Becoming a Master Woodworker #2: Saftey First

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Blog entry by SleepingFox posted 01-09-2019 04:45 PM 591 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Unfortunately I’ve been sick with a pretty bad cough/sore-throat/sinus infection for the past week here. I spent a lot of the time browsing the forums and trying to decide on directions to take my shop and projects. At some point I stumbled upon Bill Pentz’s dust warnings. I was shocked at the potential harm I’ve been doing to my lungs for the past year. While I have been protecting myself a little, using a 3M particle mask while using power tools, it seems this is no where near enough. I cannot afford the expense of proper dust collection so I have ordered myself a new particle mask and will be installing two ventilation fans into my garage soon. I hope this doesn’t make the Canadian winters too unbearable.

One thing that I did get done was my first bow-tie joint. It’s not perfect but I was pretty happy with it considering that it was my first ever. I cut the bow-tie itself out of a scrap piece of cherry and installed it into a piece of walnut that will be the side of a jewelry cabinet for my wife.

This is a short blog post as I haven’t gotten to much done this week. Hopefully next weeks will be a little more interesting.

Here’s the fans I’m installing

And here’s my first bow-tie

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#1 posted 01-10-2019 04:31 AM

Exhaust fans also exhaust heat

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#2 posted 01-10-2019 01:28 PM

Fair use of fan as long as you know that you need a way for fresh air to get in and you understand that the fan may be blowing out your warm/cool/dry/whatever air and replacing it with whatever is outside.

I need to build a dust collection station as it is too cold now to use exhaust here in Virginia.

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#3 posted 01-10-2019 03:04 PM

A ceiling mounted air cleaner may be a better option than exhaust fans for a similar price. Exhaust fans expose your shop to the ambient temperature and humidity.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 09:17 PM

If you are going to write a blog about safety you need to spell it safety.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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