Many safety glasses lack explicit side shields, but are a more stylish
"wraparound" type with curved lenses that give similar protection.
Anything with a current CSA approval must provide side impact protection.
It is an oxymoron to have Norm and safety in the same sentence.
Norm's safety lapses are legendary. I sometimes just cringe when I see him
do certain things. Other times I just cover my eyes. My wife finds these
thing to be very amusing and always asks me to explain what he is doing
I am certain that many of these things are done for the camera. But I tend
to think that anybody who flat out ignores this many safety practices is
just old school and really doesn't know about them.
We all know some old fart who does everything wrong, doesn't eat right,
drinks too much, etc, etc. And they outlive all of us and have a good life.
I think that Norm fits into that catagory.
Norm's not bad at all compared to the guys at woodworkingonline.com.
I think they make great videos but I've literally cringed during a few
of their demonstrations. Most of it from people running their hands
too close to the blade. I suppose it could look safer in real life
than on camera though.
"> He always has that disclaimer that the guard has been removed for TV.
How many of us do know where the guard for the TS is? I know right where
mine is, under the workbench where it is nice and safe. Other tools all
have the guards in place and working, but the TS had it' removed the first
My old Craftsman saw was actually safer without the guard. The
splitter/guard support was bent the wrong way, so when you tried to push a
piece of wood through the saw it'd cut and then hang up on the guard
support, but only enough to put pressure against the piece. We all know
what pressure against the piece and thus the blade can lead to...
My new saw actually supports adjusting where the splitter/guard support is
in relation to the blade. If it's out 1/64", a little adjustment here and
there puts it where it should be.
If you're quiet, your teeth never touch your ankles.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
I use mine when I'm doing an operation that it doesn't interfere with. I can
use all the help I can get. I watched a guy ripping plywood one time stumble
and lay his thumb on the blade when he tried to catch himself. Wouldn't have
lost the thumb if the guard was in place.
Sorry John, I don't see the chickenshit. After all my years in the
trades, I still have all my original equipment, less a little gray
I think it is perfectly fine for the Saturday afternoon guy to take
the guards off all his tools. The more fingers that are lopped off,
hands that are damaged, legs that are hacked open simply translates
into more work for someone like me.
I love to read about that wild man, that guy that is striking a blow
for personal independence, that maverick that disables or takes off
any safety feature on tool. I will stand next to him and wave my fist
in the air "givin' to the the sombitch that tries to tell me what to
do" with great gusto, knowing, sooner or later the odds are on my
A lapse of judgment, a moment of inattention, a miscalculation, a
slip, working a when a little too tired, not understanding the tool's
limitations (or theirs), too much in a hurry, overconfidence with the
tools, mechanical failure (blade throws a tooth, router bit breaks, a
belt breaks), an unexpected surprise (a knot shooting out of a piece
of wood) and on and on with all the other things that go on when using
a tool are the things I wait for. They bring me business.
Sadly, most home shop guys don't actually use their tools enough for
the icy hand of the odds to finally be resting on their shoulder. An
occasional bookcase or glider isn't usually going to cut it.
But on the other hand, if all the guards are taken off tools and
there is no significant eye and dust protection, I figure my odds go
way up for getting new business.
Sadly, I know I may have lost a customer for my woodworking skills
when I go to their house for an estimate only to see most guards and
guides for the tools in use as well as dust masks, and good lighting.
They admit that usually this is due to a self inflicted injury and
they don't want to "take a chance on an accident anymore".
These threads are always amusing, ranging from expressions of extreme fear
of the smallest detail forgotten to seeing little wrong with what is being
done or "that's the way I do it".
Ran across this bookmark at work today, it has a number of interesting
items that, IMO, fall into both categories and between. Some of the
pictures are just flat out so outrageous you wonder how anyone could come
up with the idea to even attempt such a stunt and there are others that one
looks at and thinks that it probably looks worse than it really is,
particularly to the persons performing the work. I find some of the
comments to be somewhat condescending and more or less paternalistic, while
others are pointing out some obvious issues:
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
About the only move that makes me involuntarily turn my head is when Norm
runs 1 1/2" x 3/4" stock over a dado stack, with one hand, or both, pushing
down over the blade.
I guess I'm just a sissy ...
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