Basic woodshop safety rules

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These are the basic rules for safe use of the woodshop. If you do not follow these rules, we cannot let you use the shop.

  • Do not cut metal on the woodshop tools.
  • All powered woodcutting and sanding tools must be operated with dust collection equipment turned on and connected to the appropriate ports at all times.
  • All wood must be processed according to our Materials Cutting Chart. This chart is also posted in the woodshop.
    • NEVER machine wood that is highly toxic, moldy, or contains lead paint.
    • NEVER use the power saws to cut wood containing any type of metal fasteners. If you are unsure whether a piece of wood contains metal fasteners, do not cut it!
  • No wet or damp items of any type (including containers, rags, limbs) may be placed or left on horizontal machine surface.
  • Food and beverages are allowed only on workbenches with ratty tops, never on any machine surface.
  • When you are finished working, put all tools away and clean the machines and work space.
    • Scrap wood should be placed in designated locations.
    • Use vacuums or hand brushes to clean machinery.
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