Safety in the Shop: Other People’s Tools

This weekend I attended a welding class.  I’m trying to get some practice laying beads with a MIG welder.  A major safety hazard of welding is being “flashed” by the spark of electricity between the machine and workpiece.  “Flashing” means the brightness of the arc has burned your retinas and can cause severe eye irritation, temporary blindness, redness, etc.  You avoid this by wearing a proper welding helmet and warning bystanders that you will start welding. I, of course, got flashed this weekend. The fault wasn’t “my own”.  Meaning it wasn’t my personal action which cause the flash.  I kept … Continue reading Safety in the Shop: Other People’s Tools

Community Watch: Lie Nielson Toolworks Show, Oct. 21st-22nd

I took my students to the Lie-Nielson Toolworks show being held at the Kellogg Furniture Studio on Fri, Oct. 21st.  My students were able to use some pretty expensive and sweet-working tools from Lie-Nielson and Glen-Drake tools were there.  I especially got a thrill watching a student get pointers from the man that created the tool… Make it safe and keep the rubber side down this weekend. Continue reading Community Watch: Lie Nielson Toolworks Show, Oct. 21st-22nd

Teaching New Techniques in the Woodshop

In the Masterclass, I had the oppurtunity to bring out my rasps. What a successful technique for my students to make matched part! I usually have to show a technique two or three times before a student picks it up – but this was pretty intuitive. I’m defnetely reworking the tool list: should I add Nicholson or Auriou? Continue reading Teaching New Techniques in the Woodshop