|Project by djg||posted 08-26-2012 11:43 PM||15546 views||36 times favorited||23 comments|
I purchased an old Rockwell/Beaver lathe about 5 months ago but haven’t used it yet. I have been upgrading dust collection in my shop and knew that dust collection at the lathe would be a challenge so I left it for last. Lots of doors and drawers. It includes several drawers for storing cutting tools and accessories. My attempt at dust collection was taken from a multitude of ideas that I have found while browsing the web. I have attempted to encapsulate the area where I am turning using a 5 gallon bucket cut down in length. The bucket has a 6” port entering through the back which connects to a 3×10 galvanized boot. Boot is attached to a piece of 6” duct that snaps onto another piece of 6” duct that has a long slot cut in it. I can move the boot duct back and forth about 10” so I can always move it where I am turning. I call it a sliding manifold! I haven’t turned on the lathe yet but the port pulls about 950 cfm (measured using a pitot in the duct system). I threw a hand full of dust and heavy chips into the air stream and they all disappeared! Looks like it will work….Hopefully.