Safety is a great issue when you are using a tool. As I have suggested some great jointers for you previously, I was thinking of writing something about how you can keep you safe from accidents caused by jointers. Accidents are accidents. Those can happen anytime. But the thing is, the more you take steps to keep you safe, the less risk you have. That’s why knowing and following some safety tidbits is important.
Keeping yourself safe should be the priority when you’re doing any work. So, let’s see some safety measures to keep you safe at the time of using a jointer.
Some Jointer Safety Tips for Users
Make Yourself Prepared
Before using a jointer, at first, you need to make yourself prepared. Otherwise, you may take a wrong step that can cause an accident.
1. Read the user manual: More or less all the tools come with user manual. If you are using a jointer for the first time, read the user manual first. It’ll help you to know about the jointer- how it works, what you should do, what the common mistakes are. Besides, you’ll find the answers to some questions of your mind.
2. Wear a proper dress and use safety gadgets: For working with a tool, you need to wear proper dress. In case of using a jointer, you have to keep your eyes on your dress too. Try to avoid using long-sleeved clothes. Don’t wear a loose cloth at the time of using a jointer. Wear cloth which will allow you to move comfortably. If you have long hairs, tie those up with a band and keep stable.
Don’t forget to use safety gadgets. Use safety goggles to protect your eyes. If you think that your jointer sounds loud, you can use hearing protection. I suggest using hearing protection every time you use a jointer because continuous working on jointer affects your ears.
Make the Jointer Prepared
After you have finished preparing yourself, now it is time to make the jointer ready.
1. Check the condition of the jointer: Before starting the jointer, you need to know the current condition of it. Check the power supply and power cord, make sure that the jointer is okay and run it once for a few moments to make sure that it runs properly.
2. Set it up: After being confirmed that the jointer is okay, you have to set it up for your jointing operation. Depending on the depth of the cut you need, adjust the wheel and the infeed table. Leave the outfeed table as it is. According to your need, set the fence and lock it properly.
Set the dust collector with the jointer. It’ll keep the workplace clean. Make sure that the blade guard is at its place.
At the time of setting the tool up, be conscious of what you are touching. NEVER TOUCH THE BLADES. Keep your hands away from the blades; those are sharp.
Now your jointer is ready for jointing. You are ready too. Why late? Let’s start jointing.
Start Working SAFELY
Wait, wait. Before starting that, here are some safety tips that you follow when jointing. Let’s see.
1. Check the stock: The stock you will be jointing should have a minimum thickness and length. The minimum thickness of the stock should be ¼ inch. Don’t try to joint stocks thinner than this minimum thickness. The minimum length of the stock should be 12 inches. Make sure that your stock can meet these two demands.
Here, you need another thing to know. It is risky to try cutting more than 1/16 inch at a time. If you need a deeper cut, take time and do in two steps.
Make sure that the stock is fresh. If the stock has splits, knots or other defects, it may jerk at the time of jointing and cause accident.
There is another thing to check. Make sure that the stock doesn’t contain nails, screws or any metallic objects. Those also hamper jointing besides of destroying the cutterhead.
2. Run the tool fully: After making sure that everything is ready, start the jointer. Before starting it, make sure that you are standing at a side of the jointer. Don’t stand directly behind it or beside the cutterhead.
After starting the tool, wait for a few moments and let the cutterhead spin in full speed. Otherwise, you may not get the expected performance from the jointer.
3. Instead of using hands, use push blocks to press and push the stock. If you use bare hands, there is a chance to get your hands wound because of an accident. Make sure that all your fingers are on the surface of the stock; no finger is falling beside the stock.
4. Stand at a safe distance from the cutterhead, especially when the end of the stock is passing through it.
5. When jointing of a stock is finished, carefully pick that up from the outfeed table and keep it in a safe place.
6. After finishing the whole task, switch off the jointer. Wait for sometimes and make sure that the cutterhead has stopped spinning. After it stops spinning, disconnect the power supply and clean the jointer and around.
The Final Tip
No matter what you do, concentration is the first thing you need. In case of using a jointer, this is the same. If you want to use a jointer safely, you need to concentrate on it fully. I suggest you not to use a jointer or any other tool when you can’t concentrate on the task.
If you don’t work with proper concentration, there is a huge chance of making some mistakes which can result in big accidents. So, this is my first and final tip- make sure that you are fully concentrated to the task. If you can’t do so, knowing everything about the tool and safety can’t save you from an accident.
Using a tool is not easy, but not that difficult too. I always say. Using the tool with proper safety measures is also more or less the same. The extra thing you need to do is keeping you safe thinking of you and your family.
When you are using a jointer, trying to keep yourself safe is more important because you are working with a tool where a series of blades are spinning at high speed. Though there is a guard to ensure maximum safety, trying to be more concerned about safety won’t cost a lot but will save a lot may be.