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03-05-2011 01:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: equipment safety sander

Safety in the shop tips; for the sander.

What are some tips to work safely on and around a sander?


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 01:56 PM

dust collector, dust mask, dust collector, dust mask, etc….............

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 02:16 PM

Hi, Debbie!
I think that one of the most obvious ones is to not have any loose clothing or jewelry (or hair) around a sanding machine. Anything ‘spinning’ can catch loose articles and really do some major damage. I know it sound like ‘common sense’ but it is really important to be aware of what you are wearing while working with a sander.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 07:12 PM

I second the “hair” thing – this actually got me once – I was doing a delicate bit of sanding and the machine grabbed my hair (which is kinda long), pulling the machine (just a small orbital sander) into my head – bit of blood, serious bruise – lesson learned – now I always wear a hat and tuck the hair well into it when doing anything in the ‘shop.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 01:09 PM

If you are sanding smaller objects it’s always a good idea to use the little rubber thingies on your finger tips. I can’t count the number of times I’ve take off a patch of skin on my belt sander.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 01:20 PM

great tips, thanks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 01:35 PM

don’t turn on your belt sander when your thumb is on the belt! my finger nearly got mangled when the belt tried to push my finger through the carter. lost alot of skin and parts of my nail!

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 02:23 PM

Never scratch your back with a belt sander and make sure your friends where seat belts.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 12:51 AM

Wear safety glasses & a dust mask while you are sanding.
When using steel wool on a lathe be prepared to let go rather than hold on and get a nasty surprise.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 01:59 AM

Let the ro sander come to a full, total, not moving stop before you try to grab the disc to change it. Even when it’s going real slow, it hurts.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 03-13-2011 08:39 PM

A sander and skin are NOT friends. Putting your knuckles against a running 12 inch disk sander is a very very bad idea. I know. I did it ounce. It’s not a cut it’s a burn. Very painful and slow healing.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#11 posted 03-19-2011 03:01 PM

keep your hands away from the edge of the paper on randon orbit sanders. I did this a fwe weeks ago ona small piece. For all those that have had a paper cut it is much worse when done with sand paper. And it takes a lot longer to heal….

Not to mention the dust that gets into the cut opening the door for infection

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#12 posted 03-20-2011 06:18 PM

for smaller pieces, how about one of those foam gripper sheets (HD used to sell one sold by Vermont American)? They do a good job of preventing a piece from moving around. They work pretty good with routing smaller pieces also.

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