Disclaimer Notice
Last updated on Monday, July 28, 2014 06:30:30 AM Eastern US Time Zone


▪ Please review all of the precautionary notes below & the Personal Safety Equipment page, too.

All practices described herein are to be used at the discretion & risk of the reader.

Opinions expressed are those of the author or the quoted source.

The author is not an employee or agent for any of the vendors referenced in the text & does not sell or represent any of the products discussed.

The author is not a professional machinist or engineer but a Research Psychologist.

No information provided herein should be construed to represent professional advice or best practice.

All information is provided to help hobbyists & other non-professionals gain a better understanding of the tools & techniques described.

Care has been exercised to provide accurate information but the author cannot be held responsible for information that is incorrect or out of date.

Power tools & shop practices are dangerous. Read, understand, & follow all directions & precautions provided by the equipment manufacturer.

Always take all proper safety precautions such as wearing industry approved (ANSI) protective eyewear, breathing filtration, hearing protection, appropriate clothing, adequate illumination, good ventilation, & secure footing.

▪ Beware of creating a flammable condition or an explosive atmosphere (liquid, vapor or dust) within the work area. Identify all potential ignition sources within the work area.

▪ Have the appropriate type of fire extinguisher readily available inside the shop.

▪ Assure shop observers also have proper protective eyewear & hearing protection.

Keep children & animals clear of the work zone.

▪ Secure tools & the work zone when not in use.

▪ Do not  converse with others while performing cutting operations. Do not allow others to interrupt while you are operating a machine.

Cutting & grinding metal or wood can result in exposure to & inhalation of toxic materials. Refer to the MSDS for the properties of a particular material.

▪ Before starting a cutting operation, assure all involved parts have been properly tightened.

Do not place hands near cutter while the machine is operating.

Wait until the cutter has completely stopped turning before touching the setup.

Absolutely do not operate any machinery while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol, medications, or other drugs.

▪ Do not leave the area while the machine is running unless it is setup to safely operate in that condition (e.g., a CNC machine that incorporates working fail-safe mechanisms).

Always disconnect & lockout the machine from its power source before performing any maintenance, repair, modification, or upgrade.

▪ Disconnect machinery from its power source when unused for extended time periods.

▪ Periodically test emergency stop circuits to assure they are functional.

Directly contact the manufacturer if you have any questions or problems; often they have manuals available.

▪ Keep all machinery (mechanical & electrical) in proper working condition, including lubrication.

Consult knowledgeable people in the appropriate forums if an equipment manual cannot be obtained.

If there are any doubts about the safety of the machine or how it is going to be used, do not operate it & seek professional guidance.

Never underestimate the power of the Dunning–Kruger Effect & the influence of Cognitive Dissonance.

Your mileage may vary. Batteries not included. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.