Whether woodworking is a hobby or a business for you, taking safety precautions is crucial to ensure you can enjoy it for years to come. At Swirl Woodcraft, safety is a top priority, and we make sure every employee is trained in proper working habits and conditions. This is a benefit to both employee and client. When woodworkers have a safe space to create their art, it provides a more positive and productive environment overall. Here are some tips for making sure you’re safe while woodworking:
Wear Proper Safety Equipment – This is usually common practice, but it’s easy to get lazy. Woodworkers should always wear safety glasses, but also consider ear protection when using loud power tools and gloves when applying finishes.
Be Careful with Extension Cords – Multiple extension cords can get confusing, and you may not unplug the right tool at the right time. Too many cords can also be a tripping hazard in the shop. Instead, opt for one or two quality extension cords that are in purposeful locations.
Clothing Matters – When you’re in the shop, wearing loose clothes or jewelry can be dangerous because they can get caught in blades or cutting heads. Rather, choose form-fitting clothes and consider items that can also protect you, such as quality aprons and closed-toe shoes.
Blades and Bits Need to Be Sharp – Dull tools are tough to work with, but they’re also dangerous. They need to work harder to cut, which can cause the tool to bind or kick back. Keep blades and bits sharp and clean.
Don’t Work While Under the Influence – From medication to alcohol, avoid working while intoxicated or heavily medicated. Some mistakes can’t be taken back and if you’re brain is fuzzy, it’s more likely you’ll make a serious error. Even if you’re just exhausted, avoid working until you’re clear headed again.
Stay Away from Spinning Blades – Never reach over a running blade. Always wait for it to completely stop before getting close. To be extra safe, consider using a push stick to clear waste.
Disconnect Power When Not In Use – If you’re done using a tool, disconnect the power source to avoid a possible malfunction or accidentally turning it on when you’re not ready. If you’re changing blades or bits on tools, always unplug it first.
Check Products for Issues – Before cutting, make sure the piece of stock doesn’t have debris or metal pieces, such as screws or nails, lodged in it. You can use a personal, hand-held metal detector to ensure you are cutting clean stock which will help avoid injury as well as damage to your machine.
Limit Distractions in the Shop – It’s easy to get busy and rushed and lose focus when trying to complete a task. But take everything one step at a time and keep your focus clear, especially when using cutting tools and machinery.
Our exceptional products are made possible through detailed and safe practices. Because we love what we do, it’s important to ensure we’re always safe so we can provide the best service to our customers.