Shop improvements #1: Dust and noise

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Blog entry by jshroyer posted 09-02-2014 05:24 PM 1791 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past weekend was labor day in america so i decided to spend a lot of time working in my shop. Just had an idea to help improve the shop some. My shop is in the basement of my apartment/townhouse. I dont have much room down there and i knew there were some issues so i decided to start to fix some of them.

The first was my issue with dust. My apartment’s HVAC is in the basement like most houses. There is an air intake to the whole apartment as well in there. That is an issue for me. Because i didnt have a dust collector and only had a shopvac i noticed that my whole apartment would get very dusty very quickly relative to my girlfriends apartment. Thus i knew i needed to do something about it. I started to research good ways to make a air filtration system. I learned that it would take too much time and money to make it worth my time. I want to make fun things in my shop and a filtration system doesnt sound that fun. I then started to look for new ones. Wow were they more than i wanted to spend. I got luckly and found one on craigslist that was only $50. It was a JDS Model 750. It was just what i wanted. I started with just throwing it on my work bench and turned it on. figured i would wait to mount it. I also started to look for new filters. Turns out the previous owner had the reusable prefilter ($45) on it. i only need to clean that and then also buy a new main filter. I figure i should just buy a new one to be safe and to know where i can start from. after a full 3 days of running it i can tell the difference. I just need a couple friends, a large pizza, pop, and a little time to get it up there because this thing is heavy.

the next issue i have is with noise. Yes i work in an apartment so i do have to think about noise with neighbors. I normally just wait until around 11am or later to run loud power tools. I also have a roommate who likes to sleep in a lot on the weekends. Thus limiting my woodworking time a lot. I can use a lot of hand tools or small power tools in the basement or go outside to run tools a little earlier but i would like to be able to use my brad nail gun. My compressor is very small. I got it at walmart so its not very nice. a while back i made a small workbench for an outfeed table and for finishing work. I decided to put a shelf on the bottom of it. I placed my tool box and air compressor on it. I have started to close out the air compressor with thin plywood and then putting form or carpet on it. I plan on putting a hinged lid on it so i can turn it on/off, change the pressure, and remove it to use to fill up car/bike tires outside.


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