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Old 11-30-2017, 06:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Safety glasses vs. Face shield question

I wear reading glasses, face shield, and respirator when turning. I have a pair of high quality wrap around safety glasses (not gogles) with the reading magnifier (bifocal).

So, here is the question: is it safe to wear these glasses and not the full-face shield when turning only pens. I understand the face shield is the better but I hate the shield.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is what I wear when turning pens and finishing, but not when turning bowls or hollow forms. Wear my face shield for those items.

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Old 11-30-2017, 07:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with you. I am all for safety, but the old adage that one must always do this or that or the other because that is what people do on lathes - that does not apply to pen size turnings. In 13 years of turning pens, I have had a few explode, but the pieces did not have the mass of bowls.

I DO use a flip down face mask because I wear glasses and over-goggles cause my glasses lenses to fog up. The fact you have adequate protection is enough with pens, IMO. I also use a half face respirator.

I appreciate the fact that your mind and attitude is of safety. It is better to err on the side of safety. And at the same time common sense should reign.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I wear a ball cap and glasses only when turning pens. I use a mandrel until round then switch to between centers. When turning larger items, up to 3" to 6" dia, I will put on my face shield because it really hurts when "things" come off the chuck and hit you in the face. DAMHIK If I turned larger items I would wear head protection too, maybe something like a chainsaw face shield w/helmet. My biggest concern is loose clothing, tool control, and most important for me is staying alert, my mind will wonder sometimes. I added a paddle switch to the bench front that I can hit with my body in case something crazy happens. Have fun with your projects and be safe.

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Old 11-30-2017, 07:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I take safety very seriously.......most times I just have my mankini on, but when I use CA or other chemicals like coffee, then I wear the correct attire...

Attached is pic wearing the full boots, Hi viz overalls, Kevlar knee pads,Hi viz 40Kcal arc flash jacket, 11kV rubber gloves over leather gauntlets, breathing mask with hi rate filter and face visor, ear defenders over ear plugs and an IAP cap to stop sunburn on my bald spot....

Pic courtesy of my wife........she wouldn't take one with the mankini....

Oh....the bucket is where I keep my sandwiches....

Edit in; If you look carefully you will see I'm wearing my vari-focal safety glasses under the visor too......
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks like your should be saying "trick or treat".
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Do not tamper with safety. No short cuts. No substitute for fully protecting yourself each and every time. A small penblank can cause big damage. It’s a projectile. Also how about if a lathe part goes south. 3000rpm's of anything flying is dangerous. I wear a Trend Airpro... I hate it but I'm ugly enough need to rearrange my face.
I think you can answer your own question. What do the lathe instructions recommend.

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Old 11-30-2017, 09:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm a belt & suspenders kind of guy. No way you can be "too safe".
It's better to use it & not need it, than not use it & definitely need it.
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I wear safety glasses and my faceshield regardless of how big or small an item is that I am turning. Even a small item such as a pen blank can cause damage. Plus there is the added issue of bushings and mandrels if you use them. If you drill on the lathe then there is the drill chuck and and drill bit. If something goes wrong you will not be able to react fast enough. If you are not in the habit of always wearing it you will forget to wear it when you really need to.

When I started turning I only turned pens and only wore safety glasses. When I started turning larger items i always used a faceshield. Now, if I am not wearing my faceshield I feel naked.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by skiprat View Post boots, Hi viz overalls, Kevlar knee pads,Hi viz 40Kcal arc flash jacket, 11kV rubber gloves over leather gauntlets, breathing mask with hi rate filter and face visor, ear defenders over ear plugs and an IAP cap to stop sunburn on my bald spot....
Quite the get-up you have there, I think in my case "Low Vis" overalls would be safer -- my greatest hazard is my wife throwing things at me when I'm making pens but I should be doing something else
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