Scott Phillips is horrible, and his wife is even worse. (horrible
woodworkers, I don't know them, other that they shouldn't be on TV.)
He is one of the very few, if not only, TV woodworker that leaves every
known contraption on his saw instead of lying and saying safety devices
have been removed only for visual and vocal effects. He starts every
show with the same dumb ass safety advice, a testimonial to how really
stupid Americans have become. Sort of like buying a flashlight and
finding 20 pages of safety instructions and a quarter page on how to
turn it on and install batteries... Don't eat batteries, don't put
batteries in microwave oven, Don't use underwater, don't use as a jack
stand, and on and on.
Personally, I think people are smart enough to figure most of this on
their own, and those that don't, telling them is breaking a fundamental
law of nature, survival of the fittest. (too many idiots polluting the
gene pool nowadays)
If you can't find his show, here is all you need to know:
Unplug everything before adjusting, changing blades, and so on.
Use safety glasses and face shield at all times.
Don't ever set your router down until it comes to a complete stop.
Don't ever put any part of your body in front of a band saw blade
Wear ear muffs before using a tool that makes any noise.
Be sure to read all operating instructions and and use every safety
device known to man before using anything.
I'm sure I missed a few hundred, but you get the idea.
My advice is use common sense. If you don't have any of that, stick to
Pokemon and watching re-runs on TV, or, let nature take it's course.
BTW, I've been using tools for a long time, too long, and was never
once injured by a power tool. I have been nicked a few times with hand
tools. I find the chances of getting hurt with a hand tool is greater
than a power tool, probably because you have a tendency to throw caution
to the wind, and wham.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
Add Brad Stagg, The Ultimate Workshop show. He was demonstrating how to
cut a dado and pushing the work through the dado set with the miter
gauge. All good so far. Then he stops and almost panics when the
camera show that the guard was still on the saw. that absolutely should
have been reshot.
Add, Bruce Johnson. He had a diy show and insisted on calling his SCMS
Yes, but I'm also careful. I've never been lucky or unlucky with my
unguarded raw table saw. Never been lucky with my router, shaper,
planer, belt/disk sander, band saw, grinder, mortiser either. I have
been lucky with my lathe and drill press when I left the chuck key in
and turned them on. Also I've had lathe turnings break, but never came
near getting injured. Those incidents I've been lucky I guess, but I
don't consider lathe and drill press very dangerous tools, so I get
careless more so than my other power tools. (I do wear eye protection
with the lathe, and other tools, but I don't protect against an idiot
turning them on with a chuck key in the chuck) I really don't get
careless with my table saw or shaper, both tools require great respect.
I never turn on the grinder or wire wheel w/o eye protection.
Having said all that, I have noticed with advancing age, my mind tends
to wander more than ever, and that, combined with less usage, it's
becoming more of a challenge to remain reasonably safe. There is a time
when one should look to other interests I guess, but fortunately it
seems my interest in taking on large projects is diminishing as well as
my ability to focus.
Photography seems safe enough...yuck!
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
I saw some advice regarding the chuck key that's worth repeating: The
chuck key is either in your hand or in it's home (which isn't the
chuck!) It's easy to leave the tool where you last used it, but for the
chuck key this could be very bad.
I haven't left any keys in drill chucks, but lathe chucks are another
story. Usually you're messing with the material, trying to get it to run
true and it's easy to get focused on the material and forget about the
A chuck stop would be easy enough. Just put a couple microswitches where
the key goes and if one of those microswitches is pushed the lathe will
refuse to start. Even better may be optical switches, just so the tool
doesn't have to be pushed down. (If one of those patent trolls buys the
idea, this post counts a "Prior Art"!)
Some lathes DO have a chuck stop... When the lathe starts, the key stays
in the chuck and then suddenly and violently hits the lathe and bad
I only have 3 drills with chuck keys.
One is a big-ass Black and Decker corded drill with a ton of power. It
has a cool rubber grommet type thing attached to the cord that holds the
key very securely.
The other is a 25 year-old little Skil corded hammer drill that helped
me build my first home 20+ years back. It has the little recessed,
friction-fit hole that is "supposed" to hold the key. I don't know why
I still keep that drill, other than the sentimental value. :-)
The 3rd is the drill press. It was very frustrating to look for the
chuck key, whenever I'd take it with me or leave it on the bench. I
finally placed a magnet on the belt lid for attaching the key when not
in use. That's where it stays and I don't remember the last time I
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