Lathe Cabinet and Dust Collection

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Project by djg posted 698 days ago 5575 views 28 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- DJG

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#1 posted 698 days ago

Very neat and orderly looking work space.

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#2 posted 698 days ago

thats an awesome idea for the dust collection, provided you have enough space to work, I really like the cabinet

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#3 posted 698 days ago

Pretty cool solution to a large mess generator.


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#4 posted 698 days ago

I will mainly be using it for turning small spindles so hopefully I will have enought space. I tried to envision using it as I designed the good. However, I haven’t used a lathe yet so maybe I am being overly optimistic! We’ll see….

-- DJG

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#5 posted 698 days ago

Looks like a good setup for your small spindles. I think it is a bit restrictive if you decide to do faceplate turning (bowls etc).

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#6 posted 698 days ago

Very effective and neat as a pin.

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#7 posted 697 days ago

I’m really interested in seeing what happens when you’ll start using it. If you can film yourself making big shavings to show us how it sucks them out, it would be great to post it too so we can check out how efficient your setup is. I had thought about using something a bit similar for my pen lathe but didn’t have the time yet.

And yeah, nice cabinet :)

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#8 posted 697 days ago

Ideal for pen turning and I imagine it will take the fumes away when CA finishing. I aspire to being so tidy but fail miserably. Well done.

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#9 posted 697 days ago

Super nice setup with the tool storage right at hand. I do like that you didn’t put a bottom in the tool drawer, gr8 idea. The dust collection should work fine for smaller spindles, pens, etc.

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#10 posted 697 days ago

this will be copied

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#11 posted 697 days ago

Nice system. Lathes aren’t easy to collect dust from. This looks like it should work well.

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#12 posted 697 days ago

Superclean. I’ve got a big gulp on mine and it does nothing.

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#13 posted 697 days ago

That’s a very nice cabinet. Well done! I really like the dust hood you’ve built. With the curved shape it may perform well for extracting the debris. I have one of those clear plastic dust hoods from woodcraft. The problem with it is that it has a box shape with a flat bottom and the dust doesn’t get picked up. One suggestion I have is to apply an anti-static solution to the plastic which may help. Also I would think if you wax the inside this might help as well. I’ll be very interested in how well it works while turning, please up date us. This is a very ingenious solution to an on going problem and you’ve done a great job on it’s construction. Thanks for posting!

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#14 posted 697 days ago

I really think that the key to dust/chip collection at the lathe is providing enough air flow over the work surface so that the debris becomes entrained in the air stream. This requires focusing the flow around the work piece so the workpiece is in the middle of the air stream. Should work in principle. I’ll be sure to post a video when I start testing it. Maybe it will be a miserable failure…either way I’ll let you all know!

-- DJG

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#15 posted 697 days ago

If the dust collection works half as well as the cabinet looks you should be in great shape. Very nicely done.

-- Bryan

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