Safety procedures must be observed with tools. Doesnt matter what the tool is; disobey a safety rule and youre likely to lose something.
You may have noticed I didnt post a blog on Friday. Thats because my computer died. Specifically, my hard drive failed. As I discussed last time, half of my woodworking takes place in front of the computer, and without a computer I simply cant work. It would be no different for you if half the work you do in your shop takes place on the table saw and it failed, you cant work either.
However, because you exercise all proper safety procedures, if something goes wrong on your table saw that puts it out of commission you hopefully wont lose something, such as a body part youre particularly attached to. Or, more importantly, attached to you. If that happens your woodworking career will be impacted severely, and your working ability compromised for a long time to come. But because you operated safely and with precautions in place, your task then becomes merely getting the table saw back in running order and picking up where you left off. Youve lost nothing but time.
Same with my computer. I dont mean to sound like Im making light of shop safety there are few dismemberment risks using a computer, and I surely dont mean to equate the two but without using proper safety procedures I could have lost a lot when my hard drive irreparably failed.
But I used a safety precaution: an external hard drive that backs up absolutely everything on my computer hourly. Once I had a new hard drive in place, formatted and with the computers operating system installed on it, it was just a matter of restoring several gigabytes of information years of work, much of it irreplaceable in-progress projects back onto my computer. All I lost was time.
Again, Im not making light of shop safety. To the contrary, Im emphasizing it. We think about shop safety every minute were in our shops, and thats a Good Thing. Rarely, though, do we get reminders of it outside the shop.
For me, this was one of those times.
Till next time,