011 07:49 PM 4344 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2011 07:49 PM

1) Thou Shalt Keep Thy Shop Spotless And Pure – If you use a tool, put it away. If you step over something, move it, sweep it up, or put it away. Especially your dog.

2) Thou Shalt Mar Not Thy Flesh And Live – Never use a tool without being instructed in its safe operation. Always use appropriate Eye, Ear and Lung protection. Push Sticks are required when working close to a blade.

3) Thou Shalt Plan Thy Cut Beforetimes – Know where the blade, wood and fingers are and will go through all cuts and movements. If you perceive the finger will fall to the floor do something different.

4) Thou Shalt Focus On The Work Of Thine Hands – Keep potential distractions minimal. Don’t talk to others, answer your phone or ride ponies while using a power tool.

5) Thou Shalt Never Force The Separation Of Wood – If the work piece or saw blade meets resistance – something is wrong. Stop the motor and assess the situation. Kickback can hurt and so can losing fingers.

6) Thou Shalt Not Partake Of Strong Drink – Many things may seem perfectly reasonable under the influence that just wouldn’t whilst sobering up in the E.R.

7) Thou Shalt Gather Thy Garments Close About Thee – Getting loose clothing or long hair caught by a belt, blade or any other rapidly spinning object may mar you flesh in uncomfortable ways.

8) Thou Shalt Breathe The Breath Of Life And None Other – Excessive airborne dust and fumes from chemicals can cause long, painful deaths or require visits from the Fire Department. Get plenty of fresh air.

9) Thou Shalt Not Rush Exceedingly Into Folly – Much damage to life, limb and property can take place when we are rushed. Slow down, and enjoy your work, supper can wait, even if it’s the last.

10) Thou Shalt Acknowledge All Movement As Fearsome – Any tool or blade in motion is a potential injury, treat all as such. Never reach toward a moving blade to move a piece of scrap, always let the blade stop.


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#1 posted 04-28-2011 07:54 PM

Dammit man, you’re taking all the fun out of this stuff! ;-)

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 08:11 PM


11. Thou shalt remember that “Murphy” was a woodworker long before he ventured into lawmaking…. “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”. ;-)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 08:36 PM

1 through 10 just aim to keep ‘Ol Murphy a little farther away, that’s all.


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#4 posted 04-28-2011 09:51 PM

Murphy was accident prone. But heed his Warns he who shalt will bringith spoils to thee.

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 10:16 PM

I didn’t get past Commandment One before being damned to Woodworker Hell. Thank goodness Joseph was a carpenter, maybe if I pray enough and do penance (clean the shop) he will intercede on my behalf. Off to do penance now!

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 11:54 PM

Methinks Murphy was an optimist!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 11:43 AM

#2 stands out right now. 2 says ago I decided to sand off the end of my finger with the table top belt sander OUCH!!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 05-03-2011 03:45 PM

@Eagle1 – I never thought of using push sticks with a sander… :)


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#9 posted 05-20-2011 04:22 AM

hmm, need something in there about checking the wood before grabbing it. Been working with some old barn wood to clean it up so i can use it and have picked up a number of scratches from nails and staples and have had to stop a number of times to remove painful splinters. I finally learned the hard way to look before i grab.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#10 posted 05-20-2011 06:15 AM

This will bring me all kinds of grief, but if I had to follow all of these hyper-safe dictums there’d be no more shop time in my future. Talk about buzz kill. How about two commandments over ten: Avoid rectal-cranial inversion, and handle with care. Those do it for me…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#11 posted 06-10-2011 12:52 AM

12. Thou shalt not place drinks on my cast iron tool tops, or any other surfaces for that matter.

-- Scott in Texas

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#12 posted 06-10-2011 01:36 AM

scarpenter002: MY WIFE DID THAT THIS WEEKEND! Argh, now I have 3 rings on my table saw top to remove.

My favorite rule, I believe it was always #1 is:
“Always be sure to read, understand and follow the safety rules that come with your power tools… and there is no more important rule than this, always wear safety glasses.” Every time I walk into my Garage/Shop I can hear the great Norm in my head with that saying…

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#13 posted 06-12-2011 05:24 PM

eagle1- fortunately a sander is the one tool that, if you come in contact with the business end of, will not do permanent damage. it just burns like hell! lol

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#14 posted 08-12-2011 08:46 PM

Looks like I’ve broken all of them. I’m going to woodworkers HELL!!!!

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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#15 posted 08-12-2011 10:00 PM

13. Though shall take proper care and maintenance of tools to prolong their lives and minimize safety issues resulting from improper care.
14. Though shall name all power tools ;) lol j/k

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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