6 Safety Precautions to Take When Using Wood Turning Chisels

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When you're working with wood turning chisels, safety is the number one priority. It's always important to know what you're working with and that little mistakes may cause minor or serious injuries. These safety precautions are especially important if you're new to wood turning chisels and woodworking in general.

It's safe to say that working with wood turning on a lathe is safer than most woodworking tools. Nevertheless, be aware that there are safety guidelines you should follow when using wood turning chisels. Take a look at some of them below.

1. Always Wear Safety Glasses

You never know when pieces of wood, debris, or dust can hit your eyes. This is especially true with all kinds of woodworking projects. Whether you are sculpting an art piece, shaving, polishing, chopping, or simply using a wood turning chisel, it's best that you protect your eyes with safety glasses or work goggles. There are various kinds of safety glasses that you can buy at your local hardware store. You should choose one that will fit your head comfortably as you work. Make sure the lenses are resistant to impact and have side protection to prevent any debris from getting through.

2. Wear a Face Shield

Wearing a face shield is important when you are wood turning. When working with wood turning chisels, wood chips tend to fly in all directions. Having a face shield will help to protect not only your eyes but your face in general. The shield will also keep you focused on your task rather than being distracted with flying chips while you work.

3. Wear the Proper Attire

It's always important to wear the proper attire. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants are the most appropriate attire when working with wood turning tools. Denim would be a great option since it offers better protection because it is thicker than cotton. It's also best not to wear too loose clothing because the loose fabric may be entangled in the machine.

4. Use the Tool Rest

A wood turning chisel tool usually comes with a tool rest. Place it close to the work area and keep it secure. Make sure that you use the tool rest before moving it into the stock. Never free-hand a tool into the turning stock. It can cause the tool to slip out of your hands and can cause serious damage. At the very least, it may cause a tear-out to your wood and your efforts will result in a scrap of wood.

5. Adjust the Turning Speed Accordingly

When working with a larger piece of stock, the wood turning speed will be slower. It's faster to turn a very thin piece of stock. Make sure that you adjust the turning speed accordingly and do it before you turn on the equipment.

6. Always Read the Manual

Instructions may vary depending on the brand and model of your equipment. It's best that you read the manual or safety precautions that come with your wood turning chisel.