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Instruction and Safety


When members join they sign our induction form stating they are responsible for their own safety - but that doesn't mean we can't help each other become more safe in the shop. The links below provide useful safety and skill briefings… and to quote Norm Abrams (American woodworker)

Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools PROPERLY will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule... [Norm points to his glasses.] ...than to wear THESE... safety glasses...

Jonathan Katz-Moses table saw safety video  - 

Jonathan also has a significant library of instructional videos such as;

Dovetails -

Joint of the week

Wood Turning   

Kent Weakley's YouTube Channel 'Turn a Wood Bowl' is a good source of informational videos regarding lathe work. 

Stumpy Nubs Shop Safety Videos

Safe table saw usage  -   

Rip cuts -​

Crosscutting -

Another machine that gets a fair bit of use in the Shed is our band saw. It has become apparent that there are as many different ideas about how to set this machine up as there are members :) .  Mike Thorpe spotted the following YouTube video which provides an easy guide to setting up a band saw.

Alex Snodgrass Band saw videos

Band Saw Clinic -

Chris Tribe 

Chris Tribe, a well known furniture maker and woodworking teacher in Ilkley entered semi-retirement this year and has no uploaded a series of woodworking videos on his website. I have found Chris' courses quite useful over the past several years - many of you may be aware I recently attended one of his courses to build a work bench.