Work S.A.F.E.R.

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Blog entry by MauBow posted 04-24-2009 06:22 PM 803 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

With the 2nd annual Woodworking Safety Week coming up the week of May 4th, I thought I would write a little about turning safely. Woodworking Safety Week was started by Marc Spagnuolo at The Wood Whisperer.

When I first started turning my parents bought me Woodturning: A Foundation Course By Keith Rowley. My dad wrote, “Happy Turning!” and my mom inscribed “Watch where you put your fingers!” inside the front cover. Little did I know that this would come to be an important piece of advise as I started to teach myself to turn. I have scars on my fingers proving this! Soon I was looking for more words of wisdom to turn more safely.

Probably the best advice I found, and I wish I remember where if found it, was to use the principles of work S.A.F.E.R.

S -Speed compatible with the size of the wood to be turned?
A -Aside – Stand out of the “Firing Line”
F -Fastened – Are all locking handles secured?
E -Eye Protection – Safety Glasses and Face Shield
R -ROTATE -The wood freehand to spin freely

I typed this up in big bold letters, printed it and stuck it on the wall behind my lathe. I recommend you do the same if you are just starting out or a seasoned vet.

Happy Turning, but “Watch where you put your fingers”.


-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 12:11 AM

Thanks, Jeff! There can never be enough about safety.

Also looking forward to participating in the 2nd year of Wood Safety Week.

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