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Easy clean up from turning #1: Easy clean up from Turning

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Blog entry by WildmanJack posted 06-20-2014 09:36 PM 1256 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have to admit that I am the laziest person in the world when it comes to cleaning up my shop after a day of wood turning. About a week ago I saw a “floor sweep” that i had picked up at a garage sale. It’s one of those black plastic things that you can hook up to your shop vac or dust collector. I never used it as a floor sweep (go figure) but I thought, HMMMMM maybe I could use this to minimize the clean up from my lathe. So I screwed ti to the lip under my bench and directly in front of my bench top lathe. hooked up my dust collector and man does it help clean up. You can actually see the chips coming from the wood being sucked into the “floor sweep” . Now the only drawback I have found is that if I drop something it would be sucked into my dust collector. So I fastened a piece of 1/4 ” hardware cloth over the floor sweep and now only the chips and dust get sucked into the dust collector bag. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow…

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.



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stefang

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 08:32 AM

Sounds good, I’d like to see it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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WildmanJack

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 07:42 PM

Here’s a shot, I took off the hardware cloth so you could see the floor sweep better. This shot was taken after turning 6 pens. You can still see some chips, but not anywhere near as bad as it should be. Oh yeah and I added some of those really powerful magnets to hold my pen bushings..

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 06:17 AM

If you mount the hose next to your tool rest you will have very little cleanup to worry about. I can clamp it right next to the tool rest and it collects about 95% of the chips and about 99.9% of sanding dust but sometimes gets in the way. If I clamp it about 4-6 inches from the tool rest it’s out of the way but collects about 75-80% of the chips and about 98% of the dust.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 12:43 PM

Hmm, never thought of that. Thanks, that will work a lot better!

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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