Safety

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!

 

Choosing the Best Dust Mask
By: Stephen S. Johnson
In this short article, Stephen discusses three dust mask options that he's found on the market. Hopefully his research will help you choose the best dust mask for 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Woodturning Safety
By: Paul Hannaby
Paul has a great list of safety items for the lathe. They are presented in an easy to read format.

 

Wood Turning Safety Rules
By: Jim Rodgers
Jim provides us with a short list of important safety rules.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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