First off I want to state that the official ToolCrib position is that ANY beer is too much beer for woodworking. We’re serious about safety and would like to remind you that the #1 most dangerous power tool is YOU.

photo by IJsendoorn under CC license.

A SawmillCreeker asked recently, “How many beers does it take to not jump on a machine?” The Creekers are safety oriented woodworkers so it’s no surprise that the majority of them have strict no drinking while using tools policy.

I went through and counted the responses anyways.

No drinking before or during (zero tolerance): 40
A couple while cleaning up: 8
One: 4
Up to 2 drinks: 2
Will use a hand plane: 1

Where do you fall on the spectrum?

Here’s the original thread: How many Beers?

Also recommended: Avoiding Drugs and Alcohol When Woodworking