Fear is NOT a good thing in any work environment ! read my quote on all my posts, I don't fear my tools I respect them and understand them. If I am about to do a procedure on a power tool, if I don't feel comfortable with it, I stop and think, how else can I accomplish this that will be smarter and less dangerous.
I did say a "bit" of fear. I respect my tools, but still have a bit of fear also. I have seen a number of people who say they respect their table saw. And then stand right in line with the blade when sawing. Personally, I fear kickback, obviously they don't, instead they respect their machines. My saw has no saw guard, riving knife, all taken off when bought. Never had any kickback, because I work carefully, and still stand to the side of the blade. A bit of fear makes me work more carefully. On the table saw, I use saw sleds, push sticks, push blocks. My saw sleds are made so the blade does not show, all of them have a bridge over it, and to cut yourself on the blade you would have to lay your hand flat then slide it a couple of inches under the bridge to reach the blade. Any of you guys have a safety bridge on our saw sleds? With mine no way I am going to accidentally get my finger in the blade. There is also a stop on the front and back of the saw sleds, when that stops the sled the blade is always protected by wood, and never shows, so again, no chance of getting my hand in the blade.
All my router masters/templates are 1" thick, because much easier to hold on to, and can get a good grip. I would never use a thinner master, way too scary for me. And when my pieces get to about 6", I work a lot slower, and a lot more careful. An inch or so smaller, and I make some sort of a jig to hold the piece, rather than use my hands.
I'm not asking any of you to do any of this (except use push sticks, blocks, and stand out of line with the table saw blade). It works for me, quite possibly would not for any of you, I've got a different background, and experience you can never attain. And thru it all, I still have some fear of my tools, despite respecting them too. Oh yeah, I don't let people in my shop, mainly because I don't like people in my shop. Don't like them in my house either, for that matter. And if I get tired, I take a break, or quit for the day. Safety in the shop is always prime importance.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.