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Hey Guys, Quick question. I have been turning for a little while. I turn in my garage. With winter here its gets really cold in there. I was wondering if I could bring my lathe to the basement? Now the room I would use, my wife uses it for the laundry room. I know I would have big chips around the lathe, but how much small dust would float around in the room. I will be using a vacuum on the ceiling and a vacuum on the floor. Is it worth doing, or you don't suggest it. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance for taking the time to give me your opinion….
 

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I have mine in my basement and I haven't noticed too much dust. But my basement is unfinished as is just a wide open space. I have found that when turning bigger things the chips can really fly. Maybe hang some poly around to stop those chips from getting into the washer.
 

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Not much until you start sanding, then it will be everywhere. I set the end of my DC hose on the saddle inline with where I'm sanding, behind the work. I watch the sanding dust get sucked right in. The same may work with a vacuum hose - depends on the amount of airflow. I agree dropping some plastic sheets would help contain the chips.
 

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What are you turning? My shop is in the basement and before I strung up plastic curtains around my lathe, I found curlies in every corner of my shop and on all the tools after turning bowls. I do as OSU55 does for dust, but some still gets by and into the air. If you can isolate your turning spot from the laundry area, even with just curtains hanging from the ceiling, it would go a long way to keeping the washer and dryer clean. Otherwise, you will be spending as much time cleaning up as you do turning.
 

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Thanks for the help guys, but I think Ill just have to freeze until I put heat in the garage. Your right when sanding the dust will be all over, no matter what. Well thanks again for the help…..Dave
 
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