Safety Week 2012 Don’t Be a Shop Dog

Just a few tips that should run through your mind every time you set to work with sharp, pointy implements. I also drag out some old Hand Tool School footage from Semester 2 and show a stupid accident I had with a turning saw. Nothing too gory but be warned, that’s real blood. Enough of that, be safe when you woodwork and there will be plenty of time for stupid unsafe things in the rest of your life. Urban street luge anyone?

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  1. Ian Mackay says:

    Awesome…that last part’s great….can only say one thing. “I love you man!!!”

    And no…I have never taken scraps of oak and maple and had an epic fight while listening to The Trees.

    ok..maybe once


  2. Andy Spicer says:

    LOL! Great info but my number one takeaway is…. I wanna be SHOP DOG.

  3. Chris Wong says:

    Rush! (I’m referring to that Canadian band, of course.)

    Good video, Shannon. I enjoyed it, except for you hurting yourself.


  4. samg says:

    Just one word to add :


    Really don’t understand why those seams to be like a taboo in America. Gloves are like disposable hand skin and meet for 10$. For 30$ you can have a pair in Full-grain leather double-lined with kevlar, no blade in the world will ever go trough that. Why would you stay away from it ?
    They saved me from cuts more than once and every-times i append to cut myself it was like
    1- stupid me! i shouldn’t have put my hand there
    2- stupid me! if only i had a glove on this hand the fail would have had no blood cost and that would have absolutely no impact on my work except the 2 seconds to put it on.

    For several years learning woodworking through watching online video not only i never seen anyone advising wearing working gloves but some even recommend not to wear it because of hypothetical safety issues if the gloves are too larges… SIIICCCCC!!! Just by a pair that fit your hand and made for workshop not dock work.

    Please explain me, why none of you seems to ever wear gloves ?

    • Shannon says:

      I know quite a few guys who wear gloves. For me I rely too much on my sense of touch while working by hand. When milling a board my hands are my most effective tool to feel where the high spots are. My finger tips are my best measurement device when creating parts of equal width and/or length. Regardless, you bring up a good point. The key here is to get form fitting gloves as anything loose is more of a hazard. For me, I need the tactile nature that working without can provide.

      • samg says:

        Hey Shannon.
        I totally agree on the sensitive argument. Would neither wear gloves when using handplane for same reason.
        When using handsaw i like to wear a glove only on the hand that is not on the saw handle. This way i can still get total feedback from the saw.

  5. alex says:

    Sharp pointy bits eh!?…
    Nice little safety safe video thingy.
    I do a fair amount of tree work and the biggest thing to me seems to be, pay attention and anticipate what will happen as you do the next cut. Takes a little experience and some thinking about weight and some basic laws of physics but 80 ft up in a tree, when I limb off a branch that weighs about 600 lbs, what forces act on the limb, the tree, during and after, where the piece lands, what happens when cut is not complete and saw jams or dies?… I totally get the handsaw safety too, watch a guy “prune a finger off” with a small pruning saw and you realize how a little inattentiveness can be dangerous.
    (BTW I built and just put some finish on that same Grammercy bow saw kit and watched the Hantoolscool lesson where that happened the same night….)

  6. Steve Kirincich says:

    Great video, ugh! Gloves clearly are not the solution. Whether it is in the kitchen or the workshop, the free, non-tool wielding hand is always at greatest risk. After hearing a number of gory chisel accident stories, I try to be real careful when deciding to hold a workpiece with my free hand. Great stuff!


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