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About Your Safety
Like any type of woodworking or workshop activity, there are dangers inherent in pen making. Use common sense in the shop! Understand everything you’re working with including raw materials, chemicals, hand tools, and machinery. Keep a fire extinguisher and a telephone near your work area.
- Protect your eyes, ears, and lungs with appropriate safety gear.
- Don’t work when you’re tired or under the influence of anything that dulls your senses and slows your reactions. Keep your shop as clean and organized as possible to minimize tripping hazards and the danger of fire.
- Using hand or power tools incorrectly or ignoring safety practices can lead to serious injury. Make sure that your woodworking tools and equipment are properly assembled, adjusted, and maintained, and that you are thoroughly familiar with their operation. All guards and safety devices should be in place and functioning, and never attempt any operation unless you are confident that you can perform it safely.
- When working with and on power tools, STAY FOCUSED! Distractions can contribute to injuries.
- Some adhesives, solvents, and finishes contain chemicals which may cause short-term allergic reactions and long-term health problems. Many of these compounds are also extremely flammable. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s warnings regarding exposure and ventilation.
- Exposure to fine sanding dust can cause a variety of health issues. Accumulation of particulates in the lungs and sinuses, and irritation from natural and applied chemicals, mold, and fungi in the wood can cause problems ranging from a runny nose to serious disease. Some woods, such as Cocobolo, Red Cedar, and Teak can produce severe allergic reactions in some people from inhalation of sanding dust or skin contact.
Enjoy working in your shop, but make health and safety your first priority so you can continue to enjoy this activity for a long time.