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Gloves?

Do you wear gloves? If so what kind and why do you wear them?

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For what? I wear them to move plywood, boards, etc. but gloves and power tools are a disaster waiting to happen.
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Ditto - never around power equipment! Hauling lumber into the shop, loading the truck at the sawmill, cleaning up the shop and handling lots of odd pieces with splinters, etc. - yes, definitely.

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Wearing gloves around machinery is an accident waiting to happen.

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I agree with not wearing gloves around a lathe however there was one bowl I made that the chips coming off of it was so hot I was getting burned. I carefully wore a leather work glove until I got past the part where it was hot and then put the glove away.
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General, non-machinery based work in the shop, I typically have on disposable Nitrile gloves. Sometimes I will wear latex coated knit gloves if it is something the nitriles won't hold up to, or I need extra protection.

I like working in the shop, but I don't like having shop hands...
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For what? I wear them to move plywood, boards, etc. but gloves and power tools are a disaster waiting to happen.

Cannot be said any better than that.


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My assistant at work wears gloves, he'll go through at least two or three pairs a month. I never bother personally



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I'll often wear fingerless gloves with the table saw while handling rough sawn wood or on the bandsaw. Today I had them on in the shop for five hours including drilling, circular saw use, and cutting up old oak on the table saw.



I buy Grease Monkey gloves at Home Depot for about 10 bucks. They have velcro so you can pull them tight so there's nothing loose to catch. You keep your finger dexterity and protect your lower fingers and palm.

Since I started wearing fingerless gloves about a year ago, I enjoy not tearing up my hands and quickly notice when I don't have them on.

I was watching Charles Neal and he talked about why he wears fingerless gloves and the additional grip it gives him around the table saw, so I decided to see if it worked for me. It did.


However, I wouldn't wear gloves with fingers while operating table saws or bandsaws. But always wear them with a chainsaw,
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I will wear nytril gloves when finishing and when I expect to get solvents on my hands.

Around machinery, never.

BTW - If you are gluing things together DO NOT wear gloves. Yeah it will keep the epoxy off your fingers but when you get glue on the gloves you can't feel it. Then when you go to finish the project the ugly finger prints show up where the finish doesn't adhere.

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For handling wood, particularly sheet goods, these seem to double my grip strength. I keep them in the car, by my stacked wood, by my sheet goods, and just about anywhere I need a cheap, but effective grip. They also last a while. At around a buck a pair, they're a bargain.


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I thought of this. It is a question that only a glove wearer can answer.

There are many gloves that offer protection from sharp objects. The real concern with gloves is are they guaranteed not to snag?

If the tooth of the dado on a 3 HP table saw grabs the glove, the next question to be answered is: How much of your arm is going to be pulled into the throat of the table saw?

Please guys, no gloves near rotating machinery.
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I thought of this. It is a question that only a glove wearer can answer.

There are many gloves that offer protection from sharp objects. The real concern with gloves is are they guaranteed not to snag?

If the tooth of the dado on a 3 HP table saw grabs the glove, the next question to be answered is: How much of your arm is going to be pulled into the throat of the table saw?

Table saws cut you- they don't pull you into the throat plate. Unless I'm very mistaken no one has ever been dragged into a throat plate from wearing fingerless gloves.



Perhaps I'm failing to see the concern wearing fingerless gloves securely fastened and tight on the palm and lower fingers. Gloves such as I wear prevent sweaty palms, offer a secure grip on wood and push sticks, and are safer (at least for me) than bare hands.


The next time your in Home Depot put on a pair. Cinch them tight with the velcro. These are not floppy, over-sized, Mule brand work gloves.


Should I get cut by a table saw blade it will be due to my carelessness, not because I'm wearing fingerless gloves.

That's my opinion.
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No. I wear gloves is if I'm using a finish or paint, because it's too much trouble to clean my hands afterward.

I notice that nearly everyone wears gloves these days on YouTube DIY videos. And so do baseball players, football players, golfers, everyone's wearing gloves. Always with the gloves.
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I agree with everyone who warned about the dangers of gloves around power tools. Here are places where I use gloves related to woodworking:

* Leather gloves to provide better grip and avoid splinters when moving large lumber and plywood boards around the shop. Not when I am cutting the lumber.
* Leather gloves when folding and unfolding bandsaw blades.
* Nitrile gloves while handling messy glues, especially epoxy, polyurethane, and CA. It is mostly related to preparing small turnings, such as pens.
* Nitrile gloves while handling stains and finishes.

There is one exception that I make with gloves and power tools: I wear nitrile gloves while applying a finish to small turnings on a lathe, like pens. Typically it is a friction polish or a CA finish. The tool rest is removed and the lathe turns slowly. If a glove sticks, it simply tears off my finger without injury.
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No. I wear gloves is if I'm using a finish or paint, because it's too much trouble to clean my hands afterward.

I notice that nearly everyone wears gloves these days on YouTube DIY videos. And so do baseball players, football players, golfers, everyone's wearing gloves. Always with the gloves.

That's to protect their hands - it's not a fashion statement or a tribute to Michael Jackson.

I realize that many older woodworkers, of which I am one, are reluctant to try new ideas.

It wasn't that long ago when no one used dust collection, face masks, safety glasses, and hearing protection.

Now there's very few who don't realize the benefits of such measures.

Fingerless gloves are protection for the hand and will become more common as time goes on.

Let's keep up with workshop injuries as a direct result of a woodworker wearing fingerless gloves while using a table saw or bandsaw. Please post those reports.

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That's to protect their hands

I know. My 13 year old son plays offensive line (without gloves at this point) and says, "You have no idea how much it hurts my hands." I say, 'yeah, toughen-up buttercup. Ray Mansfield played with a broken thumb....'

Of course, I myself never played football.

My father never wore gloves. His father before him told of how winters would get so cold working on the PRR locomotives that their hands would stick to the metal. So it's my own foolish pride that keeps me from wearing gloves.
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Are there fingerless gloves that would be good for typing on a computer? No joke. My office is drafty and gets so cold sometimes that its gets hard to type.
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Are there fingerless gloves that would be good for typing on a computer? No joke. My office is drafty and gets so cold sometimes that its gets hard to type.

Yes. Look at LL. Bean, REI, and other outdoor sellers. They sell wool fingerless gloves.


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