Use hold-down (double-handed) push blocks. These keep hands well away from the cutting head.
Maintain an adequate amount of downward and forward force with push blocks as the knife blades on a revolving cutting head can take the stock from an operator's hands.
Figure 1 - Planer
Figure 2 - Jointer
What should you avoid when using a jointer or planer?
Do not cut stock that has loose knots, splits, defects or foreign objects (e.g., metal stone) in it.
Do not leave the machine running unattended. Shut off the power and make sure that the cutting head has stopped revolving before leaving the area.
Do not make cuts deeper than .3 cm (1/16") in one pass.
Do not join (edge) stock of pieces less than 30 cm (12") long, 2 cm (3/4") wide and less than .6 cm (1/4") thick.
Do not surface stock less than 30 cm (12") long, 2 cm (3/4") wide or more than 15 cm (6") wide or less than 1.5 cm (5/8") thick.
Do not pass hands near or over the cutters.
Do not remove dust or particles of wood from a table by hand or with compressed air. Use a stick or brush.
Do not wear loose clothing, work gloves, neckties, rings, bracelets or other jewellery that can become entangled with moving parts.
Document last updated on July 2, 2019
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