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10 Most Important Safety Tips for Woodworking

Woodworking can be a fun and profitable hobby. Safety is always number one and should be followed at all times. Patience is probably one's best asset when woodworking for the beginner or the pro. Here are ten safety tips for the beginner.

Ten most important tips

  • Tip number one: Right tools for the job. Example: do not try to cut metal with a wood saw or wood with a metal saw. Use the tools the way they are designed. Use a circular saw or hand saw for straight cuts and a jig saw for curved cuts or circles.
  • Tip number two: Always make sure one's hands or the cords of the tools are not in front of the saw as this can be disastrous. Always wear safety goggles when using power equipment as well. Gloves are also a good ideal as to avoid any unnecessary loses.
  • Tip number three: When using a circular saw to cut a board, never hold it from the side that is being cut off. Let gravity do its job and it will fall off as it is being cut. If one does try to hold the board up the saw will get in a bind and possibly kick back and hurt you.
  • Tip four: Never try to cut through what is called a knot in the wood go to either side of it to cut. This will be a circle of darker wood located on the board it is really hard and can dull the saw blade.
  • Tip five: Never force the saw through the wood if you are forcing it there is a problem. If the saw seems stuck either the cut is not straight, there is a knot, or the saw blade is dull. Forcing the blade can burn the saw up or cause an unnecessary accident.
  • Tip six: When using a cordless screw driver always be sure to use the proper size screw bit for the size screw being put in. Using the wrong size screw bit can strip the screw head and cause a new problem. How to remove the stripped screw?
  • Tip seven: Using sand paper always go with the grain of the wood when sanding this will be the way the lines of the wood are flowing. If the wood is rough start out with a number 60 or 80 sandpaper and as it gets smoother drop down to a 150 grade or higher to finish it.
  • Tip eight: Using a palm sander after putting the paper on according to the manufacturers suggestion. Sand in the same direction as if you were sanding by hand. The palm sander is not as dangerous as its counter part the belt sander so this is the preferred sanding method for most jobs.
  • Tip Nine: The belt sander when using this item always use it with caution it will warp a floor or door in no time and is dangerous so watch your fingers, gloves are recommended.
  • Tip number ten: Always familiarize yourself with any new equipment or products that one is using and follow all factory recommendations for that particular product.

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