|Forum topic by 59Mike||posted 06-16-2014 07:19 PM||862 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-16-2014 07:19 PM
I’ve come to realize that my woodworking is probably a DCS designer’s worst nightmare.
I use router duplicators for my custom gunstock business. Just upgraded to a dual duplicator, so I’ve got two, 1-3/4 hp routers spewing pounds of chips and dust in every direction as large hardwood blanks are chewed down to size. The sheer volume produced, as well as the fact that it’s impossible to contain them because they fly in every direction means the word of the day is compromise.
I ended up enclosing this portion of my shop with heavy visqueen to contain the dust within the woodworking area (I also have a metalworking area in the garage).
I have a 1 hp collector with bag, and “gulp” attachments at each end of the table but that does no good when the chips are flying towards me… I could make the bottom of the table into a downdraft table, but again, a lot of work for only a marginal solution. It’s not the big stuff I have a problem with.
So I’ve basically come to the realization that containment is the best I can do- I’ve ordered the 5 micron bag from Rockler to cut down on some of the fine stuff (vs. the 30 micron), and made my own separator using a 20 gal fiber drum.
I’m relying on a 3M respirator (oddly, can only find “cheap” disposable masks for woodworking, so I’m using a respirator rated for vapors…figure if it filters vapors, it’ll catch the finest of sawdust) for my lungs, but can’t figure out what to do about the old eyeballs.
Can’t be good for the eyes to be in a constant environment of fine dust, gotta be like sandpaper over time. I looked at the Trend AirShield, but all seem to say it’s a POS.
So…long and short of it is that I’m looking to keep my eyes in a “filtered air” environment, with something that won’t fog up and has great visibility.