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;
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.
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