Woodshop Best Practices
- Eye protection
- Closed toe shoes
- Long hair tied up
- Close fitting clothing & accessories
- Ear protection
- Dust mask (especially when sanding)
- Long pants
- Remove all jewelry
- Do NOT work alone in the woodshop, never use power tools unsupervised. Just because the door is open, does not mean the shop is open – make sure there is an instructor or monitor on duty AND in the room.
- Never work when tired, stressed, emotional or impaired in ANY way.
- New lumber is the only material to be used on the woodworking machines (w/o explicit permission and guidance from the Studio Manager).
- Clean up after yourself – leave the shop better than you found it.
- Studio Monitors have final say – don’t be a jerk.
- If you’re unsure or in doubt about anything, ASK before continuing.
Using the Machines
- Only use machines you have been trained on and you feel comfortable using.
- Do a “dry run” – with the machine off and blade out of the way, go through the motions of making your cut. Identify any obstacles or catching points.
- Be sure to unlock any fences or guards before adjusting them and lock them once in place.
- Do not talk to someone while you or they are using a machine, wait until the cut is finished and the machine is off.
- Avoid distractions – don’t wear headphones when working with power tools. Focus on what you are doing.
- PAY ATTENTION! If something seems off, it probably is. Strange noises, excessive vibrations, burning smells, and sparks are all warning signs. Stop the machine and alert the Studio Monitor.
- Always use dust collection, especially on the sanders!
- Wait for the blade to come to full speed before introducing your workpiece.