The Most Important Safety Tips On Woodworking Power Tools

Woodworking power tools need to be handled carefully otherwise they can lead to injury. Make Safety a habit, and you’ll be much less likely to encounter a problem. Here are the most important safety rules that all woodworkers should always follow.

1. Wear appropriate safety equipment: safety glasses, a face or dust mask if you are sanding, and hearing protection if you are operating tools for an extended period of time.

2. Clamp all workpieces securely whenever possible to keep both hands free to operate the tool.

3. Be aware of the position of the power cord at all times.

4. Make all adjustments to a tool with the tool unplugged.

5. Maintain and clean tools regularly. Keep all blades and bits sharp, clean, and undamaged. Check regularly for loose parts and frayed cords.

6. Never carry a connected tool with your finger on the trigger.

7. Tie back long hair and avoid wearing loose clothing. Remove rings and other jewelry that can catch accidentally in moving parts.

8. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.

9. Make sure that lighting and ventilation in the work area are adequate.

10. Do not use tools if the floor is damp or wet.

11. Keep your work area clean and tidy; clutter can lead to accidents. Keep pets, children, and onlookers away from the work area.

12. Concentrate on the job. Do not rush or take shortcuts. Never work if you are tired, stressed or have been drinking alcohol or using any medication that induces drowsiness.

Woodworking Power tools plugging in safety

Ensure that a power tool is rated electrically safe, checking its nameplate. A tool should be approved by the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or CSA (Canadian Standards Association). Also, make sure that the power tool is grounded or double-insulated.

A grounded tool has a three-prong plug and may be marked “grounding required”‘, a double insulated tool is marked “double insulated”. For a power tool or extension cord with a three-prong plug, use only a similar outlet: never bend or remove the third, or grounding, prong of a plug. Ensure that the outlet, usually on a 15- or 20- amp circuit, can provide sufficient current for the power tool. Check the amperage rating of the power tool on its nameplate; if it is rated at 1O or more amperes, turn off any high current-drawing appliances operating on the same electrical circuit.…

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