A stroke sander can be very handy for precisely and beautifully sanding wood. However, even though this type of sander can be used in any woodworking shop, it can also be a dangerous piece of equipment if it is not handled properly. Luckily, following these tips can help you use your stroke sander as safely as possible.
1. Be Cautious about Moving Parts
The moving parts on your stroke sander are essential so that the machine can get its job done, but, if your hands get in the way, there is a chance that they could be pinched, jammed, or otherwise injured. Make sure that you pay close attention when using your stroke sander, and make sure that you keep your hands away from the moving parts. You should also be careful about wearing loose clothing or jewelry, which can get caught in the sander while it is in use. It can also be helpful to wear fitted gloves, which can help protect your hands from pinches and other injuries from the sander and can also help prevent you from getting any splinters.
2. Protect Yourself from the Dust
The dust from your sander isn't just messy; it can also cause breathing issues if you aren't careful. It is best to use your stroke sander in a ventilated area to help you get plenty of fresh air when you are exposed to the sawdust. If you are going to be working with your stroke sander for an extended period of time or if you are particularly bothered by the dust, it is a smart idea to wear a mask over your nose and mouth to protect yourself.
3. Wear Safety Glasses
It is always smart to wear safety glasses when working with tools like a stroke sander. This can help protect your eyes from the sawdust that can fly up, can help protect you if the sander malfunctions, and more. Plus, you'll be able to move from one job to the next in your woodworking shop knowing that your eyes are properly protected.
There is no reason to stop using a stroke sander just because you are worried about safety. However, when using this handy piece of equipment, it is important to protect yourself. Luckily, following these three tips and following any safety tips that are recommended by the manufacturer can help you stay safe while you are working in your woodworking shop.