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Blog entry by longgone posted 07-18-2011 09:53 PM 4645 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You never really notice how much dust is in the air until you sand a wood with alot of strong color such as padauk. I have 3 separate air cleaners… a Jet system and 2 air cleaners made from squirrel cage motors plus a separate dowwndraft table connected to my 3 hp dust collector.

One of these filters was replaced after about 30 minutes of use. Any guesses which one was replaced?
I used 12 filters in the process of sculpting this Jewelry Box.
I just ordered 2 permanent and washable electrostatic aid filters to determine how they well they will do the job.
1 permanent filter is $50
12 disposable cheapo filters are $35

I still need to make the 3 removable trays & their dividers and line their bottoms and the drawer bottom with velvet…but the messy part is done

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 09:58 PM


Asked you about that awhile ago. Hope you have a respirator. And no wood allerigies? That said woodcraft had a grinder they do not carry now. I googled and found a company that is providing the more aggressive grinders, can’t remember the name off hand. Would seem prudent to be chipping vs creating a lot of unhealthy dust?


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 10:00 PM

That’s interesting looking padauk, Greg the grains on yours stands out a lot. I work with a lot of that reddish wood, which by the way, if you hose the saw dust off, the water turns red! What is the little handle at center bottom?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 10:02 PM

WOW! That’s a lot of dust.
That’s a beautiful box, BTW.
Been thinking of trying one, I can see I’ll need to reconfigure some of my collection hoses.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 10:12 PM

I also use a Trend Airshield Pro. Worth every penny.
I have tried a wheel on my grinder that is very aggressive and looks like chainsaw teeth on it. It was hard to control and cannot do very accurate sculpting that I want. Scares the hell out of me and I threw it away.
My 4” festool sander has been my favorite and even though it has fairly adequate dust collection, it is not enough. There is no easy solution..I just have to use multiple resources.

The little handle at the bottom is for opening the drawer that you see in the 2nd photo.
When I get my washable filters they will surely turn the ground orange. I took one of my disposable filters and hosed it down before throwing it in the trash to get an idea. Looked like rivers of orange juice.

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 12:45 AM

It’s a beautiful box, but that red dust scares me.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 01:13 AM



Might be what you need?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 01:47 AM

found this page. shaping wheel#ddkey=780311625830640&gridwidth=9&gridheight=5

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-19-2011 04:06 AM

This is what I use for power carving with my grinder. Kind of pricey but oh does it cut and easy to control once you get the hang of it. The advantage to this is that the blades are replaceable and I have yet to replace mine and I have had this for a number of years. Worth every penny I paid for it.

From woodcraft
Arbortech Industrial Pro Kit
Item #128258

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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