Episode No. 9 Dust Collection

March 19, 2006

Thanks once again for stopping by Matt’s Basement Workshop. In this episode we talk about dust collection systems. What are the types out there? Which one is right for you? What’s the difference between an air cleaner and a dust collector? A couple of important points to think about if and when you choose a dust collector, the minimum CFM for a single large tool e.g. 12″ planer should be about 500-600CFM. If you plan on having two or more tools the minimum suggested is about 1200-1300CFM. We all have questions and hopefully once again I at least manage to shed a little light on the subject without getting you to confused. For great resources on topics like the one in this episode check out my two favorite woodworking magazines Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking.

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A suggestion sent in by Shaun was that “another way to keep dust down in the shop, specifically super fine particles, is have your shopvac/dust collector outside or at least outside of the shop area….I would put the shop vac outside and just run a long hose to what I was working on…I have the vac exhausted to the outside.” He also mentions a few pros and cons about the set up. Basically that if it doesn’t bother the neighbors and it’s not against code it’s something worth considering. Thanks Shaun for the suggestion. If you have one don’t hesitate to send it.

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