Fellow woodworker Chris, a member of WoodNet and avid amateur, had an incident when not wearing his safety glasses – a very real close call. You will find the original post, and the entire thread, at this link on the WoodNet woodworking forum. I let Chris describe what happened, and invite you to read the rest of the thread at the link above.
I’m working on refinishing our dining room set, a beautiful mid-century Heywood-Wakefield. The chair legs are attached with a stub tenon, which was originally glued (and) screwed.
I pulled out the legs, and decided to get rid of the nearly 50 year old glue (a beautiful red looking stuff that was pretty much rock hard). I had taken off the glasses while I was examining the stuff, and failed to put them back on as I clamped the leg down and began scraping the glue off with a chisel. One large piece was being particularly stubborn, but finally surrendered to my efforts dramatically, and flew up to pop me in the face, right below my eye. The pain was remarkably intense. After taking a few moments to make sure it hadn’t actually hit my eye and ruined $3000 worth of laser surgery, I promptly put the glasses back on.
So, as a warning to all of you out there who sometimes forget:
It doesn’t matter what the task is, always put the ugly glasses on!
I am sorry you had this close call, Chris. Thanks for reminding us to make sure to wear our safety glasses. And thanks for agreeing to share your story here during Woodworkers Safety Week.