In response to our recent router post, reader Eli posted another great example of powerful tools wreaking havoc in shop class, and he points us to an excellent article containing safety tips for burgeoning woodworkers.
My shop teacher (Mr. Green, had all his fingers) showed us the effects of table-saw kickback by removing a safety poster from the cinder block wall ten feet behind the saw. The poster was covering a one-foot-diameter hole made by a piece of hard maple. I immediately developed a habit of standing to the side of the blade when cutting.
Below is as good a place as any to start for routers. Pay particular att’n to rule#9, as that’s how you’ll screw up most of your work. The best bit/most useful bit for someone new to routing is probably a simple roundover bit. Also make sure there’s nothing in the path of the router after it leaves the work. It helps to have someone who’s used one intelligently help you set it up and take first passes.
I wonder if the “on the ball” type of instructor would’ve put the poster and router near the hole in the wall to make a point without having to actually go through with it. That definitely sounds like something a shop teacher would do.
Don’t Fear The Router [Do It Yourself]