Woodworkers Club of Houston
Home Shop Safety
by Ridg Gilmer (Woodworkers Club of Houston)
Early this month I was
ripping some treated pine 2X6X8 pieces to make expansion strips for the
concrete pool deck.
Yes Ė I was wearing my bifocal safety
glasses that have sidepieces, so I thought I was protected.
However, later that evening my right
eye felt like I had something in it that I could not remove.
When this persisted, I made an
appointment and when my ophthalmologist examined my eye, she said that
indeed I had injured it.
This resulted in her numbing my eye,
scraping away some inflammation and putting a patch over it.
Two days later, following application
of antibiotic, my eye had healed and I felt fortunate.
So Ė following our WWCH
meeting, I consulted Mike Turner, our safety expert.
Mike advised me to go to a machine
tools company for eye protection, as they carry more robust safety
glasses than our woodworking stores.
I picked Continental
Tool & Supply Inc. out of the yellow pages and finally found their place
off 610 Loop East.
After trying a few of their regular
safety glasses that did not seem superior to what I have, I settled on a
pair of goggles.
These are acrylic plastic with
fabric-coated pads that enclose the eyepieces and fit snugly over the
Iím able to wear my regular reading
glasses under the goggles if needed. Although more trouble to put on,
they are fairly comfortable.
Iíve been using them and they will be
especially helpful when I turn on the electric blower to clean the shop.
The best news was the price - $4.49! *
I know that my eyes are worth far more
than that and I certainly donít look forward to another eye patch
How about you?
What are your eyes worth?