• Click on the WORD BANK for fill in the blank questions - there's ALWAYS a "best" answer among those provided
  • READ the question carefully - sometimes you are to choose more than ONE multiple choice answer

Appropriate Use of Tools and Equipment

Why you shouldn't use tools that you haven't been instructed to use - "the Tale of the Chisel"

  • Keep behavior appropriate for a classroom: no running, pushing, fighting, or throwing items.
  • Pay full attention to what you are doing and never distract anyone else when they are working.
  • Report all injuries to the teacher.
  • Keep long hair tied back and do not wear loose clothing.
  • Keep work area clean, clean up spills and clear work area from debris or tools not being used. Use scrap to clear work table.
  • Remember to keep your hands away from the machine’s moving parts.
  • Do not touch any machines that you have not been shown how to use by the instructor.
  • Do not spray compressed air at your (or others) face.
  • Make sure all safety guards are properly adjusted and locked in place.
  • Do not play with any handles, knobs, or adjustments unnecessarily. Report breakage.
  • Always ask permission before using any machine.
  • Only one person operates a machine at one time; everyone else is to remain outside the operator zone.
  • Always turn off machine and wait until all moving parts have come to a complete stop before making any adjustments or walking away from the machine.
  • Never stop any moving parts with your hands or material.
  • Make sure all blades are sharp and tools are in perfect condition.
  • Report any machine trouble or broken tools to the instructor.
  • Always take a comfortable well-balanced stance while using tools and machines; never sit.
  • Don't use a tool if you're unsure how to turn a machine on.
  • Eye protection MUST be worn at ALL times when you are in the Tech Lab. Face shield protects eyes, ears nose and mouth.
  • Students must never enter the room unless the instructor is present.


  • NEVER use a hand tool for any purpose other than it's INTENDED USE!
    • Do NOT disassemble a compound square to make it into a ruler
    • Do NOT use a chisel as a paint scraper or glue applicator
  • NEVER horseplay with a handtool
  • Be sure a portable tool is TURNED OFF before you plug it in
    When you finish using a portable hand tool, be sure to:
    • Unplug it if appropriate
    • Let it cool down, then
    • Return it to it's proper storage location
  • Always keep a proper grip on tools so that they don't slip or fly out of your hands
  • When moving through a room holding a hand tool - Point the business end (tip, blade) of a handtool toward the floor so that it can't accidentally cut someone standing in front or behind you


Tools & Safety Part 1
General Shop Safety
Hand Tools
Finishing Tools
Accessories & Jigs
  • Sandpaper
  • Carpenters Glue

Practical Safety Tests

You will need to demonstrate fundamental skills with each of the machines listed for the following projects:
Part One: Top Project - Band Saw, Drill Press and Disc Sander
Part Two: Frame Project
Part Three: Treasure Box Project

"Dressing Stock" is the process of preparing a rough piece of lumber so that it is of a specific thickness, length and width, and all faces are parallel or at 90 degree angles to each other.

Dressing typically involves four steps:
  1. Selecting
  2. Sawing
  3. Planing
  4. Jointing
    • Getting a Flat Face
    • Preparing a "True" edge
Selecting Stock
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Planer "snipe" occurs when stock first enters the infeed table and has not yet contacted both feed rollers

Further Lessons:
  • Changing a router bit
  • Using Clamps
  • Storing Stock Lumber
  • Making a Fence for the Band Saw Table
  • Soldering

  • Hand Tools
    • Exacto Knife
  • Cordless Hand Drill
  • Glue Gun
  • Soldering Gun

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