Workshop Safety

Woodworking is a solitary hobby, and it requires tools and techniques that are inherently dangerous. These two factors make workshop safety a top concern for any woodworker. When working in the shop it is important to protect your eyes, ears, and lungs,
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  • Preventive Safety Measures for WoodworkersPreventive Safety Measures for Woodworkers

    by Stanley N. Wellborn

    Avoid woodworking hazards with simple changes to your workshop habits

  • Protecting Your Lungs from WoodworkingProtecting Your Lungs from Woodworking

    by Charles W. Calmbacher

    Charles W. Calmbacher, an environmental, health, and safety consultant and woodworker, explains the benefits of wearing dust protection. You’ll learn why wood dust ...

  • Tablesaw KickbackTablesaw Kickback

    by Kelly Mehler

    Recognizing the causes of kickback and its prevention is an important survival skill for any woodworker. Kickback can occur whether you’re ripping or crosscutting, ...

  • When Wood Fights BackWhen Wood Fights Back

    by Jon Arno

    Skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other health concerns are common reactions to many species that woodworkers routinely handle, when wood acts as an irritant ...

  • Shopmade Tablesaw GuardsShopmade Tablesaw Guards

    by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

    Sandor Nagyszalanczy advocates designing safer tablesaw jigs and setups by adding guards and safety devices that prevent accidental contact with the sawblade. He ...

  • Dust and the WoodworkerDust and the Woodworker

    by Kirk Kundtz, M.D.

    What woodworker doesn’t know the pleasure of wiping a delicate film of very fine dust off a well-waxed jointer bed? Kirk Kundtz, an internist and active woodworker, ...

  • Chemical Hazards of WoodworkingChemical Hazards of Woodworking

    by Theodore J. Fink, M.D.

    Many woodworkers expose themselves to toxic levels of products because they don’t understand the product, appreciate the risks, or take adequate precautions. In ...

  • Woodworking InjuriesWoodworking Injuries

    by Dr. E. Jeff Justis

    Woodworker and hand surgeon Dr. E. Jeff Justis talks about three main causes for injuries in the woodshop: inattention through repetition, an unanticipated happening, ...

  • Health Hazards in WoodworkingHealth Hazards in Woodworking

    by Stanley N. Wellborn

    Woodworkers are often already aware of the common hazards of the craft, but what they may be missing are hidden dangers in woodworking. These include wood dust, ...

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