Hylophobia is the fear of trees, wood, and wooden objects.
So I’ve spent the last while researching dust collection for my workshop, mostly because I don’t want to have to sweep every few minutes. Man, did I open a can of worms!!!
I started looking at the dust deputy, but was concerned that it wouldn’t power a stationary system like I want to install. The big Jet or Delta blowers and bags are expensive and take up too much room. Because I’m an engineer, I like to design my own equipment, so I started looking for plans or guidelines on making my own cyclone separator. I stumbled across Bill Pentz’s website and had to take a step back.
When you start reading all of the horror stories of saw dust, it’s way too easy to develop a mean case of hylophobia! I agree with everything that Bill Pentz says about the dangers of saw dust. But I can’t afford 220V service, $2000, or that much floor space on one of his designs. So should I not attempt to do any woodworking at all???
The answer is ‘no’. There comes a point of diminishing returns, and I think that dust collection straddles that line. If you make dust all day every day in an enclosed space, then you’d be wise to invest in a dust collection system. But if you’re a weekend woodworker like me, working in his garage, you need proper perspective. A $40 dust deputy on a shop vac is probably the right tool for you.
For me, I’m still going to design my own system. I’m going to scale down Bill Pentz’s design for a 4” line, hook it up to a squirrel cage fan, and blow the exhaust outside. I’ve already got a quick-release mechanism designed for my chip collection bucket.
-- ~ Dan, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/torahanjyuu/