The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo, has kicked off another safety week for 2010.
I want to share an incident that happened this (safety!) week in my shop. I just got a new Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw and set up a board to practice my sawing technique. I’m practicing based on Rob Cosman‘s dovetailing lessons. I’m trying to keep my arm in line with the saw, using a mirror to check out my form.
So – I setup a board in the vice and marked off some lines with my Lee Valley Striking Knife, straight across the top of my board and down the face. I line up a square and pull the knife against the square, across the board. Trying to keep it tight to the square, when it gets to the edge of the board, it shoots down faster than I expect and goes directly into my thumb. Lots of blood starts coming out and onto the floor.
Band Aids quickly to the rescue (are they in your shop?)
Obviously with our sharp woodworking hand tools we need to be just as safety conscious as with our power tools. Sure, you’re less likely to lose a finger, but it’s extremely easy to get cut and just as likely to end up in the ER. Always check where that chisel or blade is pointing and where it’s going to shoot off if something unexpected happens.
Now I have a new stain on my shop floor as a reminder to always be safe.