Safety should always be in the forefront of your mind when you are woodworking with power tools. You may make your living at woodworking or you may just be a beginner dabbling in a hobby, whatever may be the reason, everyone must be aware of the dangers and not become complacent with safety. Take note of these basic safety issues when using your woodworking power tools:
1. Wear proper clothing
In woodworking, you will often be working with spinning blades so always advisable to wear close-fitting clothes. Loose sleeves, jewelry and even hair can get dressed in the blades and cause severe injury to you and damage the equipment. Sawdust and splinters will be flying so safety goggles are a must to protect the eyes and you must also make sure you wear a mask to protect your lungs.
Power tools are often loud and, though you may not realize it, can cause damage to your hearing. Especially if you do a lot of frequent work, ear plugs help dim the sound and protect your sensitive ears.
2. Understand the manuals
If you've got a new piece of equipment, make sure you know how to use it before firing it up. Many home stores offer demonstrations and all power tools with instruction manuals. This is key to make sure the equipment is assembled correctly and all safety guides and parts are in place.
3. Be patient
Take careful measures and check them more than once before you make a cut. Always allow the equipment to come to a complete stop after you've made your cut, sanded the spot or made your hole. If the saw or drill resists, do not try to force it. There may be something wrong with the wood or the power tool that may create a dangerous situation.
4. Proper maintenance
First of all, always keep a clean work area. Debris can cause a lot of problems in the functioning of the power tools. It can also hinder your ability to properly operate the equipment. After you are finished for the day, vacuum off any dust and debris from the equipment and store them in their proper cases. This helps keep the blades and bits sharp and in good working order.
5. Be aware of surrounds
Always know who is in the room. It is best to keep small children out of your workshop completely. While you are working, it is impossible to watch what little hands are doing and you definitely can not hear them. If you are distracted, you might make the wrong cut. Distraction can cause you to injure yourself or others.
Even if you are an advanced woodworker and you know the equipment like the back of your hand, complacency can cause you to forget about the most basic safety measures. Saw, drills and sanders are powerful pieces of equipment and can cause injury without discrimination.
Source by Andrew Stratton