use caution, care, and good judgment when following the procedures
described in this book.
be sure that the electrical setup is safe, that no circuit is
overloaded, and that all power tools and outlets are properly grounded.
Do not use power tools in wet locations.
read container labels on paints, solvents, and other products; provide
ventilation; and ob serve all other warnings.
read the manufacturer’s instructions for using a tool, especially the
hold-downs and push sticks whenever possible when working on a table
saw. Avoid working short pieces if you can.
remove the key from any drill chuck (portable or press) before starting
the drill. Always pay deliberate attention to how a tool works so that
you can avoid being injured. Always know the limitations of your tools.
Do not try to force them to do what they were not designed to do.
make sure that any adjustment is locked before proceeding. For example,
always check the rip fence on a table saw or the bevel adjustment on a
portable saw before starting to work. Always clamp small pieces to a
bench or other work surface when using a power tool. Always wear the
appropriate rubber gloves or work gloves when handling chemicals, moving
or stacking lumber, working with concrete, or doing heavy construction.
wear a disposable face mask when you create dust by sawing or sanding.
Use a special filtering respirator when working with toxic substances
wear eye protection, especially when using power tools or striking metal
on metal or concrete; a chip can fly off, for example, when chiseling
work while wearing loose clothing, open cuffs, or jewelry; tie back long
be aware that there is seldom enough time for your body s reflexes to
save you from in jury from a power tool in a dangerous situation;
everything happens too fast. Be alert!
keep your hands away from the
business ends of blades,
cutters, and bits.
hold a circular saw firmly, usually with both hands.
use a drill with an auxiliary handle to control the torque when using
large- size bits.
check your local building codes when planning new construction. The
codes are in tended to protect public safety and should be ob served to
work in insufficient lighting.
work with dull tools. Have them sharpened, or learn how to sharpen them
use a power tool on a work piece--large or small is not firmly
saw a work piece that spans a large distance between horses without
close sup port on each side of the cut; the piece can bend, closing on
and jamming the blade, causing saw kickback.
sawing, never support a work piece from underneath with your leg or
other part of your body.
carry sharp or pointed tools, such as utility knives, awls, or chisels,
in your pocket. If you want to carry any of these tools, use a special-purpose
tool belt that has leather pockets and holders.