|Forum topic by ctjim||posted 04-05-2016 12:11 PM||733 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
04-05-2016 12:11 PM
Hi everybody – brand new member here and I’m hoping you can help with a dust collection question.
I’m a weekend warrior type looking to get more into woodworking – to date, I’ve really just done small home renovation projects (building a garbage hutch, molding, etc). I finally decided to get more organized and setup a proper workbench in my basement. I started that project yesterday and am concerned by the dust situation.
My basement is made up of a main area measuring 25’ x 17’ and a smaller area off to the side measuring 8’ x 11’. The small area is where our water heater and washer/dryer are – it is not closed off from the main area at all. In the main area we have an oil tank and our furnace. Water heater is electric, furnace is oil with forced air heat. No central air. There are also two crawl spaces but I don’t have dimensions at the moment.
The basement has a few windows but they do not open. There is one door leading up to a sunroom. Directly above the basement is our living room, and there are two air return grates in the basement ceiling.
As mentioned, I’m not doing heavy duty work right now – I’m at a very small scale. My commonly used tools are a Bosch 10” portable table saw, a P-C 690 router, a DeWalt 10” miter saw, and a handheld drill. I also have other hand-held power tools (jigsaw, circular saw, sander, etc).
I’m mostly worried about the dust created when using my power saws and router (any sanding I would try and do outside). Currently I hook the saws’ dust ports up to my shopvac. The router has no dust port so I just vacuum up afterwards.
My main worry is the tiny particles I can’t see, along with dust getting into the furnace and getting blown through the house. I’m probably going to get one of the Jet AFS-1000B air cleaners—likely overkill, but I think the peace of mind would be worth it.
Do you think the shopvac is sufficient as a DC system for my small tools and weekend usage? If not, is there a small scale DC I can buy that won’t cost an arm and a leg? And is an air cleaner like the Jet worthwhile in my situation, or am I wasting my $$?
Thanks for all the help!