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Best Safety Glasses for Woodworking

You only get one set of eyes, so protect them! I've rounded up five of the best safety glasses for woodworking that will keep those peepers safe.

best safety glasses for woodworkers

This week, I'm talking about the most important equipment in the workshop: safety glasses. There are tons of options on the market, but I narrowed it down to the best safety glasses for woodworking to help you decide.

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First, let me tell you the story of what happened in my workshop that made me want to write this post. I was finishing up building a karate belt display for my son. My Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer wasn't firing, so I opened the jam release latch...

Something flew up and smacked me in the eye! Luckily, my contact lens and lower eyelid seemed to have taken the brunt of the impact. I walked away with a torn contact lens and really irritated eyeball, but my vision was fully functional.

I had it checked out at urgent care and came home with antibiotic eyedrops and a stern lecture about wearing safety glasses AT ALL TIMES when woodworking!

Previously, I had a cheap pair from Harbor Freight that were all scratched up and fogged over every time I breathed. As a result, I only wore them when absolutely necessary. I knew I needed to upgrade to the best safety glasses for woodworking I could find so wearing them was no longer a hassle.

Best Safety Glasses for Woodworking - Everyday Use: No-Cry Safety Glasses

woman wearing No-Cry safety glasses

These are the ones I purchased, and they've been great! I liked that they were clear, anti-fog and scratch resistant. Good visibility means I'll keep them on face even if I don't need them. I've actually walked out of the house with them still on!

They're also adjustable, both on the sides and the nose bridge, for a perfect fit. I bought two pairs, so there's always one within easy reach!

Best Safety Glasses for Sanding: Dewalt Concealer Safety Glasses

man wearing Dewalt Concealer safety glasses

These are great safety glasses for every woodworker's least favorite chore: sanding. The foam seal keeps dust out of your eyes. In addition to the anti-fog surface, there are also ventilation channels to keep your vision clear. These will fit over prescription glasses, too!

Best Safety Glasses with Built-in BiFocals - Dewalt Reinforcer

man wearing a hard hat and Dewalt bifocal safety glasses

Need to wear bifocals to see those tiny lines on the measuring tape? These safety glasses have built-in bifocals! Just pick your prescription and you'll be able to read everything in your workshop clearly.

Best Safety Glasses with UV Protection: Pyramex Venture II

Pyramex Venture II safety glasses with UV protection

Not only do the Pyramex Venture II safety glasses look cool, but they also protect your eyes from the sun and debris at the same time. If you do any work outside, whether it's woodworking or weed whacking, you should pick up a pair of these. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, so no one will even guess they're safety glasses!

I hope this helps you choose the best safety glasses for woodworking. Don't forget to protect those peepers!

Taylor Bishop

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

Thanks for this advice for finding good safety glasses for woodworking. You mentioned that you got ones that had anti-fog on them. This seems like it could be worth getting especially if it can help you see clearly as you are working on a piece of wood.

Jann Olson

Sunday 8th of July 2018

They look great! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Jann

Rockwell Marsh

Thursday 6th of April 2017

Hello, I agree with you. We should always wear safety glass with UV protection either on the road or while being engaged with risky work like sanding, wooden work and everything you explained. These will fit over prescription glasses, too! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful blog.


Monday 27th of March 2017

Thanks for the guide. I feel you should also have mentioned about the fashion aspect. I know one is looking to get the work done but I feel that you should also look good when woodworking.


Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Absolutely! The UV safety glasses I recommend also come in clear for indoor woodworking. They have a variety of fun frames to choose from!

Toni | Small Home Soul

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Yikes, I'm so glad you weren't seriously injured. Our vision is so precious.

Thanks for all the great tips! I'm in need of the ones that fit over my glasses. I was using the jigsaw and sanding yesterday and had dust in my eyes the entire time.


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

The Dewalt ones I recommended for sanding fit over glasses. I had to pick up a pair to go over mine while my eye was healing and I couldn't wear contact lenses.

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