Safety Gear for Your Next DIY Project

Avoid turning your DIY project into a hospital visit by wearing the proper safety gear.

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Safety Gear:

Safety Glasses

Wear them! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but all serve the same basic purpose: to protect your eyes. A lot of people don’t realize that wood dust, debris, and chemicals can send hazardous particles into the air, which can damage your vision. Regular eyeglasses and sunglasses will not give you the same protection as safety glasses, because safety glasses are designed with impact resistant lenses and side shields. If you normally wear prescription eyeglasses, you can have prescription safety glasses made or you can purchase safety glasses that fit over your eyeglasses.


When working with hazardous chemicals including, paint or wood stain, latex gloves provide sufficient protection, but if you are doing a demolition like removing a wall in your house, you want a heavy-duty work glove.

Ear Plugs/ Earmuffs

When you are 80 years old and can’t hear as well, you want to tell your grand-kids it’s from all the awesome rock concerts you went to when you were young, not because you failed to wear earmuffs in the workshop. Anytime you are using loud equipment, you need to be wearing earplugs or earmuffs. Earplugs are cheaper and work okay, but earmuffs are more comfortable, block out more noise, and last longer.

Face Masks

Wood dust and wood dust chemicals can cause allergic reactions, serious repertory problems, and cancer. Face-masks prevent you from inhaling these hazardous chemicals. Small tasks like sanding down wood causes wood dust to be released into the air, so it is important to wear a face-mask anytime you are working with wood or chemicals.

Face Shield

Protect your pretty face from flying objects. With machines like a lathe, wood is spun at high speeds for carving, and the shavings can fly off in any unpredictable direction. Face shields protect your face from heat, chemical splashes, flying objects, and many other hazards.

 Wear Appropriate Clothing:

Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing, and wear clothing appropriate for the work environment. Loose clothing can easily get caught in a machine, or in the way of your work area. Keep in mind that your clothing also works as a protective shield, so the less skin showing the better.Handywoman holding a level

Now that you have all the right safety gear, check out and get the perfect table legs or table bases for your next DIY table project!