Questions tagged [safety]

Questions dealing with safety issues in woodworking. Equipment usage, techniques etc. where the potential harm to self or others exists.

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Using a table saw in an apartment room

I've began woodworking as a hobby a few months ago and so far I've been using just a circular saw, and all the cuts were done in the balcony due to the insane amounts of sawdust that it produces. I'...
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Working with Wenge or Purpleheart

I'm looking into creating a jewelry box for a ring and I am trying to decide on which wood to use. I am stuck between either using Wenge or Purpleheart, I have heard that Wenge can cause an allergic ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

I'm barely a novice carpenter, in fact all the wood work that I do is for my college's technical theater program, but I'm handy with saws, and other power tools. I've been told by many people I work ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

Apologies if this is off topic. I realize it's only tangentially-related to woodworking. In my 12' x 16' workshop, I have a lot of lumber, projects in mid-construction, tools, a computer and ...
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How much weight can this stand hold? [closed]

I got this stand from a friend of mine years ago. Its unbranded. I want to use it to hold a 55 to 75 gallon fish tank which can weigh 456 pounds to 622.5 pounds. How much weight can this stand hold ? ...
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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table

I'm about to re-design my router table.I used 8mm Iron as plate and cut the support holes with cnc laser, but the heat of cutting deformed the surface and made me to refine that with grinding machine. ...
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Use a fence with a router bit with a bearing?

I was putting a roundover on some pieces and used my router table. The table has a fence, and the 1/8" roundover bit I used had a bearing on the bottom (top with the router installed in the table). I ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

This is just a basic project for fun and experience. The shelf will measure about 48,24,12 (H,W,D). Do you think this would hold an even load of 50 lbs per shelf with 5 shelves?
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How can I sanitize wood?

What can I do to wood before and after finishing a project to ensure that it is very clean and as safe as possible? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't eat off my work bench. Sometimes the wood ...
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Are barrel nuts strong?

I'm designing/building a bunk bed for my toddler boys. Given that I am working under small constraints in their bedroom, I was thinking about using barrel nuts to piece together the two long sides ...
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Is the off gassing from plywood harmful when used in a cooking device?

I'm planning to make a solar oven like this one. The linked article mentions the odor suggested volatiles being cooked out of the plywood and maybe the paint So I'm wondering if I should avoid ...
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Safest way to cut very small blocks

I'm looking to create some dice out of scrap mora wood I have, similar to the photo below. The d20 (twenty sided die) requires many cuts on a very small block of wood. What is the safest method for ...
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What wood is not good to use in a cutting board?

I have heard that there is some wood that should not be used in a cutting board because it can be 'bad'. I am not sure what wood is not good, but I guess some wood is poisonous and stuff. I use woods ...
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How to cut down bifurcated trees on a slope

I sometimes have to cut down some trees, and that is usually not a problem. It is mostly intuitive what the best way to make the cut is. However, there is one type of trees I often struggle to decide ...
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What are some good ways to fasten beams to posts for a swing?

What would be a smart and solid way to fasten the beams to the posts in this image. The beams will have swings for 2-3 adults hanging down from them. The posts and the beams are 4" x 4" (95mm) pine ...
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How do I properly dispose of a solvent like mineral turpentine?

I have been using some mineral turpentine to clean paintbrushes and it's gotten quite dirty (it also got all gel-like, I think there was something else in the container it reacted with). Since these ...
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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed

I have a raised garden bed using wood logs that have 'UFP Treated' tags at the end. I am using my raised bed for growing vegetables. What does 'UFP Treated' mean? Are these board safe to continue ...
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Do I need to worry about wood dust for very small-scale manual sanding?

I have recently discovered carving as a very relaxing and pleasant hobby. From small branches of wood I whittle hair-sticks with interesting shapes (the kind of object you use to put long hair up) ...
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What are some good ways to hang plywood from a wire?

I have an art piece composed of many strips of plywood put together. I'd like to hang it from a ceiling with wires. Here's the tricky thing... The edges of the strips of plywood face the ceiling. ...
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Process for Food Safe Finishing

I have just created my first cutting board and coated it with some salad bowl finish. My question is what is the process for finishing the project? How many coats of finish do I need to put on it and ...
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Are there any best practices when using dado blades or stack?

I recently got an 8" dado set for my table saw, and was a little nervous about using it without the normal safety equipment I usually have in place (primarily a riving knife), especially since they've ...
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Table saw safety devices

I'm new to using a table saw and recently bought an inexpensive Craftsman saw since I'm a DIYer and don't use a saw often. It came with 3 devices to install over the blade for safety - splitter, etc. ...
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LED Lights for the Woodworking Workshop

This question might be stretching the scope of this SE, but it's woodworking-related so I'll go with it. I'll be purchasing a home sometime soon and will finally have a garage space all to myself for ...
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Is working with MDF going to kill me?

MDF is pretty cool stuff. Been around for a fair amount of time now. Stuff is used lots now and days. Dimensionally stable and cost effective for a great deal of projects. Problem is that MDF is made ...
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Bandsawing a small log - how to keep the log on the bandsaw table?

I was trying to saw a small log (5" diameter) on a bandsaw, but was having a very difficult time keeping it flush on the table due to the irregularities in the log. This question is different than "...
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Can I expect an improved weekend shop experience from installing an air filtration system?

I'm in my shop for a full day on average once a week. Many many people seem to have shops without air filtration systems and don't complain, though I have poor ventilation in my shop in general. Even ...
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Cleaning old hard wood

I am building a computer desk out of some old oak boards that had been on the side of an old tobacco barn for around 60 years. I tore the building down and thought, hey I wonder what this would look ...
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Are active charcoal air filters effective against finishing fumes?

I do my woodworking in a small basement, with medium-poor air circulation. I will probably end up buying an air filter (I'm looking at the Jet AFS-500) anyway, since it seems like a good idea for the ...
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Can I put wheels on a bunk bed? [closed]

I can't find any information about safety related to having caster wheels (the kind that can swivel) on a bunk bed. The only concern I have is if the child leans against the wall while on top and the ...
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How do I know when it is too cold to work outside?

My woodworking has been at a standstill during the winter months. The main reasons for that are I no longer have stable surfaces to work with since I work outside I need to wear warm clothing which ...
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How to lower large equipment down the basement stairs

I'm expecting a new member of the shop family to arrive soon and as any expectant father I'm worried about delivery. I have a 250lbs+ band saw that needs to be lowered down a single flight of stairs ...
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Building a safer blade guard on a table saw sled

I saw this photo on another table saw question and it's basically identical to the sled that I built. When I use the sled my hands push on the back fence to move it forward. The blade will cut the ...
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Making safe cuts: Sliding miter saw vs Radial-arm saw

In multiple questions (this is one) having to do with sliding miter saws, we have been admonished how to correctly make cuts - to wit: with the motor off, pull the saw outward, push the saw down, turn ...
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Can wood dust cause irritation to other people in the house?

My husband has a lathe and sander set up in our basement where our furnace is. We have a very small, old house and that's the only place it fits. There is no ventilation whatsoever down there so he ...
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Is the wood worm active or not?

I live in India [tamilnadu]. Recently we are building our new home with wooden frames for the windows and doors, but the wood being used contains strange markings. When asking the carpenter about it, ...
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How to determine if a router bit is safe to use?

I recently started using my router table and read both here and on the net about router safety. That covered using the tool itself. Now reading the question about exceeding bit RPM I realize I never ...
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Can I run a router bit over its max RPM?

A lot of router bits say "maximum speed X rpm". What will happen if I run it faster? Will I die? Will a portal to another universe open? Will demonic creatures, neither man nor beast, burst forth from ...
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How do I use a cross-cut sled safely?

This cross-cut sled is about as basic as it gets (the clamp is the stop block, base is 1/4" MDF, walls are stacked plywood, sliders are 1/4" plywood, all parts attached with glue): It seems to have ...
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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards

I bought a table saw recently and it's the most terrifying tool I own. I want to cut a 5/8" dado across four 5" wide boards in identical positions, about 14" from the reference edge. I have a 1/2" ...
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Is there a safe way to make a plunge cut with a chainsaw?

Having looked up chainsaw safety videos on the internet it seems that a big danger with chainsaws is kickback - where the tip of the chainsaw contacts something unexpected and throws the blade back up ...
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Yellow discoloration on a walnut board

What caused the yellowish discoloration of the wood on the photo? I have picked up this English walnut board at the local lumberyard recently, but it wasn't until I started planing I noticed it has ...
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Maximum size for an unsupported bench [duplicate]

I intend to make a number of simple wooden benches in the near future. However, my aim is to make a wider bench capable of seating four across - pew style. Can I reliably assume that the same plan ...
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What safety precautions should I take when using a jointer?

The topic came up in Body positioning while using a jointer of jointer safety. While I've never had any issues, an accident on a jointer could be very dangerous. What safety precautions should I take ...
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Body positioning while using a jointer

I just got a old Beaver 4" jointer that looks very similar to this one. I used it for the first time this weekend and it was awesome. I am wondering though if I was doing something inherently wrong ...
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How can you safely operate a router table without a fence?

I am now the proud owner of a used router and table. I am just getting ready to use it for the first time and was reading some emails and saw the following ad. Image from WoodPeck So almost all ...
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What is the hook angle on a saw blade?

One of the specs listed on saw blades is the hook angle. What does this mean, and when would you choose one over the other?
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Is a climbing cut on a table-saw ever justified?

Having seen the expression "climbing-cut" used in several questions on routers and once in comments about table-saws, it finally registered on me that I didn't know what the heck a climbing cut is. ...
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Is Frank Howarth's homemade table saw splitter safe?

Frank Howarth made a splitter by creating a zero clearance insert, and then extending the kerf all the way through the back of the insert, towards the back of the table saw. He then glued thin strips ...
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Why and when should I wear a dust mask?

I'm a handy man with limited woodworking projects these days. I mostly use a circular saw, jig saw, and orbital sander to make crude storage. Sometimes I cut MDF, etc. I've seen it mentioned ...
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Is PVC pipe safe to use for a dust collection system?

I'm in the early stages of designing a dust collection system for my home shop. My existing system, a dustpan and broom, is vastly inefficient for my setup, which includes a tablesaw, router table, ...