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Safety First

  • Wear a dust mask while working, especially if the dust blower is used instead of a vacuum
  • Wear a face mask when cutting glass or metal
  • Wear eye and ear protection when working with power tools
  • It is tempting to opt not to use eye gear when you are working with a scroll saw. Be safe and err on the side of caution
  • Never allow fingers to come near any moving blades or cutters
  • When cutting very small pieces of wood, use a cardboard backing to help you control the wood and ensure that your fingers are away from the blade 
  • Wear appropriate attire, no jewellery, loose hair, sleeves or ties
  • Do not allow your mind to wander or be distracted when using power tools or sharp objects. Most accidents in the workshop happen when a woodworker is tired and his or her attention is focused elsewhere
  • Never work under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medicine
  • Above all, never work when tired, in a hurry, or not in the mood. Use common sense at all times
  • Children should only be allowed to use a scroll saw under supervision
  • Ensure the work area is well ventilated. It is preferable to connect a vacuum or dust extractor to the extraction port
  • During cutting, only remove dust and chips when the machine is switched off
  • In case of a power failure return the power switch to the OFF position

 

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