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Ten Woodworking Safety Tips

Woodworking can be a relaxing and profitable hobby but on the other hand it can be dangerous if precautions are not taken. Here are ten commonly made mistakes in woodworking.

Tip number one: Always use the proper tool for the proper job remember safety is always an issue using the wrong tool can cause injuries. Using a tool for what it is designed for is very practical. Never use even the best saw bench to try to cut a circle use something else that is designed for that purpose. Perhaps a jig saw, or one of the many other tools that are now on the market.

Tip number two: Never remove guards or other safety features on ones saws. These are put there for the user’s protection. They protect the hands or face from flying debris.

Tip number: Forcing the power equipment is not a good ideal as it can kick back on the person using the equipment and cause serious injury a cut or other injury. Be sure to not get the equipment in a bind.

Tip number four: Never cut through what is called a knot in the wood with a power saw or regular hand saw these are extremely hard and can dull the blade of the saw or burn up a power saw. These are usually dark spots in the wood in kind of a circular or oval shape.

Tip number five: Always wear safety goggles and a dust mask when wood working as well as proper clothes. Try to have a shirt to put on with long sleeves for cutting or sanding when practical.

Tip number six: Fire safety keep a fire extinguisher close when wood working. Always discard debris in a metal trash can. Friction can make a fire so always be fire conscious.

Tip number seven: Check for foreign objects such as screws or nails when cutting or handling scarp pieces of wood these can become flying projectiles, dull the blade or simply cut the person handling the wood.

Tip number eight: Pay attention, this is one of the most important things to do when woodworking and cannot be stressed enough. Always be aware of ones surroundings and what one is doing at the time.

Tip number nine: Be alert never operate power equipment when you are tired or have had something to drink, like an alcoholic beverage. Always work with a clear head.

Tip number ten: Always make sure tools are unplugged when not in use. This is a good rule to follow as it is not only for your safety but the safety of others especially children.

Following these simple rules can make woodworking fun and relaxing.