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Wet Belt Sander Safety

Click here for basic information on wet belt sanders.

Here are a few tips for using your wet belt sander safely.

1.  Don't wear long sleeve shirts or loose clothing.  Tie long hair back and remove watches, chains, or loose jewelry.  Because you work close to the belt, it's possible for the belt to grab your clothing, hair, or other items while you're working.

2.  Consider wearing a respirator.  Even though the belt is wet and the piece is wet, quite a bit of dust can be generated.  This is especially important if you're grinding for a long period of time.

3.  Be absolutely certain that the belt is thoroughly wet before starting to grind the glass.  If it isn't, the glass could overheat and crack or even explode.

4.  Be very careful about where your fingers are.  This is especially critical with the finer grits.  If you're not careful, it's possible to actually sand the skin off your fingers.  And it happens so quickly and subtly you may not notice it until the damage is done.

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Copyright 2005 Brad Walker.  All rights reserved.

This tip adapted from posts on the Warm Glass board.  Special thanks to Phil Hoppes.

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