Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

Collecting dust in the air:

It’s super important to install and use an air filter. Dust particles are measured in microns. Dust particles under 10 microns constitute the primary respiratory health risk to woodworkers.

Photo:  Delta  # 50-875 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote

Fine dust particles float through the air in your shop for a surprising length of time and can end up causing mild allergic reactions to severe and chronic respiratory ailments.

I installed my filter near my table saw and sanding area.

Protecting your lungs with a dust mask:

When sanding wood wear a dust mask. I suggest finding a mask that has an inhale valve and a separate exhale valve. These respirator dust masks have several advantages over the single disposable type. First, you’re not breathing in and out of the filter media and the moisture from your breath helps keep your safety glasses from fogging up.

Vacuum with a HEPA filter ~ Sweeping just stirs up the dust:

The last step in dust collection is to vacuum the machines, flat surfaces and floor. Make sure your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter or you will end up spreading more dust through the vacuum’s exhaust port.

One Man’s Workshop dust Collection Solution


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. Invite code: x22r2

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