Learn How to Control Dust in Your Workshop and Maintain a Safe Environment For Woodworking

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In other articles, we have talked about some of the dangers that having a buildup of sawdust in the air and in general in the shop can do. It’s important that you keep a good control on it for your physical health, to avoid accidents, to keep your projects dust free and to preserve your tools.
You may take a look around your shop and be thinking this isn’t applicable to me it’s not all that bad. If you want some proof that it is or some assurance that its not then you can conduct a test to determine this.
At the end of your workshop day turn off all the lights then shine a flashlight into the air. Everything that you see there you have been breathing in all day. If this isn’t enough to convince you to wear a respirator then you are risking developing some serious health problems. If the test serves no other purpose it will at least tell, you if the air is clean enough for you to put the finish on your project which of course should be dust free.
As if one type of dust wasn’t enough to deal with there are actually three types that you must contend with. If you plane by hand then you are going to compile shavings. These wouldn’t get into your lungs but they will sure clog up your hoses. The bi products of your routers and shapers for example will be wood chips. Here you will want a shop vac to gather these up.
You must design a dust control regime and it really isn’t difficult. The first and most simple method is ventilation. Just keeping a window or door open helps immensely. It would be even more effective if you blew the dust out by fan.
Another valuable piece of equipment is air cleaners. These automatically filter the air then recycle it. There are very effective for small particles. There is a variety of other equipment on the market to help you keep your shop a safe place to work in. There are shop vacuums designed for heavy-duty removal then various types of dust collectors such as single and duel stage collectors. Then there are separators that will segregate the various sizes of debris. Then if you want to get really elaborate, there are whole shop systems.
The whole point is that you want to use whatever method you can to keep the various types of sawdust under control. Aside from your health and safety, it’s most frustrating when your projects work out great then the finish is full of dust particles.
Ideally the best thing to do is incorporate the simple measures that we have talked about here and if they are not doing a good enough job then research some of the more larger aggressive ways that we have supplied as options to you as well. Where ever you buy your tools and equipment from should have various options for you to consider. They are well worth the time and money to invest in.

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