Dust collector vs. Poplar stench

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Forum topic by PeteMoss posted 11-10-2010 04:57 PM 2071 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2010 04:57 PM

This question is actually about dust collection, but I will use poplar as an example because it has the wierd smell when you cut it. In my shop I have a fairly new 3HP cyclone dust collector, which has a HEPA filter. When it is hooked to my planer it captures all of the visible dust (maybe all of it, I don’t know). But when planing a lot of poplar for example you can still smell the room fill with that poplar dust odor. So dust (or whatever odors come from) are still escaping into the room, either from the tool or through the filter. Is this normal, or does it indicate an issue with my filter/collection setup? Thanks.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 05:11 PM

smell is actually gasses in the air, and not dust so it does not indicate of any issues with the DC.

think of it – you can also smell fruits, BBQ, and some less appetizing things – yet they do not produce dust in the air.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 05:37 PM

Now milling and sanding cherry – makes you want to BBQ (with the shavings). Be mindful of walnut, it is an irritant – even the smell can bother some, the dust for sure.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 05:56 PM

The smell is most likely evaporated volatile oils (Essential oils) and would probably need a activated carbon filter to be removed. These oils are sometimes harvested and used in perfumes and incense and so on. Some smell nice, some smell bad.

-- Jani, a Neanderthal woodworker in Sweden.

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 08:35 PM

Thanks all. I feel better about it now.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 09:19 AM

I’ve never noticed a weird smell with Poplar and I work with it a lot.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 01:36 PM

Maybe the poplar smell is a personal taste type of thing. Strangely, I had used poplar faced plywood for a long time before I used solid poplar. The plywood always gave off an odd odor when cut. I always assumed it was the smell of the glue or binders or something in it. Nope, solid poplar was the same smell. I guess it’s probably not that bad of a smell if you didn’t already have it in your mind that that was what the chemist smelled like who glued your plywood together.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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