17.4.2 Sander Safety

Follow these safety guidelines for working with circular and belt sanders:

  1. Ensure that sanding belts are not too tight or too loose. Never operate a sanding disk if the paper is loose.
  2. Use the correct grade of abrasive material for the job.
  3. Ensure that the distance between a circular sander and the edge of the table is not greater than 1/4 inch.
  4. Do not push materials against sanders with excessive force.
  5. Sand only on the downstroke side of a disk sander.
  6. Do not hold small pieces by hand. Use a jig for pieces that are difficult to hold securely.

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