Working with raw wood holds its fair share of hazards. Throughout this book, we will discuss the use of various tools—tools that can be hazardous if you aren’t careful. If it cuts wood, it can certainly cut you. We will also talk about moving logs that may be large and heavy, which can be a dangerous task. Before diving into the hands-on portions of the book, it is prudent for us explain the dangers and how to avoid them just as an experienced woodworker would do in the shop when instructing a novice.


The most common issues that arise from these hazards can be broken into two main categories: acute and chronic. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to problems causing immediate ...

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