For something that large, you can work in front of a window with a fan
in it. It will help pull the dust away from you to the outside. Or
you can work outside. Okay, maybe not too practical in winter...
I made a downdraft table on wheels that pulls air thru three furnace
filters. I used a furnace squirrel cage 1/4 HP blower, has two
speeds. It will clear the shop of a lot of airborne dust. All
woodworkers know there is no substitute for a good dust mask.
Also, you can use a wide floor sweep attachment to the DC hose. That
would involve moving/re-clamping the floor sweep from time to time.
When I get down to 220 grit I think a fan would just blow those fine
particles all over my basement. I don't have a closed in workshop but just a
portion of my basement dedicated to woodworking just like most people in
this group probably have.
Someone had the idea of taping the hose from my shop vac to my wrist. Sounds
kind of kinky but worth a try I guess. It would be easier to use that a 4"
hose to my dust collector!
Doing this for 30 years I have finally got the solution but you want to hand
sand so you have to settle for second best. I used to use a PC SpeedBloc
finish sander and it would quickly raise a cloud of dust fast. Typically I
would situate myself between a fan and the open garage door. If you are not
immediately containing the dust you are going to get a build up of dust
I'm not quite following your point. The solution after 30 years is a floor
sweep at the end of the bench and a fan blowing towards the floor sweep. Am
I understanding your point? Wouldn't the fan blow the finer dust all over
I tried to post a followup question to your post (above) but I don't see it
so I will try again. Do I understand you correctly that you use a floor
sweep on one end of your workbench and a fan on the other end? Wouldn't the
dust just blow all over the place?
The heavier dust from a scraper doesn't get airborne, and is
way easier to deal with. Only subsequent sanding needed is a
light going over with 320 to remove ridges if the scraper was
nicked. Dipping the paper in naptha makes it cut 10x faster
and last forever.
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