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Following workshop safety rules is a must, without it, we risk all sorts of injuries to ourselves and others in the workshop. By now, good eye and ear protection are standard in the workshop at all times.
One of the leading tools for accidents is the table saw and there are many very good rules to follow when the table saw with the 2 primary rules of 1) setting blade depth to just a half tooth above the material being cut and 2) using a proper, safe push stick which precludes anything with a long handle often called “chicken’s foot push sticks”. 3) Using a blade guard and table saw featherboard to prevent kickback!
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Table saws are a powerful and versatile tool used in woodworking, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. In order to prevent accidents and injuries, it is important to follow some essential safety tips when operating a table saw.
- Read the manual
Before using a table saw, it is important to read the owner’s manual and understand the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer. This will help you understand the basic functions of the saw and how to use it safely.
- Wear protective gear
Always wear appropriate protective gear when operating a table saw. This includes safety glasses, hearing protection, and a dust mask. In addition, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry, as they can become caught in the saw and cause injury.
- Check the saw
Before using a table saw, inspect the saw blade and other parts to ensure they are in good condition and properly installed. Also, make sure the blade guard is properly attached and adjusted to the correct height.
- Adjust the blade
Ensure that the saw blade is properly aligned and adjusted before use. The blade should be set at the correct height for the material being cut, and the angle of the blade should be set as required. Always adjust the blade with the saw unplugged and use a wrench or other tool to make adjustments, not your hands.
- Use a push stick
Never use your fingers to push wood through the saw. Instead, use a push stick to keep your fingers a safe distance from the blade. A push stick is a simple tool that can be made from scrap wood, and it provides a safe and easy way to feed wood through the saw.
- Never force the wood
Do not force the wood through the saw. This can cause the wood to bind and kick back towards you, causing serious injury. Instead, use a smooth, steady motion to feed the wood through the saw.
- Keep your workspace clean
Maintain a clean workspace around the saw. Remove any scraps, sawdust, or other debris that may cause tripping or slipping hazards. This will help you avoid accidents and allow you to work more efficiently.
- Stay focused
It is important to stay focused and attentive when using a table saw. Avoid distractions and never operate the saw if you are feeling tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Keep your hands and fingers away from the blade and never reach across the blade while it is spinning.
In conclusion, table saws are powerful tools that require caution and attention to use safely. By following these essential safety tips, you can enjoy the versatility of your table saw while reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. Remember to always wear protective gear, read the manual, adjust the blade properly, use a push stick, and maintain a clean workspace. Stay focused and attentive, and never use the saw if you are tired or distracted.
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