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Dust Revisitedcomments (7) May 12th, 2014 in blogs
Brazilian Wood Working
When I walk into a spotless wood shop I always think its owner either has no work or he (or she) has plenty of time or help to clean up. Or, they have an amazing dust collection system with discipline to match. My visit to teach a group and private veneering classes in Sao Palo, Brazil reminded me of the latter.
The private shop I worked in was spotless, absolutely free of any dust, and I soon noticed a variety of ingenious homemade dust collecting systems and a method of work that inspired me to revisit how I handle my dust.
Dust is a constant battle with that little annoying pile; I never quite get it all; I have to remember to turn on the dust collector; then open and close blast gates before operating every piece of equipment; or move and connect hoses to specialized tools; drag around my vacuum with one bad wheel and a stubborn hose to suck up the fine film of grey matter. Put on my dust mask. Turn on the air cleaners to capture another toxic cloud...the list is about as endless as the dust.
I sweep, I brush and I sweep more with every size broom known to man. The fact is, I am either lazy or in a hurry when making only one cut, which means the dust quickly adds up, too. It's fine and invasive and seems to be everywhere no matter what I do.
I admit, laziness probably gets the better of me. I find myself not always turning on the dedicated vacuum as two switches are SUCH a hassle.
The fact is, dust control is simply discipline and a method of work.
When I saw this new system in Brazil, I thought I would share some of the gadgets and method of work they used to manage this essential dust issue. I hope it will be helpful for all woodworking shops, big and small alike.
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