Why You Should Always Wear Gloves

Some people also recommend that you wear gloves. Even though gloves will not prevent your fingers from getting in the way of a saw blade, it can lessen the damage if an unfortunate event does occur. The thing is, the gloves you will want will be a little thick, but not so thick that you are unable to feel the wood in your hand. To help with this, and to help you avoid wearing gloves, some of the pricier saws may have a flesh sensor on them. This sensor enables the saw to stop immediately if it touches skin. This is good news since it could mean the difference between you ending up with a small cut or a lost digit.

Above all, understand that to use any type of saw, you need to have a certain appreciation for the fact that it is a power tool. You should not use a saw if you are impaired in any way. This means you should not attempt to use a saw when you have had a few drinks or you are feeling groggy from medications; even if you have used a saw millions of times before. To use saws, you need to be aware of the saw completely. Otherwise, your woodworking project could become a trip to the emergency room.

Saws, whether they are table saws, jig saws, circular saws, or some other type is dangerous if you do not use it in the way it was intended to be used. Safety in your shop or on the job site should be your number one priority. When the saw is not in use, you may also want to keep it unplugged so that someone, especially curious kids, do not venture into your shop where they can get hurt. The same rule applies to all other woodworking power tools that you may own. In the wrong hands, they can all be extremely dangerous. Protect yourself and those you love. This may even mean explaining to your children to never touch a saw under any circumstance without your permission and your guidance.

Table Saw Safety Tips

Saws are always dangerous. They involve metal, spinning blades that are designed to cut away wood in mere seconds. Therefore, before you fire it up; it is important that you respect the machine. Most are designed to keep you safe when cutting. They have shields and they have safety guards. Not everyone is willing to leave them in place, because they do sometimes get in the way. This is not the safest choice you can make. People have lost fingers because a board slips away from them. However, there are other things that can go wrong with this type of saw and you should also keep them in mind when using it.

One of the biggest threats when using a saw that is stationary on a table is a kickback. Kickback occur because you have a solid blade, spinning quickly, trying to cut into another solid object by spinning fast enough to slice it. Blades have teeth on them and the teeth catch when they scoop away the wood. The kickback can cause the wood to jerk quickly in one direction or another. There is no warning that it is about to happen, but the repercussions of it can be lost fingers and bad cuts on the board. To avoid potential kickbacks as much as you can, you will want to make sure that the blade height is set right for the wood that you are cutting. If possible, you will want the blade’s teeth to come just out of the wood when it is sawing through. This will ensure that the blade cuts deep enough to hold the wood still, but that the blades are not so far through that your fingers can be taken off because of a slip.

When using a saw, you should also wear a pair of goggles. This will keep dust from flying up and getting into your eyes. If you are sawing through wood and a chunk of it comes up, you may end up dealing with more than a watery eye. The wood may cut into your eye and if you jerk when it the wood dust hits you; you could end up jerking the board, which could cause you to get cut and the blade to make the wrong cut in the wood.