My Beginning Days #3: Dust

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Blog entry by Kaa162 posted 12-18-2013 01:54 AM 955 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So until we move, the only dust collection I have is two shop vans. They do a fine job as long as I remember to turn them on. I also wear a mask and dust goggles. To top it off I have a box fan with furnace filters on it. For the most part I am good to go, however, the worst happens if I forget a step. Apparently, I am allergic to the dust. Not epi pen allergic! but I get respitory issues, sinus issues, and my eyes swell up and turn red. It’s really not much of a treat, although I look hilarious. I have the most issues with the table saw as it kicks up the most dust and my shop vac does little to help. I know there are a million ways I could improve my DC, but like I said, we are moving soon. I actually own a 2 hp Grizzly DC, but with only a month left untIl we put the house up for sale…why bother.

Interestingly enough, I decided to post this because I listened to a podcast about dust being a common cause of cancer among woodworkers. Seemed pretty scary and made me really think about my future DC system. I definitely will be getting the Grizzly up and running, but also need to get some filtration going. The box fan is fine, and I may continue to use them as a back up, but I’ll definitely need to get an air filter system mounted to the ceiling. I’ve seen ones made from old blower motors from a furnace…thoughts? Possibly a waste of time? I have a blower motor from the house we are moving into since I replaced the furnace (it’s my wife’s father’s home who built it). I could use that if need be. I’m also going to need to upgrade my mask. Woodcraft sells a pretty decent washable mask that is proven effective @ 1.0 micron. That’s better than my 5 micron bag, which also needs upgraded.

It’s imperative that I’m functional at work and not looking like I’ve been kicked in the face. I’m also not looking to sign up for lung cancer from inhaling saw dust. The good thing is that when I told my wife that this was an issue, her answer was well get what you need! Really??? How about a new table saw, jointer, planer? All would help! Haha.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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