- If you have to
use Brute Force to make the wood do what you want it to do, chances
are, the methods and tools you're using are wrong for the job.
- If you grasp your
lathe tools with an iron grip, you'll quickly fatigue yourself. In the
long run, it's also dangerous*.
- For best results...and
maximum safety...keep your tool rest as close to the rotating workpiece
- Always remove
the tool rest before performing any sanding or finishing operations.
- Keep long sleeves
rolled up above your elbows during turning.
- Don't let your
apron strings fly into the path of your turning stock.
- Tie back long
- Always wear Safety
Goggles or a Face
Shield when working on the lathe.
- Sanding on the
Lathe can easily turn into a full-scale Dust Storm...and dust
can actually be EXPLOSIVE! Wear a dust
mask and keep a window open for adequate ventilation during turning
- Do your feet a
favor ! Since turning often requires long periods of standing, get an
Mat and use it when turning for long periods of time. It will save
your aching feet, keep you from slipping and help you produce better
- Avoid prolonged
lower back strain. Take a breather when you feel the tension growing
in your back muscles. To relieve strain, try squatting with your knees
bent and your back against a wall. One orthopedic surgeon claims that
Americans would suffer fewer back problems in general if they would
make this a daily practice.
- Sharp Chisels
are far safer to use than dull ones. Keep your Chisels sharp at all
times. Even if you're inexperienced at sharpening, special accessories
such as Shopsmith's
Sharpening Guide or Strip
Sander Chisel Sharpening Attachment make easy work of sharpening
your Chisels, even if you're a novice.
* Production workers
who persist in using a strangle-hold grip on vibrating tools such as Lathe
Chisels can easily contract Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome, a debilitating malady
that affects the nerves in the wrist, causing numbness and even partial