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Forum topic by Joeshop posted 08-12-2012 01:05 AM 1950 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2012 01:05 AM

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I was wondering if any of you wood turners had some decent ideas for a lathe shield or how you approached this problem.


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#1 posted 08-12-2012 01:21 AM

On my Jet Mini lathe I have an aftermarket plastic dust collector attachment from Rockler that works ok but not fantastic.

It catches about half of the shavings. I don’t think it would work on a larger lathe. I would think a trough under the bed with a collector hose would work somewhat better.

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 02:02 AM

I have the same one that RetiredCoastie has. It’s not perfect on the shavings but sucks up all the fine dust especially when sanding. My mini’s design doesn’t lend itself to any real efficient shavings collector. I’m more concerned with the fine stuff anyway so I don’t mind the trade off. I’ll be watching to see if anyone comes up with an efficent attachment for shavings. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 03:38 AM

Lathe work has the potential to spray shavings just about anywhere so IMO it is pointless to go looking for a setup that will allow you to throw away your broom. This is not to say that having dust collection is a waste of time – it will catch some of the shavings and, more importantly, it will create a negative airflow that will keep you from working in a cloud of fine dust.

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#4 posted 08-12-2012 04:34 AM

I keep my dc hose close whenever I can. Always for drilling and sanding, sometimes it gets in my way. I clean up often.
A pile of shavings on the floor is too slippery for me, and moving around just keeps it in the air. I also use an air filter.

If you want to keep it off of you when you’re turning, use a fan pointed at you to blow it away.

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#5 posted 08-12-2012 11:15 AM

I gave up trying to catch all the dust. I wear a respirator every time I do anything that makes sawdust. Even running a bandsaw… I also set up a fan to blow the dust away from my work surface and vacuum it up when I’m done.

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#6 posted 08-12-2012 01:21 PM

Thanks guys,

I’ve come to the same solution; I’m going to try one of those deflector hoods; at least it will catch some of the sawdust.


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