…and the number one most likely source of deadly wooden projectiles is the table saw. (Particularly if we ever upgrade to a Unisaw or similar machine).
So I'm with Chris on this one. I will concede that the lathes need to be labeled as "dangerous". That these tools need to be on the "needs training" list, we need to provide that training and we all need to be willing to step up and say "you're doing it wrong" if a lathe (or any other tool) is bring used unsafely or destructively.
However, my gut tells me that people who don't know how to use a lathe won't just step up and "give it a go". At least in my eyes, it doesn't lend itself to intuitive operation like a table saw does.
I would also go as far as to suggest that if a tool is going to be "heavily restricted" it may not have a place in our community shop. (Perhaps there are better uses for the space).
Again, as Chris says, this isn't really forum fodder and I don't mean this as a declarative statement--rather as an indication that the overall "principle" might require consideration, discussion and community consensus.
And, for record, I do want wood and metal lathes in the shop and I want to learn how to use them properly.
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