Tool Safety and Operation
- Wear proper personal protection equipment. A face shield is required. Wear hearing protection that is appropriate for the level and duration of the noise in the tool room. A dust mask is recommended. Do not wear gloves.
- Wear proper apparel. No loose fitting cloths or neckties. No loose jewelry. Long hair must be covered or tied back. Non-slip footwear is recommended.
- Keep the work area clean. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.
- Check the wood to make sure it has no defects that would cause it to break when turning. Remove all moldy wood immediately.
- Check all glue joints before mounting the stock. A weak joint may come apart when revolving at high speeds. Make sure all glued-up stock is completely dry and cured before turning.
- When doing spindle work, fasten stock securely between centers. Make sure the tailstock is locked before turning on the power.
- When using a faceplate, be sure that the material is securely fastened to the plate.
- Adjust the tool rest as close to the stock as possible. Then revolve the stock by hand to make sure it clears the rest.
- Always stop the lathe before making any adjustments such as changing the position of the tool rest.
- Run all stock at the slowest speed until it is rounded.
- For stock over 6" in diameter, maintain slower speed; from 3" to 6", medium speed; under 3", use faster speeds.
- Hold turning tools firmly in both hands.
- Keep the tool rest as close to the work as possible. At intervals, stop the lathe and readjust.
- Remove the tool rest when sanding or polishing to avoid fingers getting caught between the tool rest and the stock.
- Keep all turning tools sharp. Ask a tech or instructor to show you how to properly sharpen dull tools.
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