techniques #3: PVC tube with hinged doors as lathe dust collector

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 02-08-2010 04:21 AM 4306 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was watching a YouTube video of a guy in Downtown Disney turning a baseball bat, and noticed he had a pretty simple and cool dust collection setup that’s easy to make, simple to use, and low-profile. Check it out.

I’d embed the video, but I’m not sure how to cue it up to exactly the right location as I can with a link.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 04:28 AM

I guess I missed the dust collection part.

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 04:29 AM

So what was he turning… I was too busy looking at the PVC pipe and the little doors…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 04:34 AM

That’s cool. I just need a lathe.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 04:39 AM

That is pretty cool!! I worry about sanding with the tool rest in place, however.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 05:18 AM

wow… that is an excellent idea. To bad my dust control consists of a 15 year old shop vac :/ I don’t know if it would be able to provide enough to make that effective.

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 05:34 AM

Jim – it was pulling the fine particles out of the air. The larger stuff of course was getting all over as usual :)

lew – I always move the tool rest well out of the way as well

interpim – It would probably help with the finest particles. I’ve noticed just setting a shop vac hose end behind the lathe when sanding is enough to keep me from sneezing and keep the air nice and clear. All depends on the HP of the vac, of course.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 02-08-2010 05:53 AM

Looks like a great idea to me, Thx Gary,

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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