Woodworking is a fine art that takes years to master where the opportunities to create are endless. Whether you are constructing fine cabinets for a kitchen or carving out your grandma’s spirit animal for the mantle, the countless hours, the skill required and satisfaction received, all remain the same. This form of carpentry has been around for thousands of years and yet the demand for handcrafted items still hasn’t budged.
Whether you are a seasoned woodworker or just a beginner, you are always learning something new. But one tool that everyone should be equipped with before entering the workshop is the knowledge of woodworking safety tips. When there are moving parts and sharp edges such as table saws, band saws, miter saws and nail guns, it is vital to know and understand the tips laid out in this infographic. Protect yourself and protect your colleagues. Woodworking safety saves lives.
A lot of this might seem like common sense but you would be surprised at the number of accidents that still occur in the workshop. It could be as simple as a quick slip of the hand that changes your life forever, or even forgetting to put your goggles or mask on. These rules need to be incorporated every time to prevent serious or fatal incidents.
There shouldn’t be a fear, but rather a respect for the power tools. As mentioned in the infographic, you should take the time to learn all your tools so you feel comfortable instead of being afraid. You have to be confident in what you do to produce better work and be an even more efficient worker.
One of the most reported woodworking accidents is a kickback, which is caused by forgetting the guard on your table saw. The idea of respect comes into play here. Never think you don’t NEED a safety feature because yes you do, every single time. According to the Woodworkers Guild of America there was 79,000 table saw accidents in 2011 (https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-accident-statistics-woodworking-safety/)
Try not to be a statistic and always remember these important woodworking safety tips.