Health Concerns


Breathing sawdust is not healthy; it can be allergenic, toxic or carcinogenic. The sawdust from some imported woods,including teak, is particularly harmful and is known to cause skin rashes and respertoty problems severals studies have shown that woodworkers have a high rate of nasal cancers.

Because even a little sawdust can clog sinuses and aggravate allergies, try to wear a mask when ever you make dust, whethers its from machinery or sandpaper or sweeping the floor.

Some of the solvents and finishes used in furniture finishing are also allergenic, toxic or carcinogenic, make sure you read all safety instruction on the product that you are using.

Wood shop accident happen in an instand, especially with power tools, the results can be permanent and even life-threatening. Your first line of defense against mishaps is really simple;

  • Think before acting
  • Respect the capabilities and dangers of your tools 
  • Know how to use them safely.

Plan your work so you can get help lifting or moving heavy objects. Set high standards for tool maintenance and operations. Never use dull blades or bits. Remove guards or other safety devices only when absolutely necessary. And keep your work area free of clutter.


Any discussion regarding woodworking machinery should always begin with shop safety. Regardless of whether you use handtool's or powertool's. Tools are designed to cut , chop, drill or shave. When used carelessly, machines are dangerous and when used properly, machines can be a wonderful help.

So my advice to any woodworker regardless of how much experience they have or don't have, read and understand all the safety precautions described in your tools owner manual.

Safety is the first requirement of good craftsmanship, after researching this topic online there are several things you can do to protect yourself and others while working with wood, with either hand tools or power tools.

  1. Wear hearing and eye protection when using saws, routers, sanders and other equipment
  2. Goggles - the rigid lenses of safety goggles are surrounded by a soft plastic frame that fits your face.
  3. Hearing protector - should also be worn in the form of either hearing plugs or padded ear muffs.

  • Keep your workshop area clean and neat so you dont trip over a scrap of wood or a long extension cord at a inconvenient moment.
  • Don't wear  loose-fitting clothing or any jewelry, all these items can get cought in machinery and drag you towards the blades or other shap parts.
  • Dont't use machinery when you are tired or have consumed alcohol. This type of machinery is dangerous when you are fully alert so why increase the chance of serious injury .
  • Focus on what you are doing at all times and take a break if your mind starts to wander, you are most likely to have an accident when performing the same operation over and over again.
  • If you are not comfortable making a cut or aren't sure of a particular cut is safe, get advice.
  • Keep saw blades sharp, the more you have to push the less control you have over the wood.
  • Be prepared for accidents, Consider these question:
    1. Where is the telephone
    2. Where is your first aid kit, or do you even have one readily available?
    3. Where is the nearest person who can help you?
    4. Can you give clear directions to your shop?
    5. Are you familiar with a basic tourniquet and first-aid techniques.
  • If a serious accident occurs call 911 and not your friend, your friend will not be able to help you if you go into shock.
  • If you should be unfortunate ever to sever any fingers, take them with you to the hospital in case they can be reattached. Severed fingers should be placed in gauze and soaked in a cup of salty water that is kept cold in ice, the fingers should never touch the ice.

​​​Ed's Custom Woodcrafts