Are you interested in woodworking but concerned about safety? The good news is that following a few basic guidelines will help you stay safe in the workshop. I’ll give you a new way of thinking about woodworking safety and some practical steps to help you have an injury-free, rewarding experience making things out of wood.
I want to say upfront that this is by no means a comprehensive guide. Do everything you can to educate yourself about safe practices, including following instructions for the safe use of tools and machines. Anything involving sharp blades, powerful machines and spinning cutters is inherently dangerous, but safety in the workshop can be remarkably easy to accomplish.
1. THINK OF WOODWORKING LIKE DRIVING A CAR
Driving is inherently dangerous, but if you pay attention to what you’re doing, follow the rules of the road, use available safety features and maintain your car, your chances of being involved in an accident are drastically reduced. Now let’s apply the same logic to woodworking safety.