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Keep your power tools in good working order especially saw blades. The sharper a saw blade is less effort it take tool to perform cut and this reduces effort you need to use to feed wood through tool. If you are having to force a piece of wood through a table saw it increases chance of you slipping and injuring yourself.
Do Not work in your shop if your have been drinking or taking medication. Both can alter your perception and increase likely hood of an injury.
Prepare for worst. Remember after you are injure is too late to be trying to think of what to do. The adrenalin will be flowing and chance of shock is always present.
Before you get injured post a plan in your shop for dealing with an emergency. It should have numbers for an ambulance as well as a neighbor or a friend that can assist you if needed. Also, have a phone in your shop with an emergency number set to speed dial. Have a fully stocked first aid kit in your shop to deal with any emergencies and some knowledge of how to dress an injury if needed.
Focus of task. It is not a good idea to work in shop when your mind is distracted. This can lead to inattention and accidents. It is ok to relax and unwind in shop but not while tools are turned on. Unplug tools when not in use or when changing attachments and servicing. It is also a good idea to lock out your power in your shop when you are not using it. This will prevent children from accidentally turning on tools and injuring themselves. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dave Markel is author of "The All Wood Working Journal". He has helped hundreds of individuals improve their wood working skills. Visit his site at http://all-wood-working-plans.com Subscribe to All Wood Working Journal at http://all-wood-working-plans.com/wood-working-tips.html
Dave Markel is the author of "The All Wood Working Journal". He has helped hundreds of individuals improve their wood working skills. Visit his site at http://all-wood-working-plans.com Subscribe to the All Wood Working Journal at http://all-wood-working-plans.com/wood-working-tips.html