How to prevent injury in your workshop

Having a workshop is something that many dream of without thinking about the responsibility it comes with. Still, learning how to use powerful tools and how to work with devices that can sometimes be unpredictable is not always safe. Hence, after taking into consideration my own experience, I have decided to put together a set of must-follow rules in order to prevent injury in your workshop.

To set off on the right foot, anybody who enjoys being a craftsman as a hobby should buy protective equipment. By doing so, one can make sure that, in the case of any unforeseeable accident, he or she will be provided the needed protection. So, before starting working on that new DIY project, be sure that you have the necessary protection equipment. And, by this, I mean anything from gloves, apron, appropriate footwear, goggles, and shield(s) as well as ear protection. However, making sure that you are protected does not mean that you should buy all of the before mentioned gear. Nevertheless, each should take into account what are the most exposed areas of his/hers body, and determine what type of equipment he/she should invest into.

 

Next, make sure you get a sufficient amount of light. Because of the dimensions of some workshops, appropriate lighting is a problem. As a result, my advice to you is that you ensure that enough light is provided not only to the workbench area but also to the entire room. By doing so, you will be able to prevent any regrettable events caused by lack of illumination.

 

Also, whenever you find yourself working on a new project, try to give your work your undivided attention. Therefore, try to cut back on loud music or any other distraction that may cause you to lose your focus. To make sure that you are not taken aback by unexpected guests that can catch you off-guard, I suggest you let people now you are working by telling them or by placing a sign that signals others that you are busy around dangerous tools.

Moreover, always keep your workshop neatly organized, especially the floor. This way, not only will you know where your tools are stored, but you will also avoid tumbling on equipment that is out of place.

 

Last but certainly not least, you should never venture into doing things that you are not familiar with, and that can seriously jeopardize your life.  So, for example, you should never use a welding machine if you don’t own the needed protection equipment or have never used one before. Likewise, people who have never used a powerful tool before should always pay extra attention when using it for the first time. Moreover, having a more experienced friend beside you in this kind of situations is usually desirable.

 

 

What I love about woodworking

 

Geneticists have recently found out that human genes transform during one’s lifetime and the information is passed on to his children, and that started me thinking: maybe that’s why woodworking runs in the family.  

When colonists and immigrants came from the Old World, there was little they could bring with them: hope, ingenuity and some small valuable possessions. I don’t know if my German ancestors brought a woodworker’s tool kit with them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

Wood was among the first things you could get, and using it wisely was essential. At that time, you could do about anything out of wood, from soap holders to houses, from plows to suitcases and dinnerware.

Such variety of applications got me inspired, and I enjoy having to deal with a material that offers so much if you set your mind to it. A bit of practice and some good project ideas made me discover how easy it is to work with wood.

When real, usable products started to come out of my hands by using proper tools and a minimum of additional material, I discovered something important: it was satisfying enough to make a hobby out of it and everyone would profit from it.

 

The physical labor required to engage in woodworking projects is just enough to keep you fit without making you feel exhausted at the end of the day. Some choose to do long, strenuous hours of exercise, but that didn’t appeal to me that much.

Putting my creativity to work is important as well. When I look at the lumber and decide what to do next (I usually say I have a “board meeting”), I must figure out how to use the wooden boards with minimum waste and with as few maneuvers as possible.

I love coming up with technical solutions to various problems and woodworking is made for problem solvers. Some of the solutions apply to many situations once you’ve found them, others are a matter of inspiration or need a bit of online research, but it’s never a dull day.

There’s also a financial reason for which I love woodworking. It saves me a lot of money spent on repairs that I can now do myself. I also save a lot by making my own furniture instead of buying it. It’s great to see that the work I get done improves my comfort and is precisely what I needed.

Some of the items that I design have sizes and features that are not available on the market anyway. Designing my own furniture gives the house more personality, and it’s the safest way of getting what I ordered.  

There are other things that make me love woodworking, but I think the ones I just referred to are reason enough. I believe some of them are the same with what you have in mind.