Practicing Safety in Creating Fine Woodworking

I have found in my desire to create fine woodworking I grow impatient to complete a new project too quickley.  The effect quite often is sloppy workmanship and more often than not some sort of injury.  I will admit when I was younger I managed to escape a lot of injuries, but as I grow older I find I’m not as fortunate.

I like the new tablesaws that have all the safety features to keep us whole while creating fine  woodworking projects.  My own experience is to some times take shortcuts that can cause injury.  It can be a frightening thing to watch your thumb and that rapidly spinning blade make contact.  I think of many times I’ve had a piece of wood fly by my head because I was in too much of a hurry to install the guard.  My father-in-law watched me cut up a two by four with a skill saw and warned me that I would injure myself.  He was right because witin 15 minutes I was in need of bandages.  He, in earlier days, had worked in a saw mill where he had lost a finger.  I worked with a man that lost most of a thumb in a router and another man lost fingers twice in a shopsmith.  None of these accidents were the fault of the tools, only the operators.

My wife and I decided to remodel a bathroom.  One of the fixtures was a castiron bathtub.  The tub was too heavy for the two of us to carry out and once again, being impatient to get it out, I decided to break it up with a sledgehammer.  Swinging a 16 pound sledge against that tub and watching it break up can sure make you feel manly until a two pound piece of porcelin covered iron whacks you on the ankle.

I enjoy watching HGTV and DIY programs where remodeling and creating fine woodworking projects are shown and even there you can see the possibility of accidents happening.

As I look at my own family and friends and casual aquaintences, I realize this is a bigger subject than I first thought.  Much pain can be avoided with patience, caution and poper safety equipment.  Woodworking and the use of woodworking tools can be very rewarding but ignoring the safety devices recommendations can be very costly.

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