Early lessons in sawdust control.....

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Forum topic by DocGrins posted 09-16-2015 12:28 PM 804 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2015 12:28 PM

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Ok the simple principal I’ve learned now is that “Sawdust is to lumber as snowfall is to water”. In other words a few inches of water can equal a few feet of snow. Last night I started planning 9 boards 19”x 10” x 5/16” down to 1/4” stock. When I started the bag in my dust collector was about 1/2 full. I didn’t look at it again until I was done. When I realized the bag was full I opened the top (the filter canister) to see how full it was. I found the filter canister also about 1/2 full with a small hole in the center where the air was still blowing sawdust up inside. I calculated that about 2 board feet of lumber must equal …..about 19 cubic feet of sawdust! LOL! The comedy here is going to be cleaning this mess up. Anybody got a snow shovel I can borrow?

Obviously from now on I’ve learned my lesson…..and I’ll keep one eye on the level of the bag in the dust collector. But MAN what a messy way to learn THAT lesson! grin

-- DocGrins, Pendleton Indiana

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 12:40 PM

My next tool purchase is going to be a deplaner. You put the sawdust in a hopper and a fresh board comes out the other end.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 04:06 PM

Charlie, that’s genius ! I could replace all my screw-ups!

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 04:59 PM

Deplaner? Last time I checked, that is called a particle board press.

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 02:28 AM

My next tool purchase is going to be a deplaner. You put the sawdust in a hopper and a fresh board comes out the other end.

- CharlieM1958

My dad’s mules used to eat the corral. He always wondered if they would poop 2×4s if they had nothing but sawdust to eat?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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