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Artie

Turning Safely with Headgear

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Gonna change direction here, John feel free to move it. I got the recent April issue of Woodcraft magazine, and on the cover is a man at a lathe, turning. He’s wearing regular glasses, maybe readers. No mask, shield, face protection, and is wearing long sleeves, down to the wrist. Having NEVER turned before, but having done a little reading about it, this doesn’t seem right. Their version of an April fools day? I gotta think this isn’t the image they would want on their cover. Thoughts?

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I'm not saying I always wear a face shield. Sometimes when using a chuck and tailstock combination, I will turn as shown on the cover. Safe? probably not as safe as it could be. I do wear glasses but if a piece breaks, they wouldn't offer much protection. 

 

As for the sleeves, he is wearing a turners smock. The cuffs are pretty tight. Long sleeve turners smocks/jackets are made this way.

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 Now, I always use face shield and mask. I didn't always and quickly found out some woods  aggravate my allergies, even if to get that last little bit done. I know better than not to use my PPE, I used it during all my working years and it was second nature to grab it before every job that required it.

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Why? Because-

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I was experimenting with different speeds using negative rake cutters. Wondering if faster produced smoother surfaces. Apparently the bowl didn't like 2800 rpms. Still haven't found all of the pieces. This was a piece of locust.

 

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I sent an email to the editor of Woodcraft Magazine about the cover picture. He admitted that was probably not the best example. In part, he said- "At a magazine where we love to teach proper techniques and safety, we sure should have had Mr. Kehs don a face shield." 

 

So, @Artie, your face shield comments were spot on.

 

 

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