I am beginning to do some work with a Dremel type tool. Specifically, I am
doing some wood carving on pieces of raw wood, mainly juniper, aspen, and
I saw a man who does this, and is very good at it. He had a square air
conditioner filter set up with a squirrel cage that sucked the flying
sawdust particles towards the filter.
I am concerned with the long term exposure to this dust. Soooo, I am
investigating the proper way to do this so I don't end up with wood lung or
some such thing.
To set up a cubical enclosure with the front panel out, and the suction on
the rear would limit my accessibility to the work piece. Setting up a
filter with a squirrelcage suction is no problem, but I don't think it would
catch all the debris. Putting an additional fan to blow the debris away
from me would mean that I would have a wind blowing on me constantly.
Perhaps a grid with a fan underneath it, and a suction hood over it? Maybe
a suction hose near the cutting bit, and all or some of the above?
Am I overthinking this? Maybe just a good filter to go over my mouth and
nose, but then, those become uncomfortable after a few hours.
Suggestions and experiences appreciated.