5 Woodwork Safety Tips

safety in the workshopWhether you’re involved in woodworking as a hobby, or as a profession it is important to read through the following tips to ensure you remain safe in the workshop at all times. This is especially important if you ever find yourself doing projects with kids around.

They should always be supervised, and only be allowed to use tools with your assistance. While there are many different tips that relate to woodworking safety, here are some of the top 5 to keep in mind.

Safety Tip # 1  – Safety Attire 

Always wear safety protection. This means you should always be wearing safety goggles, and gloves when appropriate. In addition, part of being safe is wearing the right clothing. This means don’t wear loose clothing, tuck your shirts in, roll up any long sleeves, and make sure there is nothing that could be caught up in tools or equipment.

In addition, make sure the clothes you are wearing aren’t blocking your view of the tools you are using either, because this could be a disaster.

Safety Tip # 2  – Familiarise Yourself with the Woodworking Tools

Just as important as rule one is making sure you are familiar with your equipment, and always inspect your tools before you use them. Many people get hurt or seriously injured because they weren’t familiar with power tools like circular saws and drills, just to name a few.

It is important to look over all you tools before use. Check to make sure your hand tools are in good operating condition, that the handles are not worn or loose, for example.

Your power tools are even more important, so inspect the cords thoroughly, checking for frayed or broken cords, and that plug ends are tight. You could get a horrible shock if these aren’t checked regularly.

These days many people use rechargeable battery powered tools, and while these are not as dangerous, per say, you still have to make sure the batteries are connected properly, and they are in good condition. The chargers should also be in good condition.

Safety Tip # 3  – Check Tools for Sharpness

A sharp tool is a safe tool so always make sure that your blades are sharp, otherwise saw blades may throw off splinters, drill bits may fail, and even hand tools need to be sharp. Take the time to inspect and sharpen your tools, and replace blades regularly. This way you are sure that your woodworking projects will always go smoothly.

Safety Tip # 4 – Inspect the Wood

Just as it is important that your tools are sharp, so too should you inspect your wood pieces before you start measuring and cutting. If you are using recycled wood, make sure there are no nails or staples in the wood.

Even if you are using brand new pieces, inspect for knots and other imperfections, and make sure you’re not measuring your cuts over these imperfections. You don’t want your saw blades to jump, or have jagged edges that can hurt or severely injure.  

Safety Tip # 5  – Keep a Tidy Workspace

In addition to the above rules, it is also important that you keep your work area clear. Make sure that your worktable is clear of clutter and debris, and don’t leave unused tools laying around. Clean as you go, and make sure that you move finished pieces away from the work area.

While these are not the only safety rules that apply to woodworking safety, they are perhaps the most important, and ones that will prevent the most injuries. If you are smart about safety, and take your time when doing your woodworking projects, you will stay safe.

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