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Forum topic by gragian posted 11-17-2009 02:11 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2009 02:11 AM

I’m pretty new to woodworking and turning and was wondering what a good “dust collection” system would be for the lathe I want to get. I’ve read that dust, if left unmanaged, can be hazardous to your health (perhaps even leading to respiratory ailments) and I want to get advice on a product (either bought or made) that would be good to make sure that any dust (especially airborn particles) is kept in check.

It’d be a mini lathe that I’d just be turning pens and (maybe) bowls on, and my “workshop” space is fairly small, perhaps 10’ x 16’ or so.

I’ve looked at products that simply filter the air, systems with hoods for the lathe, and even read about people who attach furnace filters to box fans.

As far as price goes, I’d like to get a quality solution for as cheaply as possible (who wouldn’t, right?). I would like it If I could take care of things for $100 or less, if at all possible.

Given the work I want to do, on a mini lathe, in the space described, what would be your suggestion on a dust collection/management system that won’t break the bank?

Thanks much for any information or advice.

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 02:56 AM

Woodsmith magazine Vol. 16 No. 95 has two home built filters. One uses a 475CFM furnace squirrel cage blower which I have priced at Granger’s for $102.00, filters for about $15.00 and some 3/4” plywood that will handle a shop 20’ X 20’. The smaller filter would handle a smaller shop and is made with a bathroom fan assy. You could probably locate a used furnace blower from an HVAC company for under a hundred and that would make the larger one cheaper.

The box fan and filter is the cheapest way to go for fine particles which are the most harmful. A shop vac with a shop made intake that would mount just behind the lathe would handle the ribbons and debris that the box fan wouldn’t trap.

I would take care of the fine particles first and worry later about the larger ones when you can get a shop Vac. To my knowledge there is no one solution that would take care of all the dust problems big or small. It will take two systems working together to do that.

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 09:06 AM

There are several overpressure mask/blower/filter combos out there. I think they start well under $100.00 and of course climb to astonishing heights. You generally get what you pay for. I personally don’t care to get suited up just to enjoy some shop time so I perfer the DC systems and filtering systems. Think coastie said it best, takes two systems working together. Hope this helps, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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