You know before we start digging into tutorials and projects, we need to make sure we’re set up to protect our beautiful selves from the potential hazards that can happen when working with Power Tools.
(You can find all these products in my Sawdust and Paper Scraps Amazon Store so if you feel like it, you can buy your safety gear and support my site all at the same time! Win/win!)
Today we’re talking about Safety Gear!
I made a video to cover all this but couldn’t work all the goshderned electronic contraptions to get it edited so we’re going old school…pictures and subtitles.
Hi guys. I’m going to show you all my GLAMOROUS safety gear today because safety is absolutely the most important preparation for any project you might want to tackle. Period!
It only takes a second to put on your gear!
It takes less that a second for a tragic accident to change your life forever!
So, work smart, take a second to protect yourself.
Glasses and Goggles
And, also because they fit over my regular glasses that I wear sporadically. Mainly when it’s dark or I watch TV but sometimes I forget they are on…
p.s. This is my own explanation and opinion. It’s not a scientific, medical, manufacturer or any other kind of professional statement.
I usually wear a 3M 8511 Particulate Sanding Respirator N95 with Valve, 10-Pack when I’m sanding or cutting. They have a ventilation valve that helps prevent fogging up your glasses and keeps your face from getting too hot and sweaty.
I just ordered these 3M R9211-10 N95 Cool-Flow Particulate Sanding Respirator, 10-Pack and I’m excited to try them out because when it’s hot in the summer, I still sweat under my mask. It’s so gross!
Then I’ve got my 3M R6211 Low-Maintenance Half-Mask Organic Vapor, P95 Respirator Assembly, Medium for when I paint with oil based paints or clean up with solvents. You can replace the filters when they need it. And you know they need it when you can smell the chemical with the mask on. (I think.)
I sometimes wear it when cutting or routing too. (If I can’t find anything else.) It comes with some particulate filters that you put in this plastic cover that snap on over the organic vapor filter. (But I can’t find my filters to show you.)
Protect your Hearing!
Did I say something about earmuffs? I can’t hear anything!
Yes, I honestly do wear this… sometimes. Not all the time! When my back is already sore and I need to work, I put this little beauty on and wear it like I mean it!
I actually bought mine from Harbor Freight Tools for about $12 but I found some on Amazon that don’t have all the bright orange! Mine is a medium. ProFlex 1650 Economy Elastic Back Support Belt, Black, Medium
I like to use carpenter gloves when I’m cutting, nailing, framing, building cabinets…most jobs where you want some protection but need to be able to dig a nail out of a bin or hold a screw while you drive it into your project.
And that’s about it. This is me when I go out to my “workshop” (which is just my garage and happens to face the street so everyone can see me in all my glory when they walk by with their strollers).
But I’m not one to put fashion or “image” in front of my safety. It’s not worth taking a chance on living the rest of my life minus an eye (or a few fingers for that matter) or having to turn the volume up so loud on the TV that everyone else in the room has to plug their ears!
Did I miss anything? Do you have any favorite safety gear that I didn’t cover? I’d love to hear about it!