I have mentioned at various times on the blog that I am a member, and also contribute with occasional posts to several woodworking forums: WoodNet, Saw Mill Creek, Lumberjocks, and, more recently, Woodworkers Zone.
To kick off the safety aspect of woodworking, an article posted in late 2006 or early 2007 at ToolCrib.com highlighted the ten most dangerous woodworking tools. I found this article when I did a number of searches using various phrases, such as “woodshop injury”, “wood shop safety”, etc. The author distilled information learned from a survey of users of WoodNet and FamilyWoodworking.
This article mentions the condition of the worker, the condition of the tools, and the condition of the workspace (i.e., the shop itself). It also quotes Basic Woodshop Safety, by Howard Ruttan:
“If you are hungry or sick, tired or angry, hot or thirsty, you are at risk. Don’t work if you are overly fatigued or not feeling up to your game. Attitude is extremely important also. Remember that woodworking is supposed to be fun. Isn’t that why you are doing it? Take a break when you get frustrated. Don’t work angry.”
Throughout the week I will also use instances in which members of the forums experienced either injury, or a close call. It is my sincere hope that you will learn to use the woodworking forums and the Internet to learn prior to doing. And if you are already doing so, congratulations!
May your shop time be safe – above all, have fun!
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