Some basic, common sense, guidelines for workshop safety:
Woodworking can be dangerous. I don't know how many people have come up to me in shows and waved a 3 or 4 fingered hand while telling me their story.
Usually it involved working when tired and not paying proper attention. Sometimes the accident was caused by using the wrong tool for the job, or simply not understanding how the tool worked.
In fact, my closest call took place at the end of the day when I was tired. I didn't notice a sliver of wood by the fence of my chop saw, so when I put a piece of wood against the fence it didn't sit tight.
When I cut the piece the force of the saw knocked out that little chip and pulled the workpiece into the fence bringing my hand with it. The blade guard saved my finger. Simple accident from not being alert. I drew blood, but could easily have lost the finger.
It's hard to pay attention after so many hours in the shop and easy for accidents to happen, so the best thing I can say is to pay attention to how you are doing and quite before you do something you will regret.
My goal is to retire with the same number of digits that I started with. I hope you do too.
Below are the very basics for safe woodworkng. This list is not complete nor is it an attempt for it to be. These are common sense, general rules only.
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Must do rules for woodworking safety:
* know your tools
* don't work when tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescriptions)
* always wear eye and ear protection as well as a dust mask
* tie back long hair
* don't wear loose clothing or jewelry
* Most important is to be aware of what you are doing.
If I find myself distracted or tired I put the tools down, then and there.
It's sometimes hard for me to do, especially if I have a deadline. But then, a trip to the ER would take way too much time.
Besides I can always organize dowels or empty the dust collector.
Please be safe.
That's it. End of nag.
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