A table saw is a tool that is very important to woodworkers. It facilitates cutting of wood in an efficient way. Although a good table saw lends a helping hand to woodworkers, it also has the power to cause harm to woodworkers. Woodworkers can succumb to various injuries if they do not observe safety measures when using a table saw. This article aims at providing tips that will enable woodworkers to use a table saw safely.
Protect your eyes and ears. Your eyes and ears are very sensitive. They need to be well protected when operating a table saw. This is because eyes can be severely injured by projectiles. Using quality goggles can greatly diminish the danger posed to eyes by a table saw. On the other hand, ears can be damaged leading to hard of hearing or total hearing loss. To avert the damage, protective ear muffs can be used. If you working area does not have good ventilation, put on a dust musk to prevent health complications.
Adorn appropriate clothes. To safely operate a table saw, you must wear well-fitting clothes. It is wise to wear shirts with short sleeves. Wearing clothes that do not fit well is risky. This is because the clothes can easily get fixed on a table saw’s blade presenting unexpected injuries. The type of shoes you put on are also important. The shoes should have non-slip soles to prevent accidental falling.
Keep your working area clean and smooth. Cleanliness is a key determinant when learning how to safely use a table saw. The working area should be devoid of debris-sawdust and cut-offs. Debris that gets caught up in table saw can curtail its proper functioning and expose harm to the woodworker. A smooth tabletop enables a woodworker to use less energy when pushing stock into a blade. This is in contrast to a rough tabletop.
Adopt a good standing position. The standing position you adopt will either undermine or enhance your balance. Your feet should be properly anchored to the ground to maintain maximum balance. Do not stand in front of the blade, large pieces of wood or stock can accidentally injury you when they jam.
Confirm the blade is not in motion before modifying your table saw. When you want to modify your table saw or change the blade, you may be tempted to do so before the blade completely stops turning. Doing this will expose your fingers to injury since they are in close contact with the blade. A blade that is still turning regardless of whether it is slowly or quickly turning has sharp edges that can injury the fingers. Once you are done modifying the table saw, confirm the blade is free of barriers such as stuck tools before turning on the power.
Zero clearance inserts are important too. They prevent slender cuts from falling into a blade’s lower part.
In conclusion, as you operate a table saw, ensure you practice the above safety tips. It is also necessary to disconnect a table saw from a source of power if it is not in use. Further, carefully read through the safety manual to affirm that all parts of a table saw are in good working condition. As it is always said, prevention is better than cure. Do not wait for damage to occur so that you can start safely using your table saw.