08 Jan Simple Safety Tips We Always Follow
Of course we know the “always wear proper clothing and safety equipment” spiel, but we’re going to cut a little deeper into the basic rules we always follow. Remember: woodworking projects are never something to do in a rush, and shouldn’t be done with the “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Follow these simple tips to ensure the most efficient and enjoyable experience as possible!
The machine doesn’t have a brain, but you do.
Use common sense. I know I just said we’re going to skip the classic spiel, but it’s important to note that if it feels wrong… it probably is. For example, never use any machinery while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any new medication that could inhibit your normal ability. This tip can also be applied to a new cut – just like a TV show, you can (and should) rehearse the cut before spinning steel.
Examine your tools before each use.
Just because you were the last to use it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s still suitable for safe us. Blades can become dull and/or clogged with sawdust from its last performance, which increases the likelihood of injury to both you and the piece you’re working on.
Stand to the side.
This one is super important – never, ever, ever stand directly in line of the blade! Should the board slip, it’s coming straight for your gut… yikes. The same goes for your pushing hand; no matter the tool, do not put in line with the cutting motion!
Repeat after me: unplug!
It is vital to unplug any tools that are not in use for two primary reasons: 1) It prevents workers or visitors from tripping, and 2) It also prevents from accidentally turning on any tools.
Pushing is your friend.
Not physically, of course. However, using pushsticks and ensuring each work station is supplied with one can help keep pieces in place while keeping you out of harm’s way. Pushsticks are an easy tool to utilize, and are pretty inexpensive, or you could even make your own.
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