Perfect wood, a dream shop and all of the tools in the world won't help your woodworking if you're hurt
Synopsis: Thomas P. LeRoy, a physical therapist and woodworker, offers tips on how to stand and work properly to avoid pain down the line. He explains how to stand in a neutral position, and then how to lessen strain on your neck. LeRoy details the lower back and how it acts as a stable base. He shows how to raise the work or lower your body to the work to ease physical strain, how to bend your knees instead of your back, and how to keep your belt parallel to the floor. Photos clearly show the right and wrong postures he describes, and the article includes stretching warm-up exercises, too.
How many times has this happened to you: You’re bent over for only two minutes, reaching under your router table to make that final depth adjustment. When you try to stand up—yeow!—it feels like someone has stuck a chisel in…