Student has completed all of their safety forms and passed with a minimum of 70%

Table Saw

The saw blade projects 1/4" above the stock or enough to clear the common gullets.

During a rip cut, student never reaches over the blade with any body part.

Student uses a push stick when ripping pieces that are 6" or less in width.

When ripping stock, the student is in control of the material between the fence and blade and pushed past the blade all the way onto the out feed table.


Student ensures that the guard is over the knives at all times.

Student keeps all body parts at least 6" from the cutter head.

Student uses a push stick or push block when face-jointing flat pieces of stock or for edge-jointing any piece lower than the height of the fence.

Student never joints the face of stock less than 1/4" thick.

Student NEVER joints end grain!


Student does not remove more than 1/32" of wood at one time.

Student only planes material that is longer than the distance between the in-feed and out-feed rollers.

Student does NOT plan stock to less than 1/4" thick.

Student does NOT plan stock with large cracks or loose knots.

Student always planes wood with the grain, never across or perpendicular to the grain. (Planer will shred the wood)

If stock gets stuck, the student: a) Gently pushes the stock into the planer; Do not overly force the material b) Shift the stock at a slight angle if the first suggestion doesn't work. c) Lower the table 1/8 turn of the adjustment wheel and repeat A and B again. d) Do NOT turn the power off while stock is in the planer.

Mitre Saw

Student removes scrap and other foreign items from the machine before operating the saw.

Student makes sure that piece to be cut is firmly against the table and fence before cutting and that they allow the blade to reach full speed before cutting.

Student always maintains a 6" margin of safety between all body parts and the blade.

Student waits until blade has completely stopped before removing chips, scraps or cut offs from the table.

Band Saw

Student adjusts the upper guide and guard to about 1/4" above the stock while the machine is at a full stop.

Student allows the saw to reach full speed before they feed their work into it.

Students carefully plan their cuts, making lay outs and relief cuts before cutting long curves or curves of small radii.

Student is away of the blade when removing scrap material from the band saw table.

Student always maintains a 4" margin of safety when working with their fingers close to the blade.

Drill Press

Student removes the chuck key before turning the power on and before leaving the area of the drill press.

Student uses clamps or a drill vide whenever necessary to secure small or odd shaped work firmly.

Student keeps hands away from the rotating spindle.

Student stops the drill press before removing their work.

Combination Sanding Station

Student holds work securely.

Student keeps their fingers 2" away from the abrasive at all times.

Student keeps stock moving to avoid overheating the abrasive material.

Student Sign Off

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.