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A Complete Guide to Woodworking Safety

A Complete Guide to Woodworking Safety

Woodworking is a popular hobby and profession, but it can be dangerous if the proper safety precautions aren't taken. Here are some woodworking safety tips to help you stay safe while woodworking:

- Wear appropriate clothing: Loose fitting clothes can get caught in machinery, so make sure to wear clothes that fit snuggly and won’t get caught.

- Wear protective gear: Eye and ear protection are a must, and you may also want to consider wearing a dust mask to avoid inhaling wood dust.

- Be aware of your surroundings: Keep an eye out for loose boards or nails, and be careful when using power tools.

- Follow the proper procedures: When using power tools, always read the manufacturer's instructions and be sure to use the correct tool for the job.

Woodworking can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it's important to stay safe while you're working. By following these tips, you can help reduce the risk of injury while woodworking.

Clothing & Gloves for Woodworking Safety

Should I wear gloves when I'm woodworking?

Woodworking is a great hobby. It's been around for centuries, and it's popular today more than ever before. That doesn't mean that you should do woodworking without wearing gloves! You just need to make sure that they are the right kind. You need to have gloves that are tight fitting, but give you dexterity to be safe. Some operations will require you to take them off.

Most people don't realize this, but there are tons of different types of gloves out there for woodworkers like you to choose from. You can find gloves made out of all sorts of materials, like nitrile, cowhide, and high-performance polyethylene. All of these gloves will provide you with the protection you need from abrasions and punctures while you're working. And best of all, they won't sacrifice your ability to do precise work. So next time you're in the workshop, make sure you're wearing gloves!

When it comes to woodworking safety, one of the most important things you can do is to wear woodworking gloves. This will protect your hands from a variety of dangers, including abrasions and punctures.

A woodworker with woodworking gloves that are too big and do not fit properly.
We don't recommend gloves like these. They are way too big! They can get in the way and cause you more harm than good.

There are many different types of gloves available for purchase, so take some time to find the pair that best suits your needs. Like cut resistant gloves, they are great for carving. You should also make sure that the gloves you choose allow you to maintain a high level of precision while working. Wearing gloves is an essential part of keeping yourself safe while woodworking, so don't forget to put them on next time you're in the workshop!

Clothing Choices for Safety

If there was a question in your mind about whether you should wear clothing or not when you're doing woodworking, the answer is YES, you should!

Not just any clothing. You need comfortable clothing that fits well and doesn't have loose pieces. Leave the tie and scarves in the house, woodworking is not a formal affair.

Watch the jewelry, it's pretty easy to get a piece that you thought was safe caught somewhere. We just recommend leaving it in the house. After all, you don't want to risk your life over a dangling necklace that came untucked from your shirt.

Shoes are another issue. Some people are going to recommend steel toe boots. If you feel the safest wearing them, go for it. I've done woodworking for a little over 40 years and never had a pair. Yes, there is a chance you could drop a cabinet on your toe. I just like the comfort of shoes that I can move it with ease.

Safety Glasses & Ear Protection

A woodworker practicing woodworking safety with woodworking safety glasses, ear protection and a dust mask while sanding.
Woodworking Safety glasses along with ear protection and a dust mask are a great combination for sanding!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, woodworking is one of the most dangerous hobbies out there. That’s because sawdust and other debris can easily get in your eyes, and power tools can cause serious injuries if you’re not careful.

So, if you’re going to be doing any woodworking, make sure you wear a pair of woodworking safety glasses to protect your eyes. And, if you’re using power tools, also be sure to wear ear protection to safeguard your hearing.

With the right safety gear, you can enjoy woodworking without putting yourself at risk. And who knows – you may even start to see some of your projects come to life!

Dust Masks for Woodworking Safety

Many people don't wear a dust mask while they are doing woodworking because they believe that the amount of dust created is minimal.

However, it is important to wear a dust mask to protect yourself from the harmful particles that can be breathed in.

Even small amounts of dust can be dangerous if you're not wearing a mask.

The choice is yours! If you are doing a lot of sanding or there is a lot of dust in the air, mask up and save your lungs. Small tasks like hand finishing with an acrylic finish or doing some hand chisel or carving work don't create dust, just shavings.

Spray finishing definitely calls for a mask. Be smart, be sensible and protect the most valuable thing you have, yourself!

Woodworking Tool Safety

Every tool has its own guidelines on how to use it. Familiarize yourself with your tools and know how to properly use them.

On most machines you can use the 3" Rule. Always keep your fingers 3" from the cutting blade. If you need to be closer than that, you need a push stick, a jig or fixture for safety. A safety kit for your saw is a must have.

The scroll saw is an exception to the 3" rule. With the scroll saw you want to use your hands to push down against the table and toward the blade while pivoting and turning. It is also the only saw that I take the safety off. With the safety on, it will easily pinch your fingers.

A woodworker using a saw and cutting his finger because he is too close to the saw blade.
The 3" safety rule is so important. Follow it with every cut you make. THINK before its too late!

Use your safety guards! If the saw comes with one, use it! Safety guards can keep you safe when you make a slip.

Be aware of your workpiece. Make sure it is secured before you start cutting. A piece that is not properly secured can slip, kick back or break, causing serious injury.

Keep your tools sharp and clean. Dull blades and bits cause more accidents than anything else in the shop. When a blade or bit is dull it can cause the tool to bind and then kick back.

A woodworker using a saw and pushing the wood with a push stick.
Using a push stick to rip small pieces of lumber.

Be aware of your environment. Make sure there is nothing in the way that could get caught up in the blade or bit. Also, make sure you have good lighting so you can see what you're doing.

Pay attention to what you're doing. Distractions can lead to accidents.

If you follow these simple safety tips, you can enjoy woodworking without putting yourself at risk.

A woodworker practicing woodworking safety at a table saw with woodworking gloves, woodworking safety glasses and properly fitted clothing.
This woodworker is paying attention to his saw. Safety glasses are on and he is wearing excellent fitting gloves. The shop is clean and easy to work in. These are the things we strive for in safety.

Safety in Your Woodworking Shop

Most of us can only dream of having the perfect shop with a tremendous amount of space. No matter how big or small your shop is, following a few woodworking safety tips for your shop will keep you safe.

  1. The less extension cords the better. They can be a trip hazard and you can overload them.
  2. Disconnect the power to any of your equipment before you change the blades or router bits.
  3. Make sure that your shop is relatively clean, that there's not a lot of dust on the floor that you can slip on.
  4. DeClutter your shop. The more stuff that's in the way, the more often you will have to move it or it will get in the way.
  5. Sometimes those pieces of plywood are big, get some help when you can't handle things by yourself.
  6. Don't horse around. You may be just having fun, but a wrong move could be a finger or toe.
A young woodworker with safety equipment and a saw.
This young woodworker has his safety equipment on and he is ready to saw. We just want to make sure he can handle the circular saw. Does he really need that blade adjusted that deep?

We hope that this blog post has provided you with some helpful tips and tricks for keeping yourself safe in your shop. Whether you have a small workspace or an industrial-sized one, these guidelines will help keep you safe when working with your tools. Thanks for reading and be safe out there!

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Mar 26, 2022 Cherry Tree Toys

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