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Old 21st March 2007, 10:11 AM   #1
sploo is offline sploo  United Kingdom
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I'm relatively new to this forum, so I thought I'd make a positive contribution, before I start asking loads of questions!

I've been making wood dust for years, and started to realise it probably wasn't the best thing for my lungs. A bit of research confirmed the obvious, and gave me the kick I needed to sort it out.

I've just finished creating a dust extraction system for my workshop, and detailed it here: http://spikyfish.com/DustExtraction/

I hope it's of use to all those hacking MDF...
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Old 21st March 2007, 10:28 AM   #2
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Excellent !!!!

I wish my workshop was as clean and tidy !!

If it ain't broke, break it !! Then fix it again. It's called DIY !
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Old 21st March 2007, 11:29 AM   #3
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Very neat. I imagine the CNC was invaluable for making up all those sections of ducting. However it only serves to remind me how much I need to do to get my workshop in order...
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Old 21st March 2007, 11:37 AM   #4
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Splendid work. I suspect my neighbour would like me to do something similar after I lightly dusted her car with MDF after doing some routing on my drive...
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Old 21st March 2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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Very very nice.
Being a woodworker myself by education, I can only confirm the importance of a decent dust extraction system.
You'd be a perfect horn builder as well.

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Old 21st March 2007, 12:50 PM   #6
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As my old ships Captain would say "Outstanding"!!

Seeing as how I'm just getting started you have inspired me to get things right from the beginning and get busy designing a "starter" system that can be expanded on in the future. For now I'm stuck outside on the patio with a dust jumper, good mask, and a shop vac for the sawdust.

Great design that shows a great deal of thought - thanks for sharing!
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Old 21st March 2007, 04:14 PM   #7
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Boy, you weren't kidding when you said you had a dust extraction system!

A1 indeed.
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Old 21st March 2007, 05:08 PM   #8
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Many thanks for all the positive feedback. To be honest, I'm very pleased with it, but more for the fact it's a workable solution in a small space. I've seen so many 'proper' system in big workshops (lots of people with old barns and farm buildings in this area) that I wasn't thinking of it as 'big' or 'impressive'!

The CNC machine was useful to cut out the flat parts, and getting accurate holes in the blast gates. However, with a decent circle cutting jig + router and holesaws, all of what I made could be done by hand.

As for horns, planet10 has mentioned frugel-horn cutting to me. It's certainly something I'll look at, though things are a bit busy atm. If anyone had done some 2D DXF files of the sides then that would speed things up somewhat.
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