Being comfortable with power tools.

The oh so daunting power tool. I’m not saying a specific kind, drills, chop saws, table saws, sanders, etc. I’m talking about in general. Whether it is the loud noises, sometimes awkward to hold or the fact that there is a blade on the end that could do some damage, many of these power tools come off as scary.

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Circular saw on wood pile. Photo by Jon Sailer on Unsplash

Don’t fear, there are ways to become comfortable using power tools.   

Read the instructions.

When you purchase a power tool or tool kit, they often come with an instruction guide, do not toss this little handy booklet in the trash. In the guide is everything you need to know about how to safely use and adjust your tool.

Watch Videos.

There are hundreds of videos on YouTube explaining the specs and how to use tools. Many of which show tips and tricks the user has learned or uses regularly.

Use the correct Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Always and I mean always user personal protection equipment. Some of these include safety glasses, gloves, earplugs, full length clothing and close toed shoes. Each tool is different, some require more PPE than others!  Being correctly suited up for a project makes you feel safe in turn, making you more comfortable with the tools.

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Boy learning how to use a chop saw. Photo by Vance Osterhout on Unsplash

Find a teacher.

I had the luxury of an awesome dad that has taught me everything I know. I also have friends, family and schoolteachers that would be happy to show me how to use a tool or complete a project. This doesn’t always have to be someone you know- when you get into the hobby fields there are many in person classes on painting, woodworking, and metal working can be taken. In these classes you are taught what tools are needed for a project and how to use them. (I am thinking about venturing out for a class or two very soon.)

Know your limits and never be afraid to ask for help.

If you’ve got a handle on a few tools, drills, sanders, etc. but are not entirely confident with the big ones, like table saws, you must know when to stop. Things will always get worse when you are uncomfortable with a tool or situation. Take your time, do some more research, or ask a friend. There are times where a piece of wood is too big, or an item is difficult to hold. It is okay to need help!  

I am not a professional these are just some tips and realizations I have had when learning how to use power tools. If you have any questions, concerns, or tips to add please email me or comment down below!

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