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Staying Safe While Working in the Woodshop: 10 Best Practices for Woodworking

Whether you are just starting out or have been woodworking for a long time, safety is always a top priority. It is always important to not get complacent or careless when working with power tools. Here are 10 best practices for staying safe when working in a woodshop:

  1. Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, earplugs, and a dust mask.
  2. Keep the work area clean and well-lit.
  3. Use push sticks, featherboards, and other aids to keep your hands a safe distance from the blade or bit.
  4. Use guards and other safety devices on power tools as instructed in the owner’s manual.
  5. Unplug power tools when changing blades, bits, or making adjustments.
  6. Keep tools and equipment in good working order, and replace or repair damaged items promptly.
  7. Use a clamp or vise to hold the workpiece securely while you are cutting or shaping it.
  8. Be alert and pay attention to what you are doing. Avoid distractions such as listening to music or talking on the phone while operating power tools.
  9. Follow all safety instructions and warnings provided by the manufacturer of the tools and equipment you are using.
  10. If you are not familiar with a particular tool or technique, seek guidance from an experienced woodworker or refer to instructional materials before proceeding.

I hope you stay safe while you enjoy the rewarding art of woodworking. Leave a comment below if you have other helpful tips.

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