can be a safe & enjoyable hobby/career; if these 10 basic safety rules are
followed & common sense applied.
Always use caution.
1. Always Wear
Safety Equipment The
most important rule is to wear appropriate safety equipment; hearing protection
(when using machinery), latex gloves (when staining/finishing & always,
always, always...wear safety glasses
Appropriate Clothing Avoid
loose-fitting clothing & remove jewelry such as necklaces and/or
Avoid Drugs & Alcohol Power
tools (of any kind), drugs & alcohol DO NOT MIX!!!
Disconnect Power Before Blade Changes Use
Lock-out/Tag-out, in the workplace or your own workshop.
5. Use Minimal Extension Cord(s)
extension cords can cause a tripping hazard.
Use Sharp Blades & Bits A
dull cutting tool is a dangerous tool. A dull saw blade is more likely to
kick-back or bind; + a sharp blade will give you a cleaner
Always Check for Nails, Screws & Other Metal Always
check the lumber/boards for any metal (nails, screws, staples, etc.) before
beginning. This can damage the
cutting blade & lumber/boards, or can cause the lumber/boards to kick back.
Always Work Against the Cutter A
router bit or saw blade should cut against the motion of the tool & not with
Never Reach Over a Blade to Remove Cut-Offs Never
put your hands anywhere near the moving blade, especially when attempting to
remove waste or cut-offs. When the blade stops moving then it is safe to clear
the obstruction/cut-off. We always use a push stick to push the wood through the
blade & clear the obstruction/cut-off.
Avoid Distractions When
you are distracted, always finish your action before dealing with it.
Note / Warning: Wood dust can cause different
allergic reactions, such as; eye, respiratory & skin irriations. Be
sure to take precautions when working with wood; always wear protective
equipment. Always use eye & ear protection,
respirators/dust mask & skin protection.
The relative hardness of wood
speices is measured using what is called a Janka Hardness Rating/Scale.
This test measures the force needed to embed a steel ball (.444" in diameter) to
half its diameter in the piece of wood being tested, with the rating measured in
pounds of force per square inch. So with this rating system, the higher
the number the harder the wood.