we have all had the ocasional “sparks ” ,
last night i was using my new spline jig for box corners ,
with a stacked dado setup ,
and got some sparks where i cut through some light gauge pinner brads .
( they were in the jig itself ) , it’s happened at times in the past ,
and as they are soft and the tools can handle it ,
i didn’t think much of it , and procceded working .
the little smoke , was like the usual dull or hard wood type ,
not to be concerned with to much , just slow down .
and as i was end plowing , i was concerned about tearout .
and more concerned about the safety of this new operation,
i proceded cautiosly along .
but i started thinking the lingering smoke wasn’t thining out as it usualy does ,
and then out of the corner of my eye , i started seeing dancing lite down at the base of the saw .
finish cut and check it out .
as i don’t have a vacumn set up yet , the sawdust piles up at the base of the chute .
wow ! FLAMES ! , inside the saw ! fanned by the wind from the dado blades !
go get the extinguisher , ( i can’t find anything in my shop , but i always know where the extinguisher is )
pull the pin , and to the rescue !
only the extiguisher is dead ! nada !
it’s the stringy saw dust from rip dadoes .
get a stick , and clean it out of the saw .
mound of regular sawdust with flames abounding !
there goes 10 years of building my house and shop !
and i’ll never finish this box !
get some water , and pour it on the flames , 3 trips to the kitchen .
bring one extra , just in case .
back to work, thanks God !
merrily muddleing along , then more smoke ?
now the regular sawdust is like a coal fire , just slowly spreading
inside off the pile , no flames !
o.k. , more water , hand over sawdust , checking , more water .
well , i got it out , and finished the box !
but stayed up 2 hours just to be sure .
now it’s off to the store for more extinguishers .
i am glad i didn’t have a vacumn set up yet , as this would have happened
downstairs out of sight !
is there a spark arrestor for the vacumn line before the collector ?
how does it work ?
where do i find one ?
please work safe , and keep your eyes and nose peeled !
-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle