Jeff Greef Woodworking
Woodworking is a potentially dangerous activity. The ultimate responsibility for your safety resides with you and your willingness to make good judgements about your ability to do a procedure safely.
I have made an effort to point out in these pages potentially dangerous situations that may arise when building the projects described, and suggest safe alternatives. But you must decide for yourself whether you have the knowledge and confidence necessary to do any procedure safely. If you decide that you don't, work up to it with simpler procedures until you do have the necessary knowledge and confidence to be safe.
Often safety means taking longer to do a certain operation because you have to build an extra jig or do extra steps to make the operation safe. Often it is tempting to take the short, more dangerous route. I suggest that you always take the safer route, even if it takes longer. The most important and precious tools in your shop are your fingers and eyes, and protecting their safety is far more important than taking a short cut.
Use a dust mask to protect your lungs when there is dust in the air. Wear safety glasses whenever there is a possibility of flying objects damaging your eyes. Use the safety guards that come with your machines. Wear hearing protection when using loud machines. Keep your eye on the cutting tool in any power tool operation so that your natural reflexes will not allow you to push your fingers into the tool.
Enjoy your craft, and always take the extra effort necessary to ensure that you will continue to enjoy it in the future.
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