Before working on a lathe, we should understand the risks of working with a powered machine. By knowing these risks and understanding how to protect ourselves, we will be able to work more safely. We recommend that wood turners review safety guidelines for their lathes and other power tools on a regular basis.
We also present these web pages as additional safety items that wood turners should know!
By: Craft Supplies
In this article, Craft Supplies provides a series of excellent suggestions on how to remain safe at the lathe. The article covers Personal Safety, Safe Lathe Speeds, and Tool Safety.
|The Unseen Health Risk of Wet Turning |
By: Ian Salisbury
Ian Salisbury sent us a note about his experiences with health issues while turning wet wood. Since most woodturning safety articles deal primarily with dry wood, we asked him to share his experience and related research with us. Thanks, Ian, for bringing another important safety issue to our attention.
|Woodturning Safety |
By: More Woodturning Magazine
Whether woodturning is a fun and creative hobby or a full-time job, it is important to pay attention to safety issues. One small mistake or a bit of carelessness can lead to life-altering consequences. Let’s all make safety a priority by taking a look at these suggestions provided by Craft Supplies USA.
|Lathe/Workshop Safety Guidelines|
By: Geoff Whaling
In this article, Geoff gives us a list of 32 items to help us to prepare for our projects, then how to commence a turning project, how to start the lathe, how to commencing a project on the lathe and how to finish for the day. These guidelines are simple to understand and can really help you to have a safe time in your shop.
|Is Watco Oil Dangerous? You Bet! Sneaky Too!|
By: Ed Pretty
In this article, Ed Pretty, a retired firefighter shares his experiences where four incidents happened as a result of Watco Oil and spontaneous combustion. This is an excellent article to read to gain the respect that oil soaked rags (any brand of oil) should be granted.
|List of Tropical Woods Used and Sold for Woodturning, and their Endangerment Status|
By: Bradford Whitman
This 2009 article shows a wide range of tropical trees, their country of origin and their IUCN rating.
The IUCN key is at the bottom of the article.
|15 Safety Tips for the Wood Lathe|
By: Stephen S. Johnson
In this safety article, Stephens shares with us 15 tips that he thinks are worthy of considering in your wood shop.
|Adding more light to your shop (inexpensively)|
By: Alan Zenreich
In this article, Alan tells us how he uses some of those new LED task lights to provide some additional light to his work shop. This article may give you some ideas on how to do this in your own shop making it easier and safer to work in your shop!
|Wood Turning Lathe Safety|
By: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
This Canadian government agency has an excellent list of safety tips for working on the lathe.
|Wood Turning Safety Rules|
By: Jim Rodgers
Jim provides us with a short list of important safety rules.
By: Paul Hannaby
Paul has a great list of safety items for the lathe. They are presented in an easy to read format.
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