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09-20-2012 08:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector accident tips sawdust

Today, I was at the table saw, sizing some 5/4 oak to prep it for the planer. All of a sudden my whole shop is engulfed with sawdust…so thick that I could barely see the table saw. I killed the saw and tried to figure out what the heck was going on. Couldn’t see, could barely breathe! Well, the only thing running was the dust collector, so I found the switch and killed the power. Once the dust settled, I discovered that the upper bag on the dust collector had blown off. Evidently, I hadn’t tightened it enough last time I dumped the bags (which was about a week ago). Holy cow, what a mess! I’ve had that collector for 20 years and never had that happen. Spent about 2 hours getting the place cleaned up. Unbelievable how fine the dust was. Anyone else have a strange thing happen in the shop?

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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 09:35 PM

The stangest thing to ever happen in my shop was…....
I finish a project!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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404 - Not Found

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 09:51 PM

Slicing some olive ash veneers at the moment, sparks coming off the blade, no metal anywhere in the wood…

never saw nuthin like it before.

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 11:30 PM

ONCE upon a time, I was cutting a sheet of 1/4” plywood on the table saw and I must have decided to make it into a flying saucer, because it took off and flew across the shop. No harm done, except due to the alien abduction, I got some grey hair over night. Does this count?

P.S. I know that kick back is no laughing matter, but it did teach me a lesson that I still remember each time I turn the TS on. Any time I can learn something that quickly is definitely weird for me. ;/

-- Art

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cdaulton

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 02:29 AM

I had the exact same thing happen to me at my last duty station. We had a big industrial three bag unit that sat for several years before I finally installed it so it was missing a couple of clamps. I put the clamps we had on the bag closest to the motor and turned it on (with no other machines running). It worked ok for a few days then the far bag popped off and turned the shop into a dust cloud. I found some long black zip ties and strung a few together to clamp down the remaining two bags. It worked great for a couple of months till the third bag came off again. I redid the zip ties and it held till I left.

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AJswoodshop

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 02:33 AM

One time I spilled my shop vac. I could hardly breath, so I ran outside, and waited until the dust settled. Then about 30 min later, I cleaned up the shop.

It was a bad experience, thankfully it was just a shop vac, not a dust collector!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Cole Tallerman

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 02:41 AM

I was making a cut on my table saw and the big glass doors were open into my backyard and suddenly a huge piece of firewood landed right at the foot of the door with a loud thump. to this day i have no clue where it came from as no one was home.

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 03:37 AM

i actually cut a board to the right length the first time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Loren

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 03:54 AM

Just yesterday, reaching 7 ft overhead to pull out a little plastic
drawer of lock washers, an alligator lizard crawled out of the
drawer, over my hand and on to the bench.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 04:07 AM

The strangest thing that ever happened to me, by far, is one time one of my cuts actually came out perfectly square….....or was my homemade pressboard square off…..hmmmmm

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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