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Safety Tip: Rehearse the Cut

Before you do any operation in the shop, rehearse it. Think about what you are going to do. Put your hands in the position you will use to perform the operation (with the machine off). If it feels at all unsafe, rethink it. If a piece you are about to machine on a router table has any chance of being torn out of your hands or having your hands pulled into the bit, think of another way to hold it, such as a hand screw. Do what you need to in order to keep your hands safe.

This is a lesson I learned the hard way. I hope you learn the lesson the easy way by taking this to heart.

Barry Saltsberg- Plainview, NY

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