You know all about the importance of safety equipment. You keep your blades sharp and your workshop clean. However, even people who follow these safety measures religiously can sometimes find themselves in a dangerous situation, that split second when “everything changes.” Here are some safety tips you may have overlooked that can make all the difference.

Give Someone a Heads Up

Before entering the workshop, let someone know what you’ll be working on, and for how long. While uncommon, some accidents can incapacitate a woodworker by rendering them unconscious, trapped, or otherwise unable to help themselves. By informing someone of your intentions ahead of time, they will know if and when to check on you, just in case.

Inspect Wood Before You Work

You know about inspecting your equipment, but what about your supplies? It’s easy to take for granted that your materials are fresh and ready to go, when sometimes there may be nails, screws, staples or other metal objects embedded in the surface that can come flying once the blade hits.

Use One Extension Cord

Use one high-quality, heavy-duty extension cord--not per tool, but per workshop. It may be inconvenient to switch the cord from tool to tool while you work, but that’s the whole idea. When constantly plugging and unplugging your tools, you become more cognizant of the need to disconnect when changing drills or bits.  

Use Push Sticks

When working with tools like band saws, you cannot be too much of a control freak.  Buy or make your own push sticks, which give you a greater margin of control over your materials. These handy, inexpensive tools also serve as a buffer between your fingers and the blade, so a small mishap doesn’t have to turn into a major accident.  

Avoid Distractions

Distractions can take many forms, from those that you bring to the table–whether you’re sleep-deprived, emotional, or under the influence of alcohol--to outside forces: children, pets, and weather that may compromise your power source. Even that smartphone in your pocket can result in an accident if you allow yourself to take your attention away from your work for a moment. Always take your time to focus in the moment so you don’t have to deal with the aftermath of an accident later.

The Right Eye Protection

Perhaps the most obvious safety tip when undertaking a woodworking project is to protect your eyes. If you need safety glasses, you can always get them from Amston Tools. Learn more about our safety glasses and place your order to try them out today.

Written by Kenneth Ramclam