Carelessness can cause injuries and sometimes it causes death. Today I will start the content with a short story. One of my childhood friend was doing woodworking for the first time at his place. He did not know how to use it properly and he did not even read the safety manual. While he was working, unconsciously he cut off one of his fingers. Since then, the story reminds me all the time to read the safety manuals before using any tools or device.
Miter saw is a powerful tool and it is used for woodworking. It is used for crosscuts only. Miter saw is referred as drop saw, abrasive cut off saw and chop saw. If you do not have any Idea on miter saw then read the article on What does a miter saw do?
Miter Saw Safety
It is very important to keep yourself safe in your workshop and on the job site. When you are using any kind of power tools, you should be aware of the safety measures so that you can keep yourself safe from any kind of accidents.
Tools and maintenance
Not only miter saw, whatever tools you are using for your project, proper maintenance and care will make you and your workplace safe. Here we will discuss some researched tips that you should keep in mind whether you are a professional or a newbie.
It is difficult to work with a miter saw by holding it on your hands. You can not shift it and you will definitely lost the control. If you are using clamps, it will be easy and efficient for you. It will improve the quality of your work.
Use of Appropriate tool:
We always recommend to choose a power tool according to your project. It is very important. If you use the appropriate tool your project will have a quality and it will be 100% safe.
Say for example if you use a miter saw for slicing meat then it will be worthless. But using a miter saw for woodworking will make your job efficient.
Remove power source before doing any adjustments:
Whether you are changing blades or doing any kind of adjustments, remove the plug from the power source and make necessary changes.
Keep your Tools neat and clean:
As soon as you are done with the project, make sure that you have make your tools clean and sharp. Always remember that a properly maintained tool will give you a better result.
Alter or Misuse of a tool:
Never ever try to alter or misuse of a tool. It may cause severe personal injuries.
Servicing is important:
When you will do servicing of your power tool, read the safety manual first. Using of identical parts will keep your machine working for long term.
While you are working with a miter saw, be careful about the position of your body and hands. Always keep your hands outside the “No hands zone”. Try to keep your hands in position until the trigger has been released and the blade have been stopped.
Those who are beginners we will share some safety rules to make your journey to woodworking easier and safe.
When you are using a miter saw, make sure that you are using eye and ear protection.
Using of gloves, jewellery, loose clothes are strictly prohibited while you are operating a miter saw.
We would recommend you to make sure that all the guards are working properly. If it seems slow for some reasons, repair it immediately.
As I have previously mentioned that unplug the power source when you are changing blades or doing any kind of adjustments.
Always keep your hands on the “No hands zone” while you are working and the blades stopped working completely.
Keep your blades neat and clean.
Always use the appropriated and recommended blade size for your miter saw.
Do not use a miter saw free-handed. It may cause injuries.
Before working, keep in mind to check and tighten the blades.
You should use a clamp before working with a miter saw.
We would recommend to cut one piece of wood at a time.
Never cut any small pieces of wood with a miter saw. It’s risky.
Finally, we would say, there is a risk in everything. But risk can be prevented with certain precautions. If you are a newbie to woodworking make sure that you have chosen the right power tool for your job, you have proper work-space and the most important part is to read the safety guidelines. If you are below 18 make sure you are working with your parents assistance. A simple accident can make you suffer for your whole life as my friend did. So, Be careful and enjoy woodworking. If you think to add any safety ideas for beginners that might be missing here, feel free to comment below so that others will know and take precautions.