Workshop: Dust Control

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Workshop: Dust Control

Postby stephanmoll » Sat May 16, 2015 11:29 pm

On May 16th, 2015 Stephen Criscenzo, WGNC member, offered a workshop-session, entitled “Workshop Dust Control”. Stephen and 7 WGNC members spent 2½ instructive hours together.

First, Stephen highlighted the fact – known to many of us, but frequently ignored by a number of us -, that large amounts of fine dust get created when working with wood, often invisible or only visible after the dust has settled as a fine layer in the workshop. It is these fine particles that, when inhaled, can cause chronic lung disease (COPD, emphysema, asthma), a long-term complication often ignored or underestimated by the hobby woodworker and not taken serious enough.

Stephen convincingly made the point that this issue should be taken very serious. He protects himself by 3 methods applied in parallel: (a) a personal respiratory filter, (b) a workshop air-filtration system, and (c) a workshop dust collecting system. All 3 methods were discussed in detail. He pointed towards a website from Bill Pentz as a very good information resource - http://billpentz.com. He also made the point that wearing a smock and de-dusting when leaving the workshop and entering the living space of one’s house is important, as large amounts of small dust can settle in the clothing.

a) Personal respiratory filter: Stephen uses a 3M Airstream Filter AS400, a costly investment of nearly $ 1000, but one that has clearly paid off. He has had it for 10 years and uses it “religiously” when woodworking. http://bit.ly/1Ho2Oic.
b) Airfiltration system: Ceiling mounted air-filtration system that he runs whenever he is working in the workshop.
c) Dustcollection system: He has installed an Oneida 3 horse power dust collection system (he would prefer it to be a 5 HP one) http://bit.ly/1KWBwx3. and has very nicely, diligently and professionally installed metal ductwork to every large powertool in his shop shop.

I came away from the workshop with four good teaching points:
1) Smock: Buy and wear a smock and diligently clean up clothing when leaving the workshop and entering my house;
2) Dust collection system: Buy and install (or have installed) a good quality dust collection system (Oneida seems very good; the company helps the customer design his/her workshop system/layout: http://bit.ly/1IJ0rp3.
3) Personal respirator: Buy and wear a good quality personal respirator. I am still trying to get over the shock of the $ 1000 price tag for the 3M Airstream Filter AS400.
4) Air filtration system: Use the Jet ceiling-mounted air filtration system that I already have in my workshop whenever I am working in the shop and be more diligent about filter cleaning/replacement.

Overall, a very helpful workshop. Thank you very much, Stephen, for taking the time and hosting this workshop!
Workshop: Dust Control
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Re: Workshop: Dust Control

Postby stephanmoll » Sun May 17, 2015 8:18 am

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Stephen Criscenzo, the workshop host
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... and his well organized dust collection system


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Re: Workshop: Dust Control

Postby pmcqueen » Tue May 19, 2015 5:58 pm

I"ll agree - excellent info presented - Thanks!
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