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jamsomito

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02-28-2018 01:50 PM

Quick question here – can you smell burning wood through a P100 mask if it’s sealed properly?

I was ripping down some oak boards last night and my blade is in need of a cleaning. There was quite a bit of burning on the cuts. I could smell it slightly through my respirator which caught me off-guard. I am relatively new to woodworking, been using the respirator for about 6 months or so, and I’ve always been surprised by how much I can’t smell with it on. But I’ve never done this much cutting with this much burning before so I wasn’t sure. Just wondering if I should check my fit or if this is normal. Thanks.

EDIT: I should note my dust collection is non-existant. It is very high on the priority list though, already have a dust collector, but I only have 1×15A circuit in the shop so I can’t run it at the same time. Working on code and permit requirements for the electrical upgrade currently.


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Kazooman

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#1 posted 02-28-2018 02:40 PM

A P100 mask is a particle filter mask. It is not designed to remove vapors. You will be able to smell all kinds of things through it, even if it is sealing perfectly.

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#2 posted 02-28-2018 03:01 PM



Quick question here – can you smell burning wood through a P100 mask if it s sealed properly?

But I ve never done this much cutting with this much burning before so I wasn t sure. Just wondering if I should check my fit or if this is normal. Thanks.
- jamsomito

You should double check the alignment of you saw, make sure your fence is parallel with the blade.
Then you should get your blade sharpened or buy a new one. Dull blades can cause accidents.
Be safe!

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 03:22 PM

@Kazooman – thanks. I’m aware it’s just a particle filter. I was hoping that was the case, but wanted to be sure. First noticed that one time when I was in the shop and had to run in to use the bathroom – kept the mask on and the wife was making broccoli – that hit me upside the nostrils!

@jbay – thanks for the suggestion. I just did a project out of oak, albeit a lot smaller one, and there was no burning on that. I think this had to do with handling large boards (my possible error), and some binding as I cut (no riving knife). I’m pretty sure the blade just needs to be cleaned but next time I’m out there I’ll double check alignment. For what it’s worth, I pushed through about 100 linear feet yesterday, what I consider a lot anyway. Some pieces had burning most of the length and some had almost none.

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BoardButcherer

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 04:02 PM

The only perfect personal air filtration system is a full-body bubble-boy setup. No manufacturer has figured out how to make a mask that does a perfect seal around every possible facial structure.

A little bit of dust isn’t going to cripple you by the time you’re 40 either. I wouldn’t worry about things like catching a whiff of wood smoke every now and then. If you’re not coughing up a lung the mask is doing it’s job.

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