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  • WGA 044940f_d1h46u_c Unsafe Cross-Cutting on the Table Saw

    Unsafe Cross-Cutting: Avoiding Dangerous Table Saw Kickback

    Table saw safety is a huge part of woodworking, and avoiding table saw kick back is a large part of table saw safety. You may find it tempting to try and use the rip fence on a table saw for cutting multiple pieces to the same size. There are scenarios in which this works, and… Read more »

  • Woodshop Tips: Hearing the Phone in a Noisy Shop

    Woodshop Tips: Amplifying Your Shop Phone

    Have you ever missed a telephone call in your workshop because you had one or more power tools running that drowned out the sound of the phone ringing in the background? This is a frustration that many woodworkers share. At times this can lead to a minor inconvenience, and in other situations the ramifications of… Read more »

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    Planer Safety Tips

    Planers can do so much for you. They’re pretty high on the must-have list of standard shop tools because they are full of horse power and have a very high cutter head speed. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. From hearing protection to where you stand, there are some simple things you can… Read more »

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    Drill Press Safety

    They may seem benign but, like any shop tool, drill presses need to be treated with respect. Used improperly you can “helicopter” your material, burn up drill bits, launch a chuck key, and worse. Most drill press safety is all about common sense, and Tom is passing his common sense safety rules along to you.

  • Table Saw Safety – Guards & Splitters

    Table Saw Safety: Guards and Splitters

    Table saw safety is critical for every woodworker. Bruce Kieffer’s table saw safety article explores options for aftermarket and shop-made table saw guards and splitters. Be safe and saw often!

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  • Shop Accident Statistics & Woodworking Safety

    Shop Accident Statistics and Woodworking Safety

    Every year, hospitals see injuries caused by woodworking tools in the emergency room. This includes professionals and hobbyists, students and homeowners. The types of injuries vary, as there are more ways to make mistakes in a woodshop than there are ways to plan ahead for them – precisely why they’re called accidents! In 2011, the… Read more »

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    Bandsaw Safety

    Gruesome, but true; butcher shops use bandsaws to cut steaks. That tells you that a bandsaw, used improperly, can do a lot of damage. We want to make sure you’re taking every safety precaution when you use a bandsaw for your woodworking projects. This video provides you with bandsaw rules of the road that will… Read more »

  • Portable Power Tool Safety

    Portable Power Tool Safety

    When using portable power tools it’s very important to have your work secured, and to keep your hands out of the way of the cutting tool. Here are some tips to help you keep your project parts in place while you’re cutting them, and keep your hands safely out of the way. Remember to always… Read more »

  • Lathe Safety: Face Shield vs Respirator

    Lathe Safety: Face Shield vs. Respirator

    Ready to do some turning? Keep lathe safety in mind. You’ve got to wear a face shield to protect your face and eyes. When you get to the sanding step you also need to protect your lungs, something a face shield alone won’t do. Check out this video to learn more about face shield/respirator combos.

  • Miter Saw Safety Tips

    Miter Saw Safety Tips

    George Vondriska talks miter saw safety and demonstrates why he prefers to release the trigger and let his miter saw blade come to a complete stop once he’s made a cut before returning it to its original position. The answer is two-fold: 1) You won’t have any small offcut pieces ricocheting around your workshop and… Read more »