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Forum topic by Vicki posted 03-16-2019 04:31 PM 1074 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2019 04:31 PM

I know most are against gloves in the shop other than staining/painting etc. or the cut resistant kind for chisels. I agree with that, BUT…..............I do want some finger less gloves for my left hand for wood turning. I’d like them to combat the vibration which contributes to my trigger finger. I’m using a bike glove right now. It has some gel padding and I like the rubber on the palm for grip. My problem is since these have the cloth areas the small chips get stuck to those areas and some on the inside. Ouch. lol Does anyone have a brand of gloves to help solve my problem, no material that would hold chips? Thanks!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 01:24 AM

I have two different ones I use now. One is the Isotoner driving gloves (spandex & leather?) and the other is aviator gloves (lamb).
Both fit skin tight.
Before I went really cheap but it they worked well. The blue medical type glove and I placed about a 3” long strip of duct tape at the edge of my left hand down to the little finger. Since there is no L or R and I only wear one on my left a box last a long long time. Can get…mmmm.. sweaty in the summer and not feel so good put does protect the hand from hot/sharp chips.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 02:04 AM

Those that claim not to wear gloves during the last winter, sure as not, did not get much work accomplished. The cold steel actually hurt after just a few minutes. It seemed safer to wear them that lose feeling in my fingers and control of the tools.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 02:17 AM

I will admit it, sometimes use gloves when wood working.
But, really only wear gloves when working with plywood sheets, or select few other woods that have deaf defying splinters (like zebra wood or rough sawn oak/ash) The cheap BB plywood in my area generates lethal splinters if you even look at it. Gloves stop 99% of the super small annoying splinters I get from touching the edge of plywood. They also provide some additional adhesion to help mangle large pieces across the table saw.
I only use a tight fitting poly coated nylon glove like this one from HF:
They fit almost as tight as famous cheap HF blue nitrile gloves many folks use for finishing.

I also keep these gloves handy when moving large wood panels or projects between work station and floor. As I have gotten older, by grip is not as strong, and the poly glove film provides a non-slip grip. Makes moving stuff around shop much safer.

I also keep a pair of HF padded work gloves in shop to use when using ROS sanders. Helps reduce the vibration stress on my old carpel tunnel prone wrists.

Not sure if either of these will be good for turning?

Considering 10 months out of year my AZ garage shop is over 80F when I am working, gloves are a hot PIA. So they are only worn when absolutely needed, and are worn to avoid injury (as intended).


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#4 posted 03-17-2019 05:02 AM

Also Harbor Freight. They will leave a light yellow stain on your hands. But it washes off. I really like them, they work well.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#5 posted 03-17-2019 11:43 AM

The no gloves thing is at times a bit too fanatically stated. When ripping down plywood…gloves. When doing bulk work on rough sawn lumber…gloves. They are a great way to protect your hands and only need to come off if doing close in work with spinning equipment that could catch them. Even then, standard push stick and distance rules should prevent you from getting close enough for an issue.

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#6 posted 03-17-2019 12:03 PM

I use heavy duty cowhide leather work gloves for many things, including sanding small parts at the belt sander. One pair of insulated ones which were too short for my big fingers after they got wet and the leather shrank a little got the fingertips cut off and the insulation works for isolating me from vibration. Very little sticks to the leather, especially since it’s pretty well worn smooth.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 03-17-2019 01:29 PM

Gloves are acceptable while working in the shop except while using rotating machinery. Lathe work, grinder, skill saw, miter saw, etc. gloves should be avoided. Years ago, while working, I got my glove, caught in a grinder. My right index finger was broken and multiple cuts and abrasions. Also a stern reaming from the boss for being so stupid. I do, however, use Working Hands salve before and after shop time. Sawdust and dry wood seem to dry my skin and increase cracking on the fingertips.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#8 posted 03-17-2019 01:39 PM

When I worked with my tools as a carpenter, I had the tough skin/callouses to handle day-to-day woodworking; but even then I use gloves when handling rough/splinter prone wood. Today, with my hands pretty much as smooth as a baby’s bottom, I use gloves around the shop in most operations. Both to prevent/avoid splinters and to help with grip on large/heavy pieces.
I have found these to be a good choice…...........


They handle handle grip as well as padding for sanding/vibration operations.

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#9 posted 03-17-2019 02:15 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I think I’ll forgo the gloves other than wood handling/moving. I was wearing them to grind to protect from the heat, guess I’ll have to give that up too. I do use them with a chain saw, is that OK?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 03-17-2019 05:04 PM

When there is a chance of your glove getting snagged by some rapidly spinning thing, don’t wear them; otherwise go for it and use caution.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 09:53 PM

One of the guys in my turning club was wearing gloves at work, polishing a piece of steel on a drill press. A finger of the glove caught the revolving drum on the drill press, and ‘degloved’ his left hand. He lost 3 fingers and his thumb, and has had many, many surgeries. Google the term 'degloved', and see if you think it is worth the risk.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 03-17-2019 11:20 PM

I don’t need gloves. My hands are always covered with so many bandages they would hardly help.

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#13 posted 03-17-2019 11:36 PM

I don’t need gloves. My hands are always covered with so many bandages they would hardly help.


Hahahaha That’s a good one. Hahahaha

Actually I don’t have enough fingers left to lose anymore.

For those who think you might be able to prevent a grab wearing gloves, think about the “in the blink of an eye ” saying. That’s how long it takes to feel the pain after seeing the mistake about to happen. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#14 posted 03-18-2019 03:32 AM

If you find a comfortable pair of gloves to work turning on the lathe, cut the fingers off the glove. If your sanding or finishing on the lathe, take the gloves off for that procedure.

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#15 posted 03-18-2019 12:10 PM

I sometimes use thick surgical/cosmetology rubber gloves. My thinking is they will rip apart rather than feed into rotating machinery. They seem to hold up pretty good as long you don’t rub too much on rotating pieces. They are hot in the summer though.

-- tel

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