Lighting the Workpiece

Many woodworking techniques specifically use light as an aid. For example, saw sharpening requires that light be directed so that it bounces oft" the bevel of the teeth. Marking our with a pencil and square requires that the light come from the same side as the pencil hand. Chopping a mortise requires that the light illuminates the front of the blade where the wood is being cut. If you are new to woodworking, it is a good idea to plan your workshop initially so that there is a minimum of fixed light sources, and then you can add extra lighting when you more fully understand your needs.

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