For wood turners only, THIS PROJECT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE, put it on your Christmas bucket list

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-16-2017 02:48 AM 8936 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been said, WOOD DUST CAN KILL YOU,

After my Doctor friend was over to learn to wood turning, I thought, I need to make a more effective way to collect the dust from sanding bowls, so I set about thinking of way that would do the job. Idea’s where rattling around in my head, first some sort of wood box. I just couldn’t get my mind around what to do. then the thought started to emerge. If I had a round shroud of some sort, well buckets are round, right.

The first one I tried was a flower pot, It was just one of the ones that they sell large plants in, short on quality and thickness, I did get it to work, but it was feeble. This morning I looked for a short large bucket with a lid. No such luck, but I did have lots of 5 gallon pails that oil comes in, so why not cut the bottom off and put a plywood bottom in it, after doing this I think this is the best way to go.

This is the basic construction process, the video will explain it better and will show how well it works.

First cut the bottom off leaving about what you think you will need. I used the table saw and it worked quite well,

Using the open ended bucket trace the diameter of piece of plywood that you will need, measure the outside diameter of your chuck and cut lay that out at its center, cut on bandsaw.

Cut a section out of the bucket for a window, cut the section off the base where the window is, assemble the bucket parts with screws.

using a pieceof cardboard make a pattern of the diameter of the inside of the spiral of the dust collector hose, that way the dust collector hose can be secured by screwing it in.

Take the lid and cut a section off where the window is, cut the tabs on the outside mostly off, leaving just short tabs so it can be put on and taken off simply.

Assemble the unit on vertical support the size of your lathe, also with a hole in it the size of the chuck.

Take the end off and install the window to sand the outside of the bowl.

The 11 minute video will fill in the construction gaps and show how well it works. Here is the link for it.

It is important to collect as much dust as possible, even then one needs to wear a dust respirator. I couldn’t smell any dust when the dust collector was on but it is better to be safe than sorry. IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE..

I have an idea in my head to make something that will work for spindles too, nothing like you have ever seen, I think I will haVe to try that too before my head explodes.

Thanks for looking, I hope find this method interesting, it works well, easy and cheap to make. This one will do average size bowls up to 10 inches, can be made bigger or smaller, depending on your needs.

Comments appreciated. MERRY CHRISTMAS

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-16-2017 03:09 AM

Another great idea from the MASTER!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 03:18 AM

Brian, you got my head going. Have two commissions to complete this weekend and then its on to making a dust collector/reducer. Thanks for the inspiration. It’s a Christmas present to myself. Will keep you posted!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 03:24 AM

Great idea

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#4 posted 12-16-2017 04:01 AM

Very interesting, and useful.

But I want to use it on my router. Please!!!

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 04:42 AM

Great Idea & Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 07:35 AM

Sorry Brian I just had to take a peek.

Its a dust collector!

Esso … Hey I remember when they had the advertising “Put a Tiger in your tank” and there was a tie on tigers tail for the filler cap.

I aslo thought Esso was an Australian version of Exxon US and wondered just how you came by the bucket

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 12-16-2017 11:23 AM

Good idea

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 12-16-2017 12:39 PM

Good idea, Brian and a good cheap way to accomplish it!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-16-2017 12:45 PM

Good idea and good video to clearly explain. Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 12-16-2017 01:18 PM

I totaly agree with you – health comes first, very good idea to protect yourself.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-16-2017 02:32 PM

It’s very creative and you did a nice job on it. A dust system on a lathe is a must. Unfortunately what I use on mine is a 4 ” hose positioned by a crude bracket. It works ok but not perfectly as long as the turning is small enough. No matter what I still use a mask.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 12-16-2017 03:03 PM

That was what I had been doing and I thought the doctor would think it funky so I just held the hose, he is coming back next week so I had thought I had better do something sensible. This idea was simple and effective. Wish I had got busy on it years ago.

- helluvawreck

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 12-16-2017 09:11 PM

what a great idea and thanks for sharing this great tip.

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#15 posted 12-17-2017 01:09 AM

Great idea. I’m not so much a turner as someone who turns parts for other projects but I’m making one of these.

On another topic, you don’t see many drum sanders that colour. Canwood? Looks just like mine ….... and except for colour, exactly like a General International. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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