New Lathe - Where to Put It?

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Forum topic by WibblyPig posted 03-27-2011 04:13 PM 1114 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2011 04:13 PM

I just jumped down the turning Rabbit Hole and bought a new mini lathe. How much fine dust does turning generate? Or, to be more specific; could I put it it on my basement bench which is mainly used for marquetry work, or should it go out in the garage workshop?

The basement bench is in the same room as the furnace so any dust will be sucked right in…

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 04:28 PM

Congrats on the lathe purchase. It will create lots of chips and shavings, not too much fine dust…until you get to sanding on the lathe. Then you’ll want a DC attachment behind the turning or my temporary DC for my lathe, a box fan with a filter behind the lathe set on High. You’ll be clogging your furnace filter up quickly though if left down there and if thats your only air filtration.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 05:17 PM

Welcome to the Vortex.

I would put it in the garage shop, with the DC port as suggested .

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 05:21 PM

Have fun and enjoy your new lathe. I just did the same thing and I put mine in the one car garage. My house has a one car and a two car garage. Now I think I could use 3 dust collectors stationed at different angles and still don’t think I could catch all the shavings thrown from it. Also get a turners smock. Again enjoy and be safe.

-- DeputyDawg

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 05:40 PM

I would have you put it in MY shop, it’s up to you though!

As others have said, avoid the furnace!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 06:13 PM

The shop it is – don’t have to lug everything down the stairs now!

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 06:28 PM

Steve, I think you got the right spot in mind now. Just wanted to relate that you want to put it in a spot that has good light….and somewhere where you can stand comfortably (I put an anti fatigue mat for me to stand on while I am turning – I also have a rotating stool to sit on while I sand).

As far as dust….you only get the fine dust when you turn dry woods or during sanding…..turning green woods produces mostly shavings. Green wood turning does not work for pens, stoppers, pepper/coffee mills and calls (you can – but it is alot more work then it is worth). Bowls, vessels, boxes, and larger projects can be turned from green woods (easier on your tools and much more pleasant to turn – but you have to season and dry the wood correctly).

Good luck and welcome to the world of turning… is lots of fun….and truly addicting – it is the crack of wood working….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 09:44 PM

You’ll never get a DC to capture all of the chips and shavings but, if properly set up, it can get most of the fine dust.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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