I to often will get a splinter when, for example, putting pressure ona a
board against a router table while pushing with the other hand. Are there
gloves meant for wood working to help prevent that? Id like to have
something I could wear the entire time so they would have to be supple
enought to hold a pencil and write and hold a small steel rulter so the
thick leather construction gloves wont work for that.
Mine aren't specially for woodworking, but I really like unlined
kidskin gloves. They are thin, supple and stop all splinters (so far).
Get a nice snug fitting set and they will stretch to a comfortable
fit. Too bad I couldn't find mine yesterday when I was working with
genuine weatherbeaten barn wood. It's beautiful but I got about six
splinter doing the job.
Have you looked for gloves at any hardware or big-box store lately?
There are a variety of styles of fairly thin, form-fitting gloves that
can supposedly be worn while picking up nails and other small pieces,
but still have leather or synthetic abrasion-resistant palms for
protection. I wore some woodworking for a while, but I found they
didn't last too long (the suede between the leather palm pads wore
through quickly), and I was always taking them off to feel the
smoothness of wood anyway. So I gave up, and only wear gloves while
working with very rough stock now. I do knock off a tiny bit of sharp
edges with a block plane after I plane and joint stock to size, and
that helps with splinters/barked knuckles.
I suppose the ideal would be just to build up the calluses on your
hands so rough wood isn't hard to handle, but unfortunately I can't do
woodworking full-time (yet?...) so my hands end up staying pretty soft
for now, and I deal with scrapes and the occasional splinter as they
try atlas 370 palmflex gloves- use them at work on night crew at a store
often picking up wood pallets with them. Before using gloves I occasionally
picked up a splinter that would get infected. Pallets are bad news in that
you never know what they have been sitting in or had slapped on top them.The
370 gloves are flexible with the nylon knit body and the nitrile palm. Pat
I give the nod to these too. What I'd really like to see is a
dedicated "ripping glove" that has some flexible UHMW plastic in the
side of the index finger and thumb so you can use your (left) hand as
a human finger board. Does anyone know what I mean? I wrap duct-tape
around the index finger,which works for a while.
In any event, the Atlas 370 or similar gloves are great.
I use "Carver's Tape", sold by Lee Valley and Woodcraft, on my thumb and
forefinger. You can slip it off in one piece, and use the "thimble"
oevr and over.
Before I discovered carver's tape, I used hockey tape in the same manner.
> I to often will get a splinter when, for example, putting pressure ona a
> board against a router table while pushing with the other hand. Are
> gloves meant for wood working to help prevent that?
You are either the biggest dumb fuck on the planet or a troll.
Having an Imus moment? Why couldn't you have explained why gloves
aren't such a good idea? You are really getting to be like the little
kid in the kindergarten classroom that has to constantly raise his
hand with the answer. Shovel the snow off your fiberglass boat and get
> Having an Imus moment? Why couldn't you have explained why gloves
> aren't such a good idea? You are really getting to be like the little
> kid in the kindergarten classroom that has to constantly raise his
> hand with the answer. Shovel the snow off your fiberglass boat and get
There was a time when my response to the above would have been to
suggest that you perform aerial intercourse with a rotating annular
spheroid concentrating your efforts on a centrally located sphinter;
however, these days more important ways of spending my time are available.
Perhaps the easiest thing for all concerned is to be placed in each
other's respective kill file.
There are some folks that are of the opinion that gloves should never
be worn while woodworking. I'm not one of them. I don't stick my
bare hand (too) near to moving blades, nor do I do so with a gloved
hand. Is there a possibility that a blade will catch your glove and
rip your whole hand off or into the blade? Maybe, but more likely
it'll just cut the glove before it cuts your finger. I wear snug-
fitting gloves with a rubbery grip a lot when I'm working with rough
sawn or as found timber. And hemlock or Douglas Fir frequently give
cause to pull them out too. Catching a sliver halfway through a rip
and pulling your hands away in pain is dangerous too, IMO.
Hear, hear. Not to mention having 8 inches worth of roughsawn pushed through
your unprotected hand while ripping 'cause you've hit a knot or some funny
grain or a wet spot and you're getting a spot of kickback. That is not a fun
experience as I can attest (happened only once, but once is enough).
I also insist on wearing gloves when I am working with an inverted belt sander
that's clamped into the bench so I can pre-finish something that is free-form.
That's saved my skin more than once when I slipped.
I use tight fitting, thin rigger gloves. Plenty of fingertip sensitivity and
they're so tight that anything that would catch them would do serious damage to
my careless fingers (and I keep those well clear; I am just as careful if not
more when wearing gloves - for the obvious reasons).
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Not "while woodworking", but while operating woodworking machinery. The rest
of the industrial world, when utilizing machinery, has learned to discourage
the practice for good and practical safety reasons. That said, those
insisting on learning the hard way are certainly free to exercise their
Material handling is a good time to wear gloves. Rough lumber, even from a
band mill can be tough on the hands. When it comes time to joint, plane or
saw, off they come.
I've been to more than a few hand maimings, and gloves really add to the
damage, even if they don't necessarily catch and cause. Your body has
become fairly familiar with where its parts are, so adding an extension is
asking for trouble.
Still, there are those who believe that old baloney about being saved from
injury because they weren't wearing their seatbelts.
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