Wood Carving Merit Badge

CARVING SAFELY

From the wood carving merit badge pamphlet.

Text Box: This is the official - Safety Checklist for Carving.


1 - Personal Maturity and Judgment
Knives and other carving tools are not toys and should never thrown.
At home, carve only with parental permission.
Carve only when you can focus on your work and limit visiting whale carving.
Never bring a knife to school without permission.
Never engage in horseplay around knives.

2 - Caring for Your Tools
Keep your tools and knives sharp and free of rust and dirt.
If you are old enough to use power tools, make sure you understand how to use them properly.
Wear proper gear such as safety glasses and when appropriate, a dust mask.
Store tools in a safe place and away from children.
Never use a knife to pry something open.

3 - Controlling the Work Environment
Use a clamp or bench stop for better control when carving small or oddly shaped objects; use a plastic mat or bench stop for extra control and safety.
Use a clamp to hold down wood using a coping saw.
Use a safe table with a sturdy chair and adequate light.
Cover the table to protect its surface; keep adequate space around you with no one else close enough to bump you.
Keep your elbows on the table for more control so you will be less likely to get cut	.

4 - Handling Knives
Never pass a knife across other people at the table.
Never carve in your lap or near your face.
Take small, well-placed carving strokes that give you more control over your work.
Never “muscle” a project when carving.
Always make sure your knife is sharp. Dull knives are dangerous knives.
Never hammer the top of a knife to make a cut.

5 - Making the Right Choices
Choose the right wood for the project.
Start with simple projects.
When laying out projects, have plenty of space for cutting them out.