Woodworking Safety

Below are a few practices to follow when working with woodworking tools.

§ Safety Manuals
It is always a good idea when using a tool for the first time to read the manual especially for the safety features and proper use.

§ Table Saw
(As it is one of the most dangerous woodworking tools to use, safety practices are essential . . .) to insure a positive outcome with your projects. Improper uses and shortcuts cause most reports of accidents in the workshop. Correct safety and common sense will result in a safe and positive outcome.

§ Safety Gear
Always use proper safety equipment when using power tools as it will prevent a lot of common accidents such as injured fingers or eyes. Anytime you use tools in your workshop use either eye or hearing protection or both and proper equipment guards especially saws. (proper equipment guards, especially for saws) It is also important to make sure you do not have any hanging necklaces, loose clothing, or ties that can become tangled in machinery.

§ Clean Workspace
Loose objects such as screws, nails, etc. should be put away after each project. Also make sure sawdust or any other objects are off the floor as is cause a slip hazard. (Loose objects) (as it causes a slip hazard).

§ Check Safety Features
(Before you use any shop tool that it is properly ready as far as safety features, such as guards, covers,) and the cord in good condition, and correct electrical connections.

§ Do Not Free Cut
Never try to do a free cut with a saw without using the proper gauge or fence to guide the wood.

§ Check The Wood Before You Start
Make sure there are no hidden screws, nails, etc. that could cause an injury when you cut it. This is especially important when using recycled wood such as pallets.

§ Disconnect Before Servicing
Always disconnect the power for any tool before changing items such as blades in case for some reason the unit starts.

§ Avoid Distractions
Avoid distractions when using power tools (such as radios, televisions, etc., and when talking to someone always shut off the equipment to avoid accidents)

§ Moisture and Electricity
Make sure there is no moisture on the floor near electrical equipment and that they are properly grounded.

§ Hold Wood Correctly
Keep your hands and fingers away from blades and use a push stick to move the stock into the cutting area whenever possible.

§ When Not in Use Shut It Down
Do not leave a machine while it is still running. Shut off the power and wait until it stops

§ Keep Tools Ready
(Maintain all machines, equipment, and tools by cleaning, oiling, sharpening, and making sure everything is properly repaired if necessary).

§ Keep Wood Dry
Keep wood in a safe and dry place and it should never be stored near equipment or working areas.

§ Be Alert
Do Not use drugs, alcohol, or medication that would hinder vision or judgment in a woodshop.


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