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03-09-2010 06:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question scroll saw dust extractor

Ok, i have this problem. I use a scroll saw heaps and instead of blowing the sawdust away I prefer to suck it up. I initially used a plain old vacume but decided to get a large, better extractor instead.
We have made a floorless wooden box out of chip board in the hopes that that would have cut the niosy drone out. But it only did so slightly. My other thoughts were to put something on the insides of the box but I didn’t want the possibility of getting the machine too hot and have problems arise from that. The other thing is I really would prefer to spend less rather than more on solving this problem. My cheap way out so far is that I wear ear muffs, but really, I would prefer to listen to music instead of monotonous drone.

Any ideas how to overcome this slightly annoying problem?????

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 07:04 AM

I put mine outside of the wall in a small shed lined with soundboard. Soundboard comes in 4’x8’ sheets and is about 1/2” thick. The sheets are pretty inexpensive. If it is still to loud a layer of soundboard some 1”x2” stripping (furring) and a another layer of soundboard. The airspace left between the layers will deaden the sound dramatically.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 07:07 AM

Hi, Theresa,
I owe you a couple of emails but I have been under the `weather` lately with the heat & humidity amongst other things, and have not been able to do `anything`. Can you email me, directly, a photo of your new dust extractor & `the box` then I may be able to help you. Alternatively, you can get a longer hose & put the extractor in the other half of your workshop, or outside.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 10:12 AM

Hi Theresa, Would be great is we could get music through the ear muffs which get uncomfortable after awhile. Solved some of my noise problems with a longer hose and I work outside in summer (hose through window of shed).

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 10:14 AM

Isolation and sound proofing material,like maybe some fiberglass insultion, should help a lot.

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 11:27 AM

This guy’s solution could help you with your problem

part two

part three

I wish this was on one video.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 03:14 PM

You could line your box with 1/2” insullation board. Cut a retangle hole and put a heat register cover over it. A friend of mine did this and it really made a difference.

God Bless

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 05:39 AM

Thanx everyone and tommy for putting the u tube video’s on. I can see by that the noise is substantially quieter. My dust extractor is in a similar box but floorless, maybe I should think about making a solid box with air holes.
If that doesn’t work I might chuck it out side!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 04:16 AM

I use these. Gotta have item when working with a chainsaw, cutting grass, etc, as well as when running a planer, TS, BS, Shop vac.

You can also find them at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.


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#9 posted 03-11-2010 10:11 AM

such a good idea, gofor. I think I will look into those!

-- Theresa,

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