5 essential tips for teaching safe routing
Although basic router safety procedures may be second nature to you, they're likely to be new to a beginning woodworker. Review these precautions with the novice, and be sure he or she understands them before routing the parts' edges.
- Make sure the router bit, cutting-depth lock, and router-table fence are secure.
- Position split fences as close as possible to the bit to reduce exposure, and keep hands safely away from the bit.
- Wear safety glasses or goggles and hearing protection.
- Remove all jewelry and loose clothing. Wear a short-sleeve shirt or roll up long shirtsleeves.
- Hold the workpiece securely against the fence, and feed it slowly and steadily from right to left against the bit's rotation.