Resources for Beginner Woodworkers: Power Tool Safety

power tool safetyAs a beginner woodworker, you may be eager to get started using an array of power tools to further your creative woodworking abilities. While learning to use power tools is certainly an exciting endeavor, it is also important to remember that using power tools is a serious responsibility. Even small accidents can result in serious injury to yourself or someone else. Since different tools pose different risks, reading the operator’s manual for each tool and adhering to safety precautions outlined there is critical to safe operation. Keep in mind the following safety tips for using any power tool:

  • Use the right tool for the job. Make sure the tool you use is capable of performing the task at hand, and do not force the tool beyond its capabilities.
  • Keep power tools plugged in only when in use. When you are done using a tool, even for a short break, unplugging the tool prevents it from activating inadvertently. Ensure that the tool is unplugged or the battery is removed any time you are changing out blades or accessories.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear. Eye protection is a must in any workshop environment with power tools. Depending on the tool in use, you may also need ear plugs, gloves, a dust mask, safety shoes and/or head protection. Refer to each tool’s operator’s manual for information on the safety gear required for use of the tool.
  • Wear well fitted clothing and remove all jewelry before operating power tools. Any loose items on your body present an easily avoidable hazard.
  • Only operate power tools when you are alert. Never operate power tools if you are fatigued or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications (prescription or nonprescription).
  • Ensure that your work area is well lit. Good visibility is critical to safety in a workshop environment.
  • Maintain your work area. Keeping your work area in working order means eliminating clutter, unsecured extension cords and unused tools. Any items idling around the work area create unnecessary potential hazards.
  • Adhere to any maintenance requirements provided in each tool’s manual to promote optimal and safest performance.
  • Do not use any tool that has been modified physically or electrically from its original intended use. Also, avoid using accessories or parts that are not designed for the tool.

Keep in mind the specific safety precautions that are required for each type of power tool you use. Be sure to read and adhere to all safety warnings included in the operator’s manual for each tool.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., provider of the best hardwood dowel on the market. Good Wood, Inc. offers round wood balls, wood knobs, wood dowels, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts and more. Please visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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