|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 01-27-2015 01:48 PM||740 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-27-2015 01:48 PM
...warning…this got WAY longer than I thought it would.
As a life-long “tinkerer”, I have been on the deep fringe of woodworking for half a century. Only in the past year or so have I made any concerted effort to learn more about it as a world of its own.
Having read tons of forum postings and watched hundreds of videos by now, I think the thing that caught me the most by surprise about this area of endeavor is the huge interest in dust collection. The interest in this area is easily 10 times what I would have guessed.
I guess it must be a big problem for folks. Maybe it is a sort of “bar” for a woodshop. A “coming of age” where-in it ceases to be just a garage full of tools and becomes a WOODSHOP. So far I have used the duffer method of “open up the big garage door when using the router, and go outside and cough every now and then.
Maybe it is time to get “serious” about dust collection.
To that end, I am wondering if (please forgive my newbie hubris here) you guys are all doing it wrong. I see posting here about bigger and grander dust collection “systems”...4 inches (which seems big to me), 6 inches, 8 inches…where does the megapixel war on dust collection end?
My current shop building is a temporary “learning experience”, so I’m not ready to spend scads of money on a big system. My thoughts are that part of the “dust arms race” I see here comes from folks just pulling out a bigger hammer instead of looking at each shop tool as a separate “waste disposal” problem to solve.
When comparing different kinds of tools, it seems to me that the “bigger is always better” idea tends to fall apart. I can see how something that makes mostly “chips” or “shavings” instead of “dust” would benefit from a large diameter hose and a different kind of separator for the “stuff”. A planer or jointer simply does not make “saw dust”. It seems rather pointless to have a 6” (or bigger) hose from such a device snaking around the shop over to a big 1 micron dust filter. Seems like it would be more expedient to have a very short large-diameter hose between this tool and a cyclone or gravity separator, and probably a shop vac sitting right there next to it.
Then something like a router that makes actual “dust”, should work well with a much smaller hose going to a multi-stage separator and eventually to a 1 micron filter. Again, maybe powered by a healthy shop vac located close by.
I guess my point is that I would like for those who have already fought this battle to educate me on why a “large system” approach makes sense over compartmentalizing it into 2 or three much smaller and less expensive “mini-systems” that are each designed to handle a particular type of effluent.
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.