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:
- Wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, earplugs, and a dust mask.
- Keep the work area clean and well-lit.
- Use push sticks, featherboards, and other aids to keep your hands a safe distance from the blade or bit.
- Use guards and other safety devices on power tools as instructed in the owner’s manual.
- Unplug power tools when changing blades, bits, or making adjustments.
- Keep tools and equipment in good working order, and replace or repair damaged items promptly.
- Use a clamp or vise to hold the workpiece securely while you are cutting or shaping it.
- 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.
- Follow all safety instructions and warnings provided by the manufacturer of the tools and equipment you are using.
- 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.