Do you use or want to use a table saw? You should know properly how to use a table saw including the table saw safety hacks. At the woodshop, the table saw is one of the most crucial and highly used power tools to the woodworkers for woodworking.
But, the smart people of today’s smart world do their woodworks at home on their own. That’s actually a great did only if you know the proper way to use the power tools.
The table saw is the most essential power tool. On the other hand, this one could be the most dangerous one if you don't have the proper guidance or knowledge about table saw cutting techniques.
That’s why today we’re going to share with you about the table saw tips so that you can fearlessly use it without any accident.
How to Manage Table Saw Safety During Work?
Although it’s surprising, the fact is a lot of accidents happen while using a table saw. It has become a frequent occurrence. But if you follow the safety hacks you can avoid those accidents. Go through the following table saw tips for using a table saw smoothly. Let’s get started.
Never Forget To Wear Safety Kits
First of all, safety kits. Always wear safety kits like safety goggles or glasses, dust mask, face shield, non-slip footwear, and hearing protection. Even you should be careful about your clothing also.
Cloths that doesn’t fit perfectly, avoid them while using a table saw for professional stuffs. Also, avoid wearing any ornaments or jewelry, neckties, hand gloves, long sleeves.
Check The Table Saw Equipment
Never forget to check your table before starting it. Check if the riving knife, blade guard, anti-kickback pawls and spreaders are perfectly adjusted or aligned. Check the entire setting whether all the parts are working properly or not.
And of course, check the setting before turning on the power. Also, check if the throat plate properly fits and has the perfect slot as required.
Be Careful about the Power Connection
There are possibilities that the activated power connection can make the table saw accidentally get started. This can be a seriously dangerous occurrence. So, why should you take a risk? If you're not using the saw right now, disconnect its power source.
Also, if you need to change any part of the saw or any kind of adjustment, make sure you disconnect the power source first. Always let the saw blade stop completely first and then you can leave the saw.
Check Stock Along with Its Objects
While cutting a stock, ensure that the height of the stock is not higher than the height of the blade. This is going to help you not to lose a limb if your hand slips. While cutting a short stock, make sure the adjustable rip fence is parallel to the blade. It will prevent the stock from binding on the blade.
Not just that. You should also check the board you’re going to cut visually. The cutting board shouldn’t contain any kind of sharp objects like loose knot, screw, staple or nail.
Avoid Free-Hand Cuts
It’s going to be a huge mistake if you’re planning for a free-hand cut. Want a safe and precise cut? Guide the stock through the blade using a miter gauge or a rip fence. Both of them will keep the stock in a fixed place and help you maintain your grip.
But you should also remember that you should use a miter gauge or a rip fence one at a time. That means you can’t use both of them together.
Use a Push Stick
Sometimes you need to cut such a board that doesn’t have enough width to cut normally. That moment, you need a push stick to cut the board perfectly without keeping your finger in danger.
You can purchase a push stick or ask to build one to the woodworkers as you require. There are push sticks available in different sizes and designs.
Avoid Tiredness or Boredom
Are you tired or sleepy or on medication? If so, avoid using a table is such a condition. It's proven that most of the accidents occur because of carelessness.
If you’re tired, sleepy or bored with the same procedure for a long time, stop using the table saw. Give it a break as long as you need to refresh your mind or get out of the tiredness.
- While cutting only focus on it. Don’t let your concentration break.
- Keep all the area around the table saw neat and clean.
- Don’t rush. Go easy.
- Make a plan for how you want to cut your cutting element.
- Maintain perfect balance with your standing position while cutting.
- Stand in a comfortable but safe position.
No matter if you're a professional or a non-professional woodworker, a silly mistake can turn into a huge disaster. But don't worry. There are problems and also there are solutions. These table saw tips will help you stay alert and keep you away from the danger while using a table saw.
Don’t skip the safety hacks. They might seem useless, but they are the most useful term when necessary.
Austin R Dean
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