safety begins with a healthy respect for your woodworking
machines. A favorite tool might seem like an old friend,
but donít let familiarity breed carelessness. Keep your
distance from whirling blades and dress protectively. Wear
close fitting clothes and roll your sleeves so they wonít
get caught in the machinery.
Decide which safety equipment you need to wear. Whenever
there is danger of flying wood chips, wear a Face
Shield or Safety
Goggles. These eye protectors shouldnít be uncomfortable.
Make sure they fit snugly, but not too tight, and that they
donít obscure your vision. Keep ventilation holes open so
they wonít fog up while your working.
If youíre sanding, spray painting, or filling the air with
lots of fine particles, wear a Dust
Mask. Fine sawdust can accumulate in your lungs
and itís potentially harmful. The sawdust from some exotic
hardwoods can be toxic. Become thoroughly familiar with
the hazards of your materials and make sure the filter in
your mask is fine enough to screen out the dust.
When you work continually around power equipment, Hearing
Protectors can be just as important as eye protectors.
High frequencies generated by high-speed electric motors
will impair your hearing. You canít see the danger like
dust or flying chips, but itís there just the same. The
effects of high-frequencies are cumulative; each prolonged
exposure will affect your hearing microscopically. Over
the years, youíll begin to notice the loss. A good set of
hearing protectors will prevent this by screening out the
high frequencies, but still allow you to carry on normal
Stop working when youíre tired and always know where
your hands are in relation to cutting blades. Use proper
protective toolsÖespecially when cutting or shaping wood.
Push blocks, push sticks and other components of our Safety
Kit will enable you to keep your hands away from
Remember to remove all jewelry, ties and loose clothing.
Tie up any long, flowing hair. Keep your work area clean
of sawdust and chips. Keep your machine tables free of nails
and hand tools. Discuss safety issues with anyone who will
be working or watching in your shop. Keep a Class C fire
extinguisher handy at all times. Plan your work, and work
your plan. If you need assistance, get help before you turn
on your machines. Keep your tools sharp and clean. Use
all recommended safety equipment machine guards, cut-out
switches, electrical grounds, and so on.
Be safe and enjoy woodworking, the unselfish hobby!