Woodworking is a fun and satisfying hobby that can be very relaxing. That self accomplishment when finishing a project is quite rewarding. Here are a few tips to help your woodworker plans stay on the safe side of things.
-First and foremost, always follow all safety instructions on the tools you are using and follow the safety precautions on the woodworker plans you are following.
-War proper safety equipment, eye protection, hearing protection. As far as gloves, it is a good idea to wear them to prevent splinters BUT do NOT wear them while operating rotating blades and machinery that they may catch on. This is also true for loose clothing.
-Wear a dust mask if required. If indoors such as a garage or room this is a great idea!
-Never reach over a blade. You may start feeling comfortable and begin to take a short cut to wipe those burrs off the freshly cut wood, BUT if that blade is still turning and you happen to touch it, that burr will be last thing on your mind … just wait a couple seconds until the blade stops.
-Never leave a power tool on unattended.
-Do not try to adjust a power tool while it is on. It is good practice to actually unplug the tool if at all possible.
-When plugging a tool in, always check to make sure it is in the "off" position.
-Try and keep a clean area to work in. It is a good idea to clean as you go. This will help keep your area be more safe as dust can be quite slippery at times. It also makes it easier to find those little things like nails, screws, and drill bits that you may happen to drop.
-Keep your mind on the job at hand and do not get distracted. You should be focused on the task and following your woodworking plans.
-It is best to only use sharp cutting tools to make clean cuts. For example, if a dull skill saw blade is used, it would actually end up looking a little burnt.
-Make sure you have good lighting in the area you are working in because measurements are important and cutting on the exact lines and reading measuring devices are very important as well.
-Try not to stand directly behind the cutting area. It's better to stand off to one side. Sometimes the blade will catch and cause what is called a kickback, when the whole piece of wood is thrown from the tool. If you are on the side, you are safe from this. If, however, you are directly behind it, this can cause serious injury.
Source by Scott Mckinzie