Wood Working Safety & Setup

Wood Working Safety & Setup

Wood Working Safety & Setup

In a prior article, the topic was about stocking your garage with the appropriate tools for woodworking. The article never got around to describing your workspace, so this is to follow up. As with the prior, if you’re a novice handyman or woodworker, keep reading for some basic information and guidelines on how to set up your garage and stay safe.

The importance of safety when operating machinery can never be understated

If you to work with tools or power tools, please know your workspace and your equipment. Have all the safety equipment needed to complete your respective tasks and follow protocol. The time or money “saved” in shirking these tasks may be lost in damages or worse yet spent in the hospital recovering. Take care of your tools (body included) and they’ll take care of you.

Accidents are exactly that, but they can be avoided, especially in your garage because you have control of everything. The causes of accidents are usually inattention, taking unnecessary risks, fatigue, and bad judgment. Poor instruction and not being educated on the equipment also causes its fair share. Unsuitable clothing, missing guards, lack of eye protection and poor lighting can be easily avoided as well.

Keeping a clean shop is one of the easiest ways to make sure it’s safe. Mark a designated area for all of your tools and make sure they end up there when you’re finished. Sort nails, screws and other hardware in containers. Have a garbage can and don’t leave trash anywhere else. Keep a clean shop keeps animals and insects out and makes it more pleasant to be in.

If the job you’re doing requires more than one person, get another person. It may not be the “manly” thing to do, but you’ll likely be working with heavy mechanical equipment and if you can an accident and no one is there to help you, the fault lies squarely on your shoulders.

Working when fatigued should be avoided, especially as a hobbyist. Woodcrafting is supposed to be fun and you aren’t at your best when you’re exhausted. Also, don’t work under the influence of medication or substances. You’d be in a potentially worse position than if you were simply tired.

Always wear eye and ear protection if need. Heavy machinery can be loud, very loud and you only have one set of ears. A good set of headphones will preserve your hearing and make work generally more pleasurable. Eye protection is overlooked often but considering that you will get saw dust every, it’s a must.

If you’re wearing eye protection to stop the sawdust, you would do well to wear a mask or respirator when necessary. Set up a garage dust collections system if you’re constantly sawing and keeping that new door you got on Garage Automatics open will likely do wonders for ventilation.

Store and label all of your chemicals, preferably in a place your children can’t access if you have any. Also, use the proper equipment when handling them be it gloves, eye protection or a mask.

This one should go without saying, but sandals, flip flops, and bare feet have no place in a workshop. A good pair of steel or composite toe boots will make sure you still have all your digits when you leave the garage. Note: Loose fitting clothing shouldn’t be worn around machinery. Loose clothing will put you at risk by getting caught and pulling you in.

If any oil is spilled in your garage, use some of you likely great reserves of sawdust to soak it up, then sweep it up and you’re free to throw it away. Cleaning it up immediately will save you headaches in the future.

All of the lights

One of the easiest things to manage to drastically improve your work area is the lighting. When placing the lights in your garage, you should mount them in parallel rows no more than six feet apart. The goal is for the shadows of one to be filled the light of the next.

If possible, you want to illuminate everything, without creating gaps or getting in the way of your work. When setting up, also, try to avoid glare, this can be dangerous. Fluorescent lamps will last roughly 5 or so years but can lose light output over time. Dirt and dust can also reduce efficiency so remember to clean.

Joiners Bench

Your joiners bench or workbench can be the centerpiece of your garage. You’ll likely use it a lot for measuring and minor work. Set it up at a comfortable height for you and make sure it’s sturdy. Add fixtures and attachments as needed and it can be as much as tool as any other in your garage.

Besides that, you’re just going to need tools and proper equipment. Remember to follow safety protocol and have fun.

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