Router bits are relatively small and don’t seem like they could do a lot of damage; however, using a router improperly could result in an injury. Follow these basic tips to keep safe when using your router table.
Always wear safety glasses when operating a table router, even if you’re just making a quick change. You should also protect your ears if you spend more than a minute or two at your router table.
Use a piece of featherboard to support the stock that you are cutting, especially if it is a large piece.
Always use push blocks to keep your hands a safe distance from the router bits at work. This rule applies even if you’re making one simple cut.
Avoid making heavy cuts and climb-cuts, which can cause kickback from your router. These types of cuts make injury more likely over time.
Never ever start your router with the bit in contact with the stock. Always start the router before positioning the stock using push blocks and featherboard if necessary.