Episode 079: Staying Safe While Working Alone

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the 100 vase, working on the commission for Whittier College.


Sean – Dabbled with restoring a few hand planes.


Brian – Finishing up the walnut nightstands, turned a walnut vase,

Main Topic (Suggested) – Shop safety while working alone.

Mark Shaw – Hey guys,

First off, love the podcast and each of your YouTube channels. Keep up the great work.

A few weeks ago the Making It post cast briefly touched on the topic of shop safety when working alone, and I was hoping to get your take on this.  I think the same is true for most wood workers and hobbyists that we work alone in our shops and some of us have shops in attached garages. I often worry about what would happen if I had an accident while alone in the shop or if there were to be a shop fire, especially when I am not there.  I have a 2 car attached garage shop.

Do you guys share these concerns, how does it impact the work that you do (avoiding tasks that have risk, stopping when you are tired, asking for help), and what precautions do you take.  I am thinking about first aid kits and being prepared for more than slivers and small cuts and what I should have in there , fire suppression, chemical storage, integrating smoke detectors with ones in the house for earlier warning, method to call for help, wireless IP cameras to keep an eye on the shop, etc.



Mark’s Custom Wood Creations

Beeton Ontario Canada

Guest Question:


Listener Questions, Email, and Comments:

Brodie Brickey – Really enjoyed the ‘self employed’ episode. During it Brian mentioned a client who kept changing her mind. Ultimately she wasn’t worth his time due to difficultly.

Does anyone have a contract with the client?
–Sign off design & collect x dollars for materials
–% completed collect x dollars
–Finished collect remaining
Here’s the killer:
–change made after design sign off, comes with a change charge.
You set the charge + the add on for hours that it takes.  With this method your client can keep changing their mind all they want you will still get paid.

Matt Thayer – Hey guys. Been loving the show. I still listen to it like its my job.

Anyways Sean regarding the cedar strip canoe they are not as complicated as they look.

I am a 20 year old woodworker that is in between his 1st and 2nd year at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport Rhode Island. I am in the Wooden Boat Building and Restoration program.

I am currently building a Roubo workbench for a summer project to complete internship hours, and another student is building a cedar strip canoe for his summer project. I have been picking his brain about it knowing you wanted to build one and he has built a couple before this one.

He likes the Bear Mountain Boats plans. Like Nick Offerman and Jimmy DiResta built. They have printed out mold patterns which you just glue on and cut on the band saw.

Like most boats, there is a TON of setup. He made a big strongback to mount the molds on, then you have to make the molds. He is building a 17′ 9″ and he got 20′ western red cedar boards. and I believe he used like 4 or 5 sheets of ply. He is using the bead and cove method, and wood gluing all the edges together then after the strips are laid it gets fiber glassed over. That method is the slow method because you have to clamp each strip and let the glue dry. If you were to brad nail the strips to the molds and glue the seams, you could plank the whole boat very fast. The gunnels, sheer clamps, stems breast hooks, and thwarts are all very straight forward and I don’t think you want me to make this damn email any longer then it already is 🙂

The boat we built in the first year (a 13ish’ single mast carvel planked sail boat) was so much harder to build and a lot of the students had never even touched a hand plane or a chisel before. They are pretty straightforward boats. If you can have the patience to make the bed you made for your daughter and do that kind of inlay, a canoe is a piece of cake.

Again, sorry for the long email and love the show.

iTunes Reviews

ShopHumbleHome – Amazing Podcast – 5 Stars – Long time listener, first time review and patron!  I love the energy of this podcast.  You guys have a way of making my drive to work enjoyable.  You guys have a great dynamic and I find myself re-listening to some episodes.  And Kyle, if you’ve read this far, I don’t care what anyone says, I think you’re a great reader.  Keep up the great work!  -Dustin
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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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