Useful Power Tool Safety Tips and Guides
The first priority of any woodworker should be to avoid accidents. He should approach each cutting situation with the intention of properly following all safety techniques. And beginners, regardless of their age, should be taught to respect and care for their tools and equipment.
Table of Contents
- 1 Power Tool Safety Tips and Guides
- 1.1 Have Proper Knowledge
- 1.2 Prepare Your Outfit and Hair
- 1.3 How to Keep the Dust away
- 1.4 Use Safety Devices Provided by Tool Manufacturer
- 1.5 Using Some Safety Accessories Can be Useful
- 1.6 Mount Light and Magnifiers for Better Vision in Wood and Metal Works
- 1.7 Precaution Tips for Cutting
- 1.8 Environment for Safer Metal and Wood works
- 1.9 Place the Oscillating, Drill Press and Saw Right Way
- 1.10 Experience and Your Health Condition
Power Tool Safety Tips and Guides
Even though the scroll saw and oscillating tools are generally regarded as the safest of all woodworking tools, you should follow these safety rules:
Have Proper Knowledge
Read and study the owner’s manual. This will acquaint you with all of the mechanical features, their adjustments, and the general instructions for operating the saw.
Prepare Your Outfit and Hair
for your own physical protection, you should wear proper dress. Retain loose hair and tuck in any loose clothing. Remove dangling jewelry.
Wear dust masks and goggles. These are especially important. This is because the dust blowers on many saws are more detrimental to the operator’s health than they are helpful. They often drive the sawdust and microscopic particles generated by the fine-toothed scroll-saw blades right at the operator.
In a half-hour of continuous sawing or using oscillating tool, a user may find his shirt covered with dust in the chest area. Some wood dusts are toxic, and some individuals might be allergic to the dust from certain woods such as cedar.
How to Keep the Dust away
Here are some dress safety tips for saws and oscillating tools. See the guides and tips that best said how to keep the dust away and keep your eyes and nose safer.
The biggest problem with nearly every commercial scroll saw, oscillating tools Bret saw, dust-blower system is that it blows all fine particles and sawdust directly at the operator Note the use of a dust mask for respiratory protection.
- Use blower system blower system. It is excellent in that it blows the sawdust away from the operator.
- Beginners should use the hold-down, adjusted properly for the workpiece thickness so that it doesn’t move up and down on the worktable.
Use Safety Devices Provided by Tool Manufacturer
Use whatever safety-related devices are provided by the manufacturer, such as guards and hold-downs, until you are sure that you can safely work without them in certain cutting situations where they will interfere with the work.
Some machines do not provide guards that cover the upper arms. When using these machines, be especially careful that you don’t get your hands or fingers caught between the workpiece and the oscillating arm.
Avoid placing your hands and fingers under the upper arm of the saw. Also, never reach under the saw table or saw base while the saw is running. Here are some tips to follow.
- Some says come with upper arm guards, which are good devices. Beginners should keep the upper arm guards on their saws, and use them
- Make sure that your hands or fingers do not get battered or pinched between the oscillating upper arm and the work piece. Be especially cautious when sawing thick material, as shown here.
Using Some Safety Accessories Can be Useful
There are accessories available that will help you use your scroll saw, Bret saw, drill press and oscillating tools more safely.
One that is especially helpful, convenient, and saves time is a foot switch. A foot switch is helpful because if you ever have a problem during a cut, you do not have to remove your hands to shut off the switch. Also, you can use the perfect tap and die set in setting up these tools to remain safer.
Other accessories that will prove helpful are lighting attachments, combination lights and magnifiers that attach to the saw. These accessories will help ensure that the cutting area is well lighted and without shadows, which is essential.
Mount Light and Magnifiers for Better Vision in Wood and Metal Works
Some professionals, however, do not like to mount lights and magnifiers directly onto their saws. This is because the vibration caused by the machine creates for them an uncomfortable sense of movement.
Also available are headpiece magnifiers that can be used with regular glasses.
These magnifiers are very helpful for individuals with vision problems and those who do highly detailed work.
Precaution Tips for Cutting
Be aware of the potential danger in certain cutting situations. You may find that you will have to place your fingers very close to the sides of the blade to control or hold down the workpiece. Also, always install the blades with their teeth pointing forward and downward.
Avoid such situations and situations where you have to cut very small pieces, until you have become thoroughly familiar with the way the saw cuts and are sure that you can control it.
When possible, press your fingertips downward on the stock and push your thumbs against the edge of the stock, advancing it into the saw as shown above. Note that both hands are well away from the cutting area, but still in complete control.
Some Safety Finger Placing Tips
- Sometimes it’s necessary to place your fingers close to the blade to hold down or control the stock. This also applicable for using nail and hammer. However, never place your fingers in the cutting path of the saw blade.
- When you have to put your fingers close to the blade to exert pressure on the workpiece, it is better to put them behind the blade rather than immediately to the near side or in front of the blade.
Environment for Safer Metal and Wood works
Environment is very important. You should not operate the saw in moist or damp environments. Without proper light the work can be really dangerous. And Moist environment also makes electric tool uses extremely unsafe.
Clean the area regularly and check it out before starting your power activities there.
Place the Oscillating, Drill Press and Saw Right Way
Make sure that the machine is properly grounded with an appropriate three-prong electrical plug and grounded receptacle.
Make sure that you have adjusted the table tilt, the hold-down, and the blade to its correct tension before turning on the power. Also, do not leave the machine unattended with the power on.
Using the blade (whether it is saw blade or oscillating blade) needs some precautions too. Like check how sharp they are. Do not cut curves or radiuses that are too tight (sharp) for the width of blade being used. Also, only use sharp blades. Never use blades that are dull or bent.
Experience and Your Health Condition
Do not use any tools while under the influence of medication, drugs, alcohol, or when fatigued. If you are feeling ill, you should avoid working with saws and any other home improvement tools.
Sometimes experience can be a savior. Before starting the cut, visualize all the steps involved in the cutting process. And this way you can get the experience gradually. If the saw has speed choice options, you should use the slower speed in your beginning session of the power tools.
Until you have gained some experience, only cut materials that lay flat on the table. Do not cut round dowels, tubing, etc.