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Lathe Safety

Safe, effective use of a wood lathe requires study and knowledge of procedures. To avoid injury and make your turning experience as satisfying as possible, the AAW has many resources to help you understand and use safe practices.

While common sense should prevail, these standards will help you gain awareness of the many facets of woodturning safety and what to be on the lookout for as you gain experience. In addition, safety guidelines from an experienced instructor, video, or book are also good sources in important safety procedures. Stay alert. Watch what you are doing. Know your capabilities and limitations. An experienced woodturner is capable of lathe speeds, techniques, and procedures not recommended for beginning turners. Don’t operate machines when you are tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Safety Guidebook for Woodturners is a complimentary 24-page booklet for AAW Guests and members to help you understand and use safe practices. These standards will help you gain awareness of the many facets of woodturning safety and what to be on the lookout for as you gain experience. The booklet also contains a selection of bonus articles to help get the beginner started. View/download booklet.

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