|Forum topic by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 07-28-2015 04:32 PM||1466 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
07-28-2015 04:32 PM
I make cutting boards. Currently, I’m making a lot of them … and the hand sanding part of the process isn’t working for me.
I sand all surfaces to 320 grit, which means I’m generating a lot of fine dust. When I’m sanding, dust is everywhere.
When I’m sanding, Pigpen has nothing on me. I’m surrounded by a dust cloud all day … even when I go into the house. My wife loves this part of the process, believe me.
I have a 1-1/2 hp dust collector, and use always use it with my larger tools. When I switch to hand sanding, though, it’s not set up to be helpful.
I use a Bosch ROS65VC for flat surfaces (love that tool!) and a much lighter Bosch ROS20VSK for edges. For a while I used the 20 hooked up to the big dust collector (overkill!), but that honestly didn’t seem to be that helpful. When I’m sanding edges, holding the cutting board upright, the exhaust of the fan in the ROS is as likely to blast the dust away as the suction is to pick it up.
I recently started using a DIY solution: a box fax with a 20×20 filter on the end of my workbench. See a photo essay on how that works, as well as a good idea of what my workspace in full sanding mode looks like, here: DIY: Air Cleaning System.
However, that low tech solution isn’t really solving the problem. Dust is still going everywhere. I’m considering building a down draft table … and running the 1-1/2 hp dust collector all day when I go to the ROS’s. I would just as soon avoid that day-long aural assault, if possible.
The second solution I’m considering is to ditch the on-board dust collection receptacles for the ROS’s, and going to a HEPA filter shop vac that’s attached to them. This idea is pricey … and another tool in a crowded shop.
What’s a good solution? What the BEST solution?
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com