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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 03-04-2015 01:27 AM 804 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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03-04-2015 01:27 AM

I am planning on only working with hand tools I do have a circular saw that I will probably never use. I do also have an old single speed scroll saw that I will most likely use.

Do you all think I will need an air filter of any sorts besides a decent face mask for when I operate the scroll saw.

Hand tools don’t generate that much dust correct?

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 03:33 AM

When I use wood carving chisels, they make shavings/chunks that won’t get into my breathing apparatus or eyes. I would recommend that you use eye and ear protection as well as breathing protection while using the scroll saw. Better safe than sorry.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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LucasWoods

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 04:13 AM

True I just didn’t know if the guys who stay hand tool dominant have problems with dust

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 12:19 PM

Not generally, the most dangerous dust is the very fine particles, and those generally come from power tools. I’m real big on dust collection and safety, and yet in a hand tool shop I’m not sure I’d worry about it. The air cleaner doesn’t help with health anyway (though it is a good thing to have in general) since by the time it catches the particles, they are already in your lungs. But getting the dust out of the air before finishing is always a good thing.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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LucasWoods

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 02:45 PM

Thank you all for your input and I hope all I will need is the dust mask got my scroll saw. And the other pertinent PE.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#5 posted 03-04-2015 03:18 PM

No, just get a respirator.

Dust is why I’m moving more towards hand tools rather than power tools. Much easier to sweep up shavings than it is to vacuum dust off of every surface exposed.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Mykos

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 03:11 AM

I do work with hand tools only in my living room. Dust collection is a small broom and dustpan.

When I use the table saw or router at the shop at work I wear a respirator.

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handsawgeek

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 10:03 PM

Hi, Lucas,
Having used a scroll saw quite a bit in the past, I have found that it doesn’t kick up enough dust to warrant using dust collection or masks. Since the blade cuts on the down stroke, all of the sawdust generated merely falls to the top of the stand or the floor to be swept up later with a brush and dust pan.
Same thing with hand sawing and other hand tool functions. All the dust and chips made merely fall downward without being suspended in the air like you would get with power tools.
Consequently, the dust collection system in my basement shop consists of a bench brush, an old-school straw broom, dust pan, and a refuse bin. Though every once in a while I’ll fire up a shop vac to to a general thorough shop cleanup.

-- Ed

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 10:55 PM

I don’t do anything special when using the scroll saw either… other than use the shop vac to clean up every now and then :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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