(Now a handy-dandy static page! Check there for updates)
It has been brought to my attention that some of my work is dangerous, like the ladder article and the scaffold article, as examples of two. My god. If you need to be told to be careful around ladders and scaffolds, then I think this page is for you. I intend to add to this post for immediate share to my audience, and will also make it a page for more consistent viewing under the main page header, along with other static information. I cannot begin to tell each of you how critical shop safety is, so please, please, don’t dismiss this piece as unnecessary. I’ve got the scars, as I’m sure many experienced woodworkers do, about how carelessness in the shop can cost you.
In a woodworking shop you are going to be working with sharp tools, powered tools, blades and points. At any point you can cause severe and possibly life-threatening damage to yourself or to others. Take the utmost care in your work and ensure that all safety precautions are taken. Just because I may not always wear safety goggles or gloves, does not mean that I am not always aware of the near and present dangers, and have the scars to prove it. Keep alert and stay safe!
The sharper your tools, contrary to rookie belief, the better. A sharp tool will slice through wood (and flesh, so be careful) like butter and will move with very little effort. Less effort means you won’t over-exert yourself and disk injury. Keep your tools sharp and learn to properly hone to avoid injury by forcing dull tools. This goes for saw blades, chisels, hand plane irons, power tool teeth, everything. Keep your tools and mind sharp to keep your fingers!
Always ensure to have a safety equipment kid nearby. Each First-aide kit is different, the problems you’d have while boating are not the same problems you could have in your passenger vehicle or in your kitchen. You are liable to experience lacerations, bruises, splinters, scrapes, injury to your eyes and burns from chemicals like solvents, finishes or glues. Be prepared and trained to deal with these events. Fire protection in the form of alarms and the appropriate fire suppression equipment is essential. Respiration gear, eye protection, ear protection, skin protection, all must be taken into account. Don’t take anything for granted.