Safety in Woodworking – Few Vital Tips
Woodworking like all other activities involves regular and intensive usage of tools. These tools could cut, drill or scrape something else instead of wood if caution is not practiced. So to make a woodworking task an enjoyable task one has to proactively practice common safety precautions which will ensure that nothing will happen to your digit or maybe even to your hand or arm.
Below are the some of the tips for exercising safety during woodworking.
Don’t Drink & Drill
Woodworking and alcohol don’t go hand in hand. Like driving woodworking is also a risky job that involves most powerful tools with blades, teeth, drill bits, and other sharp devices and hence demands undivided attention. When handling potentially hazardous equipment, one needs focus which will be taken away by alcohol by diminishing your senses.
See it as an Art
Woodworking is an art; any artistic woodwork is the resultant of the artist’s imagination. One must have that skill to bring out the imagination. Dream it and then do it. One should bear in mind while handling a job involving wood pieces that any action is irreversible. For example, while working if by mistake a finger is cut from a wooden sculpture, then nothing much can be done to that which has been severed. The art gets perfect by reducing the mistakes that are called experience. Hence, focus and imagine before you take any step. This will lower the probability of any risk (possible accident) as your mind will be thinking of the procedure and have determined it as safe.
Stop When in Doubt
At the first sign of doubt or uncertainty, stop! Do not attempt to cut or drill holes or shave wood. When in doubt don’t proceed. Instead of moving aggressively and facing several “oops” moments followed by the expletives and other non-printable, it is always safe to be on the side.
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Wear Right Clothes
Wear what is right. While entering woodworking seek a caution as you will be entering a potentially dangerous area. Even with precautions accident may, and do happen. As a caution, you need to wear protective clothing, Goggles, leather shoes, aprons, gloves, ear protectors etc.
Let Your Tool Rest
Once the work is done, the woodworking tools should be given time to rest and machines have to be turned off. Machines will become hot and tools may get damaged if they are continuously used. No matter how much of a beating your tools are touted to withstand with the fact in mind that like people steel also gets tired and stresses too, it is always recommended to provide some time to rest.
Let Your Workshop Breathe
Maintain proper ventilation in your workshop. If your workshop has windows, keep them open. If there are no windows, then install an exhaust system to let out those dangerous and flammable fumes coming from such chemicals as paint, thinner, varnish, etc.
By following some really simple safety rules, you will be able to enjoy the experience of woodworking and, at the same time, avoid any possible accidents that might inevitably occur in the course of your activity. All the tips mentioned above can actually be summarized in one statement on safety: Use your common sense.