Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

Workshop Dust Collection

Whether you have a commercial woodworking shop or a weekend warrior garage-sized shop,  controlling wood dust in a small shop is an important consideration for your health.

When purchasing a dust collector determine the dust collectors CFM requirement and what you need for your shop. There are so many sites on the Internet to guide you in doing this. The book Wood shop Dust Control, by Sandor Nagyszalanczy is an excellent source.

Small one-person shops don’t need an expensive central system. If you typically work alone in a space less than 600 square feet, then a 1-1/2 or 2 HP Dust Collector is all you need.

The CFM for the entire shop may exceed the capacity for the dust collector. In my case, I used blast gates will allow machines not in use to be isolated from the dust system by closing off those machines.

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