Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

There are several things to consider when thinking about dust collection:

1. Collecting large dust at the source
2. Collecting small dust in the air.
3. Protecting your lungs with a dust mask.

Collecting large dust at the source

Controlling wood dust in a small shop usually means installing adust collector.   Try to place it in an out of the way spot, unused corner of the shop.

I wired the control switch close to my most used and biggest dust making tools. In my case, my table saw, router and shaper. Above that switch is a remote control for an air filter, discussed later.

Once I located where to put my dust collector I then attached it to a pre– separator cyclone attachment. The cyclone attachment can be bought at wood working supply sites and is basically a chip separator.

It saves from emptying the collector bag by separating and collecting the heavier wood chips and letting the finer dust go into the dust collectors bag.

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