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Workshop safety #1: Workshop fire – averted . . . and a “whuf” question

08-22-2016 05:37 PM by lightweightladylefty | 11 comments »

In the process of making a jig, I routed a dado for T-track in recycled plywood. Since my trim router was already set up with a ¾” straight bit, I used it – making four shallow passes 9” long and a total depth of 3/8”. After each pass I stopped and vacuumed the sawdust. After the final pass when I started to vacuum, I saw burning embers and immediately stopped vacuuming. (You can see the burn remaining in the dado in the photo above.) I knocked the sawdust out of the dado and onto the concrete floor, removed the filter from the shop vac, and dumped the contents of the vac on the compost pile. Then out of an abundance of caution, I sprayed the pile with the garden hose even though I...

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