(1) SAFETY: Safety means different things to different people but the bottom line is “safety is the prevention of accidents” and the procedure one follows if an accident occurs. If I start to list all safety rules we would require a large notebook and a week to read them. I have a motto “check twice / think twice” before operating a tool in your shop or planning projects. We all become complacent hence the saying “familiarity breeds contempt”, to show how normal workshop habits can become a potential hazard I will give a personal experience as an example. On January 12 2008 I decided to change the light in the shop that had burned out a week ago (not enough light for working, a potential hazard) so I got out my trusty step ladder (a folding portable work mate bench) and proceeded to unfold and lock the two side bars in place, a thing I have done so many times. The table being 28” tall and a cross membrane to step on to get on top, perfect for changing lights so I thought. I had successfully done this many times before so where is the problem. I got out my new light and up I went, as I got one side of the bulb loose I turned to move to the other side which was a piece of cake, I’m there. When I went to turn back to get a good view of the light my foot stepped on the outer edge of the bench (not a problem any other time) but I had not fully locked the bar on one side and the bench folded out from under me causing me to slip off and fall the 28”. I landed on my right heel and fractured the calcaneus. (large heel bone) This being March 24, 2008 and a operation, four screws, foot fusion, and a potential six months laid up I have had time to think about how a simple common practice can turn into an accident. I am not in the position to preach so the best I can say on shop safety is “think twice / check twice”. I hope all your wood working is mishap free and a reminder to be wary and wise!