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Forum topic by lighthearted posted 07-29-2010 04:15 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2010 04:15 PM

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Hi all-
So I have several projects that are complete and now require finishing. I plan to stain one project, clear coat another and try my hand at shallak on yet another. To be honest I have convinced my very talented wife to “assist” me (read: do it for me!).
But my question is about dust. I don’t know about your shop, but mine tends to get dusty. Who knew?!
Of course, I have a dust collector and just invested in a filtration device, but I am concerned about dust build up on something like a table drying with shallak on it. My shop is in a basement/garage. I don’t really have the space for a spray booth. Is outside an option…pollen? Am I over thinking this?
Thoughts and suggestions are always appreciated.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 04:25 PM

no you are not over thinking it – this is a good point to consider BEFORE putting on the finish and later finding it is filled with dust as a glitter effect (mostly unwanted effect for woodworking).

currently I’m working in the garage, but when I finish anything – I bring it to the basement where I do my finishing without having the sawdust.

Before our current place, I only had a basement/garage (1 port) and did everything there. before finishing, I would clean up and vacuum the entire place as best I could – floors, walls, tools, and whatnot (didn’t have a lot so it wasn’t too bad), and then I would setup a finishing table with the pieces on top of it – worked pretty well.

Unless you are spraying – you dont really ‘need’ a booth. although a box fan to take the air/smell out of the basement is a good idea – also don’t forget a respirator.

Another thing to consider is to use wipe on finish for the clear coat – it’ll dry faster, so it’ll have less time for dust to settle on it. the Shellac should dry rather fast (alcohol bases) so you’d have less trouble with that one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 04:33 PM

On the bright side shellac dries very fast, it doesnt leave much time for dust to settle on it.

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 05:41 PM

If your going to finish outside, I put up one of the blue tarps you can buy real cheap. Just be sure the humidity isn’t high when you go to finish. The only draw back about outdoor finishing is insects. I have sprayed, brushed and wiped on finishes outdoors. As PurpLev said if your going to do it in the shop, vacuum from top to bottom. For a temporary Spray booth You could put up a 4×4 square plastic booth near a window with a explosion proof fan to vent. Don’t use a regular fan when spraying oil based finishes.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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