Safety Tips For Woodworkers

Woodworking is a lot of fun, however before you get started there are a few things you should know before you begin your first project. There are a number of safety tips which can not only help you to get more out of your woodworking experience but will also help you to stay well protected from any harm. 

Workshops are definitely not the right place to be careless. You need to be aware of the safety rules before you get started as one slip of a saw and you could seriously injure yourself. Here are some top tips to make sure you don’t get hurt when you begin your first set of shelves!


Wear The Right Safety Equipment
It might sound like common sense, however a lot of people often overlook the need for safety equipment and end up getting hurt. If you’re using a loud power tool such as a surface planer or router, you’re going to need some ear defenders to protect your ears from harm. You should also remember to always have a pair of latex gloves to hand before you apply any finishes. Safety goggles or glasses are also absolutely essential to protect your eyes from flying pieces of wood. Dust masks and respirators are also very important to help protect your lungs from harmful dust. There are lots of excellent ones featured on

Dress Sensibly
Don’t wear clothing which is loose or baggy when you’re woodworking. If you do, they could easily get caught in a saw blade or cutting head. It’s always wise to wear close fitting clothing when woodworking and never wear any dangling metal or jewelry like bracelets or chains.

Don’t Drink Or Use Medication Before Woodworking
Think about woodworking like driving a car. Never drink alcohol or use drugs before you start a project. If you aren’t fully aware when you’re working with tools you could injure yourself badly. Be aware of prescription drugs too – even some cough medicines can cause drowsiness.

Remember To Disconnect The Power
If you’re changing bits or blades of your power tools, remember to switch off the power before you do so. You don’t want to run the risk of injuring yourself should the tool accidentally be activated while you’re changing the blade.

Extension Cords
Extension cords can be a danger, so try to stick to using just a single heavy duty extension cord to power all your tools. This will make it easier to remember to turn it off before you change a blade and at the end of the day, and will help to protect you from any kind of tripping hazard.

Never Use A Blunt Blade
Dull cutting tools are very dangerous. They have to work a lot harder in order to cut and this could cause kick backs and binding. Make sure that your bits and blades are properly sharpened before you start work. Your results will be better too.

Check For Nails
Before you ever cut into a piece of wood, ensure that there are no screws or nails in it. A spinning blade could easily damage the cutting head if it makes contact with a piece of metal and, worse, you could be injured too by kick back.

Work Against Your Cutter
The majority of power tools are constructed to require the wood to move through the tool in the opposing direction to the movement of the cutting head. This means you need to take care to ensure the router bit or blade is cutting against the wood’s motion rather than with it.

Don’t Reach Over Spinning Blades
You should always make sure that any spinning blade is completely still before you reach over it to remove cut offs or waste. You could even use a piece of scrap word or a push stick to remove waste to be extra careful, as any malfunction to the power tool’s switch could cause you a serious injury.

Avoid Distractions
No matter how distracting something may be, you need to take care to finish the task in hand and the cut you’re working on before you attend to something different. Don’t take your attention off a running power tool.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be very safe when you tackle your next woodworking project.


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