your face and eyes with a face shield.
your respiratory system and ventilate your work space with a
proper dust collection system.
all moldy (Splated) wood and shavings immediately.
your skin from toxic materials and possible allergies to some
sober, never under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have to use brute force to make the wood do what you
want, your tools and methods are wrong.
If you grasp the tools with an iron grip, you'll quickly fatigue
yourself; and, in the long run, it's dangerous*.
Keep the tool rest as close to the work as possible, tools firm
to the rest and always remove the tool rest when sanding and
long sleeves rolled up above your elbows.
let apron strings fly in the way of the turning stock. Tie back
long hair, and keep safety glasses or a full-face shield over
on the lathe can turn into a dust storm and dust can be dangerous.
Open a window, use a dust collection system, and wear a mask.
you feet a favor: get a resilient pad on which to stand. A rubber
anti-fatigue mat (Part #721049) prevents slipping too by trapping
sawdust between the grooves of its non-slip surface.
prolonged lower back strain. Take a breather when you feel tension
growing in your back muscles. To relieve strain, try squatting
with your knees bent and your back straight against a wall.
One orthopedic surgeon claims that Americans would suffer fewer
back problems in general if they made this a daily practice.