A journey into the workshop. #34: Getting sick of standing shin deep in shavings...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-30-2009 06:23 PM 1499 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: Fixing the rip fence, and almost finishing the extension wing. Part 34 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 35: Found the floor. Need to rest, and try again tomorrow.... »

The rush to get projects done for Christmas is finally over, family demands are back to normal, I have a little bit of time to get out into the shop and do some cleanup…

But where’s the floor? I know there is a floor in here SOMEWHERE…

Let’s see, those long shavings would drop right down into the dust bin instead of going on to the DC right? Sure…

You get where I am going with this?

I finally had the time to do some cleanup after the mess of projects got done, the tools are up, and I attempted some pickup of my shop floor by sucking everything up, long shavings, packing peanuts, you name it with the DC…

This was NOT my best idea…

Simply put, the long shavings from the cutting board (many of them 20” or better, and REALLY curly) got into the Thien cyclone, wrapped around uprights, and filled up the drop slot, making the separator impossible to function, so most of the stuff bypassed to the DC, but got caught on the cross bar of the inlet!.

So here I am scratching my head wondering why did my DC suddenly lose suction? I go and look, the hose between the Thien and the DC is jam packed with packing peanuts and planing shavings…

So I thought I overran the dust bin. I pop the top on the barrel, work the baffle out, and find it was just the baffle / lid that was jammed. I cleared the jam, cleared the hose, and intake Y on the DC. They I looked, barrel at about 75% full again, time to empty it. (Who wants to life a full 55 gallon drum of sawdust right?)

I shove as much shavings, and packing peanuts into the barrel as I can, and take it outside, where I can work a contractor trash bag over the mouth of the drum, then flip it to transfer the contents… Nice, easy, dust free right?


So the bag slipped on, pretty snug, and mind you there was a slight breeze last night… Holding on to the barrel around where the bag is, I flipped it, no problem…

Slowly, Carefully I work the bag off of the drum, and then set the drum down…

That’s when it happened… Something in the bag settled, and a mushroom cloud of wood dust came billowing up, being caught by the just then shifting breeze, and carried from the driveway, through the open garage door, and back into the workshop.

So the bag got tied off and taken to the curb, the drum got taken back into the shop, the shop door got closed, and the fan / filter air filter rig got turned on.

Guess that means that was enough cleaning for last night…

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 06:30 PM

I’ve always wondered how it would be to put the bag in the barrel when it was MT. Then just pull the bag out, right???

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 06:36 PM

I’m not sure, Wouldn’t the DC suck the bag up? I might try to see what the results are…

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 06:39 PM

hmmm… what dust in the shop, stays in the shop.

at least it’s not happening on a daily basis (or is it?)

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 06:47 PM

I turn stuff, a lot of stuff, I also have a trim carpenter freind. He hates coming in to my garage, cause those shavings are all over the place. I get around to picking them up or at least getting most of it everyother day, but he always stops by when they are at the deepest, after roughing out a 12 inch bowl or 2 or 3 or 4. Its a mess I get it, but it is part of the whole process, the shavings are a good place to store peices that waiting their turn to turn. Helps keep em from cracking, you know. They perform a function, also a soft place for a dropped gouge to land or a vessel near completion that spins of a loose chuck. They are good, I let them dry for a day or 2 before burning them, unless I am turning just for smoke fuel to cook with. Anyway, he has a tendancy to downplay the cleanliness of my shop ( garage), so I ask him to go ahead and sweep the floor , quicker then complaining about it. One of these days I bet he will grab a broom and a bag, until then I wade in shavings and I love it. It means my technique is good, clean cuts, bevels are rubbing, gouges are sharp.

Thanks for giving me a place to vent.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 06:56 PM

Actually, if it weren’t for the packing peanuts, it would have all been an easy sweep up…

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 06:58 PM

dbhost – you could put a wood/metal frame that will keep the bag down in the barrel, and pull the frame out before tying the bag up.

the frame is real simple, much like a picture frame – since you want to be able to pull it out when the bag is full. all it needs to do is keep the bag from being sucked up.

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 07:50 PM

Andrew thanks for the tip…using the chips for a smoker I been wanting to make one..I know what you mean about the volume of chips from turning it adds up quick like planers do but out of control in flight
Happy New Year to all

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 09:06 PM

the inside of my B-Bears are filled with expanding foam – good place to throw all of my shavings and old foam bits into too. Adds to the weight.


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#9 posted 12-31-2009 11:26 PM

Okay, I am gonna ask. What are B-Bears?

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#10 posted 12-31-2009 11:35 PM

Keep a good magnet about the floor or in the base of your shop vac. You’d be surprised what will show up. Besides the gathering of nails, screws and staples you may find that missing 1/64 or 1/16th drill bit. Maybe find that star screw tip,nail set or frog screw from your plane you couldn’t find.

Yep my magnets about the shop have kept me from throwing away a lot of things.

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