You’re a woodworker. You cut and shape wood into beautiful pieces of art. Your process involves operating machinery like moulders, planers, jointers, band saws, and more. In fact, most of your woodworking is completed with some kind of machine. It’s simply easier and faster, as well as more precise and efficient. With all of this being said, when’s the last time you considered your safety during your woodworking process? In this post, Ambi-Tech wants to share seven ways for woodworkers like you to be as safe as possible while doing what you love.
Seven Woodworking Safety Tips
As a tradesperson, you’re accustomed to hard work. It’s your calling card. A hard day’s work is what makes you feel proud and accomplished. At Ambi-Tech, we agree wholeheartedly with you. However, we want you to remain safe, too. Here are seven woodworking safety tips:
Tip #1 – Wear Proper Safety Equipment
Safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots are all great pieces of attire to wear while operating your machinery. In most cases, a heavy duty apron is a great choice, too.
Tip #2 – Avoid Utilizing Tools or Gadgets That Impair Reaction Time or Judgement
It’s common in woodworking to use various tools with machines to enhance efficiency. Make sure that these tools are not jeopardizing your ability to react timely or judge depth. Your safety is priority number one.
Tip #3 – Disconnect Power During Maintenance
Whether you’re switching out blades or maintaining your machines, unplug them. Disconnect all power so that there is zero chance for a power-related accident.
Tip #4 – Organize Your Extension Cords
In fact, use only one per collection of machines. If you can get your machine use down to one extension cord, do it. The fewer machines plugged in the less chance you have of an accidental injury or operating error.
Tip #5 – Always Use Sharp Blades And Bits
Using a dull blade or bit only increases your chances for shoddy work and an accident. Dull blades cut through your wood less effectively, which can catch, jump, or skip the wood, leaving you potentially vulnerable to injury.
Tip #6 – Always Check Wood For Existing Metal
Your blades may be tough enough to cut through metal, but avoid any existing metal to make your blades last longer, as well as keep you safe from metal shooting out of the wood if it catches the blade or bit just right.
Tip #7 – Never Reach Across A Running Blade
If you need to remove or grab something on the other side of a running blade, turn it off first. Do not reach across or over it.
Tip #8 – Install Electronic Motor Brakes On All Applicable Machines
DC injection braking is much safer than friction-based mechanical braking. It will reduce the need for maintenance, which leads to a decrease in cost to keep your machine running. Finally, it has superior stopping power.
Ambi-Tech: 50-Plus Years Of Stopping Power
Now that you have seven tips on how to stay safe during woodworking, it’s time you consider how to make your woodworking machinery more safe. Electronic motor brakes are a great place to start. DC injection braking helps decrease maintenance and increase stopping power. Get your quote online today!