by Mr Blessed 500
SHOP MADE PUSH STICKS Push sticks for feeding stock into saw blades or jointer knives are commercially available, but you can easily make your own using 3/4 inch plywood and a band saw or saber saw. No one shape is ideal; design a push stick that is comfortable to use and suitable for the machine and job at hand. A 45 'angle between the handle and the base is best for most cuts on a table saw, while a smaller angle, with the handle closer to the table, is better for feeding stock across a radial arm saw table. The long base of a shoe-shaped push stick (bottom, left) allows you to apply heavy downward pressure on a workoiece. For a familiar grip, Use a favorite handsaw handle as a hold the stock, and yet shallow enough make the notch in the base large enough to template (bottom, right). Whatever the design, to support it without touching the -14" table of the machine. Keep push sticks close at hand, ready to feed stock at the start or finish of a cut.
• Wear appropriate safety gear when operating a woodworking machine: safety glasses a face shield for extra protection and hearing protectors or earplugs. If there is no dust collection system wear a dust mask. For exotic woods such as ebony, use a respirator; the sawdust may cause an allergic reaction.
• Make sure that workshop lighting and ventilation are adequate and that work surfaces are large and sturdy.
• Read your owners manual carefully before operating any machine.
• Tie back long hair roll up long sleeves and avoid loose-fitting clothing. Remove rings and other jewelry that can catch in moving parts.
• Keep children, onlookers and pets away from the work area.
• Unplug a machine before, performing setup or installation operations.
• Concentrate on the job: do not rush or take shortcuts. Never work when you are tired, stressed or have been drinking alcohol or using medications that induce drowsiness.
• Whenever possible. clamp down the work piece leaving both hands free to perform an operation.
• Find a comfortable stance: avoid over-reaching.
• Turn the machine off if it produces an unfamiliar vibration or noise: have the machine serviced before resuming operations.
• Keep your work area clean and tidy; clutter can lead to accidents.