My shop is lit with flourescents, and very brightly...but there is
a single incandescent bulb with a switch at the top of the stairs.
My wife just blinks it on and off; it's noticeable but not distracting...
and she knows better than to come down while the DC and
jointer are running!
Start screwing with falling wood from a circ saw and you're asking it to lock
up in a cut and kick back. I knew one kid that happened to: took him a couple
years to really get right after the slice in his inner thigh muscle.
I am constantly haranguing my wife to stay out of the tool's path when I'm
working. She wants to help, and does, but has no ability to determie the
path(s) of problems, so I have to remind her each time. So far, so good. She's
seen a couple items fly and stay wary for a few months, but if she doesn't
help, she forgets.
"Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?" Lily Tomlin
Heh, see you one and raise you one.
Tool path, BTDTGTFS.
1)Fishing: fighting a 15+ bluefish in the surf (Hatteras NC), and he's giving
me gyp, I can feel the hook slipping. Missus is up the beach a smidge, comes
running to see what I'm fighting. Much cries of <female version>
"Youdaman!"</femaleversion) while standing in front of me. (Guess they never
get over that cheerleader crapola).
<Me> "Get out of the way please, get out of the way please . . . get the f...
behind me d***a**! </Me(as I feel the hook going totally south)>.
Hurt look on her face, <me> steps between her and the incoming (treble) hooked
Wham! sensation, right down in the left groinal region. Quite frankly I'm
afraid to look right away.
<SWMBO>: "Why are you so mean to me? Why did you yell at me?
<Me> "Uh, honey, is that hook in my left nut or not? </Me>
The hook was about 1.5" from the bidness, luckily didn't break the skin.
With a little bit of coaching she caught the next blue, 19 lbs or so.
Good day all told.
Reminds me of snitching salmon back in MI. Much more dangerous than
deer hunting. People hooking each other in nearby boots, every once in
a while a pair of waders going by upsdie down.
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
Kickback with a portable circular saw generally results not in the board being
thrust forward, but in the *saw* being thrust *backward*.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
Yeah I see the err of my thinking now... I don't let any one hold the
board unless I know that it is a long board and they are pushing forward and
pushing down. And I don't stand directly behind the saw either.
Thanks, Doug. This is exactly what I was getting at, I guess my OP wasn't
all that clear. The way she reaches to grab the board, if the saw kicked
back, her hand, arm and body are all in harm's way.
Frank, I don't think Sears is the only company that lets marketing get in
the way of displaying safe operation, though their ad sounds especially
I love my Jet Supersaw, but I was appalled at the Jet video on this saw. The
guy makes all kinds of cuts with a naked blade and not even a pair of safety
glasses on. He could have at least put them on while making the cuts.
Then there's the recent woodworking show. The demos fell into two safety
categories - those that went to great lengths to put up clear shields
between their equipment and the audience and those that did nothing. I was
amazed how many naked table saws were in operation, free for little kids to
stand behind the saw at eye level to see what was going on.
I have to admire Torben Helshoj, president of Laguna tools, who takes
signficant time to talk about safety and then sprinkles safety comments
throughtout his commercial video on Laguna tools.
I feel your pain, and would like to offer a viable solution that works
for me. I tried the "flicking of lights" scenario... and believe you
me this can still be quite startling. I use a set of 2 way radios.
Cost me 20$ for the set. SWMBO uses the 'pager' feature on the unit.
It bleeps like a pager. I can respond. If a tool is on and it is too
noisy for me to hear the page then I probably don't want to talk right
then anyway ! I hear the bleep when I shut off the tool. This
systems seems to work really well. My wife likes all of my fingers
and understands that this will help me keep them.
Another solution would be to wear a cell phone set on vibrate. I
don't own a cellphone, so I got the radios. They have proved useful
for camping, the mall, sporting event etc. Not a bad use of a 20$.
Hope this helps Jay,
"Women should be obscene and not heard." Groucho Marx.
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