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

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What type(s) of glue can I use on wooden kitchen utensils and devices?

If I want to repair a kitchen utensil and want to be (totally) sure there is nothing poisonous, cancerous, allergenic, [fill in your adjective] in the glue. What should I choose? Fish glue, rabbit ...
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Woodshop and fiber insulation

My basement shop area currently has open floor joists above it, with insulation batting between them. (Yes, I know current theory says insulating there is of minimum value, but for sake of discussion ....
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What kind/style of respirator is appropriate for someone with a beard?

In this answer, it is noted that a woodworker with a beard should consider a positive airflow respirator due to the beard preventing a good seal. I have also seen (on metalworking forums) the ...
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Should I drain my air compressor after every use?

Someone once told me that I should drain the pressure out of my air compressor once I am done using the tools. Does one really need to do this? Someone once mentioned it had something to do with ...
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Can I make a dado blade set out of multiple regular blades?

Lets say, for argument sake, that I have 2 or 3 10" blades for my table saw. That would give me just under 3/8 inches, when all mounted together, which I could use to make dadoes. With what I have ...
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When do I need to use a router table instead of a handheld router?

I was looking at the directions that came with my 1/2" shank 3/4" tongue and groove router bit, and noticed that it recommended it be mounted on a router table for improved safety. Which got me ...
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What types of table saw cuts cannot be made with a riving knife installed?

Similar to When is it not possible or not practical to use a blade guard?, what types of cuts require the riving knife (and blade guard) to be removed?
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When is it not possible or not practical to use a blade guard?

Many people don't use the blade guards on their saws. Sometimes the reasoning is not very good, such as, "it blocks my view." But there are many very legitimate reasons to remove the blade guard. What ...
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What do I need to know for basic lathe safety?

I am a complete beginner to turning, I have a set of tools arriving in a week or so, and want to make sure I'm not going to make a mistake and injure myself. What are basic safety precautions when ...
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Would a thick riving knife be useful with a dado stack?

As I understand it, a riving knife prevents kickback by keeping the workpiece from pinching or being pushed into the back of the blade. Pinching the blade is unlikely to happen with non-through cuts, ...
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Can one safely mount an 8" blade in a 10" saw if the arbor sizes are compatible?

I am looking to pick up a new cabinet saw. I have currently two table saws, a 10" and an 8". I use the 8" with a Freud SBOX8 box-joint blade and pretty much use that saw exclusively for box joints. ...
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Am I able to make a wooden Zero Clearance Insert for my tablesaw?

After watching more videos about table saws I got excited and wanted to make a ZCI. When I looked at my saw the current insert gave way too much room. I had lost some wood down there on one occasion ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

I saw this photo of a lounger made out of plywood, and I am pretty certain it would be easy to execute with a jigsaw, sandpaper and patience, but one thing I've never tried is to bring an entire sheet ...
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What is the recommended height of the blade on a table saw while operating?

I have been watching a lot of videos lately about table saws. In those videos I usually see cuts are being made with the blade just barely clearing the piece. For example: Image from HammerZone ...
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Is a shorter rip fence safer?

I've seen people online claim that table saw fences should not extend very far past the rear-most part of the blade. They say that kickback is largely due to the fence being too long. This doesn't ...
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What common woods produce the safest/most harmful dust?

I inherited a bunch of my tools from an woodworker who had developed a severe lung condition due in part to sawdust. I've had lung problems my whole life so have been mindful of this via dust ...
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What is the difference between a riving knife and a splitter on a table saw?

What is the difference and why is one better than the other? Also resources on how to make or get an after market riving knife would be appreciated.
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How can I properly dispose of rags used with Boiled Linseed Oil

I have read several times now that, if not disposed of in a proper manner, rags covered in Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) can combust. In that regard I have some related questions: Under what condition, ...
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Respirator: do not use for hardwoods?

I've got 3M Power Tool Respirator (product page). It has a sander tool icon on the cover yet it reads "Do not use for hardwoods". From the wikipedia it seems as hardwood refers to all kinds of trees ...
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Are there any alternatives to a SawStop?

SawStop sells table saws with a safety feature which causes the blade to descend and stop if it makes contact with someone's skin. Are there other options, similar to a SawStop system, available on ...
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How can I stop my belt from drifting off my sander?

It is a simple question really that would be hard to embellish. While I'm using my belt sander the belt drifts. Sometimes almost half way off the assembly. This does not happen constantly but very ...
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What is the minimum length I can thickness plane?

The thickness planers I've seen have a cutter head between two rollers. The rollers grab the stock and feed it past the cutter head, counteracting the force applied by the blades. If the rollers do ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I am about to inherit some all-wood bookcases that are about an inch and a half thick. They have at least one ugly coat of paint on them. Stripping it would not be worth the effort and I would think a ...
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What kind of wood dust is toxic/dangerous and requires usage of dust mask?

I have a dust mask but I wonder if it is worth wearing when working on pine wood. I do wear it when working a piece of oak or beech. Would you consider cutting some wood species without a mask safe? ...
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What do I need to know when looking at pallets for wood?

I keep seeing projects being build from pallets and pallet wood. Can I just take any pallet or are there safety concerns? What do I need to know about pallets in order to use them?
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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?

(This may be multiple related questions; assistance in breaking it up would be welcome if so.) Many woodworkers have learned that a surprising amount of lumber, including some surprisingly good/...
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How to sharpen a circular saw or mitre saw blade

I got a mitre saw second hand and I am not sure how long it was in service for. I don't want to just buy a 12 inch blade as they can be expensive. Ultimately, I will have to purchase one at some point....
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How can I bring an old, disused table saw back into active and safe use?

I am about to purchase a Powermatic "contractor style" table saw for a very good price from a friend. The saw has not been used in years. It will also have to be disassembled to fit into my car, then ...
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How do you prevent a turned workpiece from exploding while you're working on it on the lathe?

I've seen some scary videos and "after" photos where someone was turning something on a lathe and the workpiece just exploded. How do I avoid this? For example, in one exploding bowl video the turner ...
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Eye protection for someone who does not wear glasses?

I can see well without glasses or contact lenses. What form(s) of eye-protection are convenient, provide good protection, and do not cause fogged vision? I assume that I need protection against both ...
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Noise ratings of equipment

Do any wood-working power-tool manufacturers provide noise ratings for their equipment in typical usage scenarios? Wood-working tools can be very loud. Noise levels of 104 - 110 dB have been ...
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Optimum amount of hearing protection?

Wood-working tools can be very loud. Noise levels of 104 - 110 dB have been measured in real-world use. (Theoretically, the noise levels are supposed to be measured one meter away from the source of ...
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What woods or wood materials are unsafe for use in animal cages? [closed]

I want to build wooden toys/houses/things for caged pets, such as Degus, Hamsters, etc. I'm aware that there are chemicals and glues used to make some wood products, such as MDF which make the dust ...
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How can I determine the load capacity of a simple bench?

I'm new to woodworking and I'm in the planning phase of making a bench like the one pictured below. I'm planning on storing very heavy boxes on this and would also like to use it as a stool to reach ...
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Safety when working Tasmanian Blackwood

I've heard that Tasmanian Blackwood has toxic sawdust. Just how toxic is this sawdust, and what precautions need to be taken when working with it?
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When, if ever, is it safe to use gloves with power tools?

I don't use gloves when operating my power tools, but I know a few people who do--for instance, when operating a router with two hands (not in a router table). Is this safe, and if so, what other ...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

I recently saw a video on how to build a jig for turning stock on a table saw. It seemed unsafe to me, as the motorized jig was advancing stock sideways into the rotating saw blade. This seems like a ...
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How do I prevent dangerous kickback on a table saw?

When cutting a board on the table saw the workpiece can sometimes be flung away from the saw at great (and dangerous) speeds. What techniques or equipment can reduce the chances of kickback?

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