Top 10 Woodworking Safety Tips

Woodworking is a popular hobby and the woodworking industry
employs thousands of workers across the country. Woodworkers use woodshop tools
that carry risks of woodworking injuries. A survey of amateur and
professional woodworkers conducted in New Mexico took a look at the history and
rates of woodshop tool related injuries. Sixty-four percent of all woodworking
injuries involved woodshop tools. The tool with the highest rate of injuries
associated with its use was the jointer-planer at 4.9 injuries per 1000
person-hours of use. Chisels and gouges accounted for 3.3 injuries per 1000
person-hours of use and drill presses for 3.1 injuries. Hammers and table saws
were also frequently associated with woodshop injuries. One third of the
reported injuries required professional medical care and five percent of
respondents experienced partial amputations.

Top 10 Woodworking
Safety Tips

Apart from taking a woodworking safety course, following
some basic
safety tips
can help you avoid a woodworking injury.

1. Wear Safety Glasses

You should put your safety glasses on when you enter the
woodshop and keep them on until you leave. Do not take a chance with your
eyesight!

2. Wear Appropriate Clothing

Avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangling jewelry as it
could become tangled in a saw blade or cutting head. Wear clothes that will
protect your body from flying wood chips.

3. Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

Hobby woodworkers should avoid using drugs and alcohol while
working on their project as they are using dangerous tools.

4. Disconnect Power before Blade Changes

Always disconnect the power from a power tool before
changing a bit or blade. Turning off the switch is not safe because it could
get bumped back on accidentally.

5. Less Extension Cords

Try using one extension cord for all 110-volt power tools in
the shop. This way you will be forced to switch the cord from tool to tool
before the tool can be used. This will also help awareness to disconnect the
power when making bit or blade changes.

6. Use Sharp Blades & Bits

Dull cutting tools are dangerous as the tool has to work
harder to cut and is more likely to kick-back or bind.

7. Check for Nails, Screws, or Other Metal before Cutting

Check the stock for metal pieces such as nails or screws and
remove them before cutting. If the cutting tool bumps into a piece of metal it
could damage the cutting head and the stock; worse, it could cause kick back
which is a common cause of injury. Using a metal detector is a great way to
check for metal.

8. Work Against the Cutter

Always ensure that the router bit or saw blade is cutting
against the motion of the wood and not in the same direction. The cutter should
cut into the stock, not with the stock.

9. Do Not Reach Over a Blade to Remove Cut-Offs

Never put your hands in front of or near a moving blade; be
particularly cautious when removing waste or cut-offs. Wait until the blade has
stopped moving before reaching in. If possible, use a piece of scrap or stick
to push the waste away from the blade. To be absolutely safe, a blade should be
unplugged before risking putting your hands close.

10. Avoid Distractions

When you work in a woodshop you are surrounded by
potentially dangerous tools so it is important to focus on your task and avoid
distractions such as conversation. If you are working with a power tool, finish
the cut to a safe conclusion before looking away.

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A rel=”nofollow” >survey of amateur and
professional woodworkers conducted in New Mexico took a look at the history and
rates of woodshop tool related injuries. Sixty-four percent of all woodworking
injuries involved woodshop tools. The tool with the highest rate of injuries
associated with its use was the jointer-planer at 4.9 injuries per 1000
person-hours of use.

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