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Forum topic by Halling51 posted 12-29-2008 10:05 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2008 10:05 PM

Hi all.

I have been a member just a little time. I read with interest all there is written one the sites.

I see a lot of wonderful things before the project – when it is made – after sanding and then a ready handmade product.
All is beautiful things and I really enjoy it. Thanks to all of you for sharing it with me and everyone else.


I have one question that I have wondered about for a long time. Where is all the dust in those wonderful workshops?

When I make something there is always dust in almost every corner of my workshop! I use tubes all over to get rid of it but still I have a lot.

Please tell me how you do it?

Happy New Year from NORWAY. -25 at the moment.


-- Steinar, Norway - - Nothing is impossible! Just the impossible takes longer time! Hegner SE

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 10:22 PM

dust? what do you mean dust? unlike so many rumors – THERE IS NO DUST IN WOOD WORKING.

there are shavings ;)

jokes aside – we all get dust when we work, some more, some less, but all do get dust. the better your dust-collection setup is – the less dust you’ll get, but still – you’ll get some dust.

I think that many people here take pictures AFTER CLEANING the workshops, so you dont see much dust- but everyone gets it.

do a search on dust-collection, and dust-collectors – worth it’s weight in gold! AND HEALTHIER TOO

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

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 10:37 PM



So it is – cheating just to look nice!

I do have a dust collector and some very good pipes attached to it. I was just wondering as the pictures almost never show dust in the corners. Hi!

“Nothing is impossible – just the impossible takes longer time.”

-- Steinar, Norway - - Nothing is impossible! Just the impossible takes longer time! Hegner SE

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 02:16 AM

I’m often kidded with comments like; Are you ever going to cut anything on these tools? ,,,,,,and….. When are you going to start using your shop?.

I’ll admit that before taking pictures of my “Workshop in the Woods”, I straightened everything up, put my tools in their proper place, and vacuumed the tools and work surfaces. Truth is I often take a break and clean up in the middle of an operation. I like to keep a clean shop. It drives my son and son-in-law crazy!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-30-2008 06:10 AM

I just don’t take photos in my dirty, dusty shop. I cleaned it up once for the shop photos on my page and I refuse to do it again. It was just too much work and returned no profit at all. Nope, let the dust pile up in the corners and give the mice some place to play.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 04:52 PM

I do my best to keep the shop clean. A clean and orderly shop is a safer shop, I cannot stand it when I look for a tool and it’s right there under my nose beneath all that dust/shavings.
I sweep and clean everytime I work in the shop. My brother ask’s “why clean it”, it’s just going to get dirty again!
And again I just smile….;)

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 12-30-2008 06:41 PM

I’m with you Jim, any other “neat freaks” out there?

A clean and neat shop is safer; and with recent concerns about breathing in toxic dust, I purchased a Fein Turbo II vacuum which can be directly connected to my vac and will “suck up” virtually all the dust from my orbital sander. I also have a DC3300 dust collector to connect to my machines, and a ceiling mounted air filter that my brother made for me.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 01-02-2009 11:35 PM

The sawdust in my shop comes from the router table. For almost everything else my dust generation is negligible. Thanks, Festool!

Now, having said that, my shop isn’t nearly as dust free as some here…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 12:15 AM

You wait for a really windy day. You move all the cars away from your shop. Put on your respirator, open all shop doors and windows and fire up the leaf blower. You’ll be amazed how quickly you accomplish alot!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 01-03-2009 12:50 AM

I like a clean work area. It is safer. I have a cheapo dust collector for the garage, but it only gets the big stuff. I shop vac most of what’s left, then use a leaf blower to get the rest. I have to clean up and put my toys away every time, we keep our vehicles in there,too. My biggest problem problem is keeping sawdust out of the greasy stuff, and grease out of the wood stuff. That’s why I don’t get much done.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#10 posted 01-03-2009 01:46 AM

Miles is onto something, I used to run a warehouse and would clean the floor dust with a leaf blower.

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Dave T

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#11 posted 01-03-2009 07:17 AM

Now there is something I hadn’t thought of…a leaf blower. My dust collector isn’t much more than a chip collector. Delta 1HP. Shop vac does all of the fine stuff. I try to keep a clean and orderly shop, but to no avail most time. I do straighten up when I am done for the day though…usually. Now that the shop is “downstairs” directly attached to the basement I will have to do better about that.

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#12 posted 01-04-2009 08:00 AM

I seem to be the odd man out but i tend to stop when I’m done with a project, let the dust settle overnight and clean up before I get started the next day. I think it is important though to work in a clean shop… and I move everything and shop vac every crack at least every other weekend. I fill 2 five gallon buckets with pure sawdust each week.

-- ManOWoodMan

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 07:56 PM

I try to clean up my work area after each job. I like an area to work in that is clean and clutter free. Just this past week-end I didn’t clean and while staining some pine I backed into a tool sticking off the router table and when i jumped I spilled a half can of stain on the floor. Now do I stain the whole floor or just tell me wife the field mice knocked over the can ?

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#14 posted 01-12-2009 08:33 PM

It’s out back. I have a pile of sawdust about 20’ square and about 5’ deep.

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