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Forum topic by NBeener posted 07-09-2011 08:08 PM 2376 views 0 times favorited 54 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2011 08:08 PM

My shop’s in the basement, but … the more I thought about it … the more I realized … pretty much no matter where your shop is … you CAN’T just come in the house without doing something about the 4% of a tree you’ve still got on your shoes, your clothes, your hair, in your ears, your nose, your navel, etc.

So I began wondering …

How do YOU keep the mess from your shop from becoming the mess in your home … when you come in from the garage, when you come up the stairs, when you come back in from your stand-alone (lucky dawg !) shop, or … when you come home from your shop-place-of-business ??

So far, I’ve taken a very few steps (in addition to decent DC and two shop air-filtration units, AND … generally … cleaning the shop, before I leave), and that’s really NOT quite enough:

1) I use my ShopVac, with the “upholstery brush,” and vacuum ME, as well as I can;

2) I turn the compressor on myself—low PSI—and just blow the dust off—eyes and mouth closed, and never directly at my face or ears;

3) Shop-specific shoes. Change INTO them downstairs, and leave them downstairs, when I’m ready to head back up;

4) No slop sink in THIS shop—planning one for the next shop—but the laundry room is at the top of the stairs, so …. pumice/citrus/GoJo type soap and a scrub brush, for finishing messes. Drop the clothes in the laundry room, if necessary.

It’s good, but it ain’t perfect.

Any other routines … to help keep peace in the home ? ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 08:15 PM

Good topic.

I have a seperate pair of shoes for woodworking that don’t go past the laundry/mud room. I go in there, take off my shoes, and put the other pair on before going in the garage and then when I come back into the house I take them off before entering. I consider this room the equivalent of those middle rooms between normal environments and clean rooms lol. This really helps keep the dust where it should be…in the shop.

For clothing I kind of just shake it off. I also have a full apron Ren made for me that also has a little bit of a collar to protect shavings from hitting my neck or going down my shirt when I’m using the lathe. She used a nice outside liner of nylon that helps brush off shavings very easily.

I notice most of the shavings I bring in are in my hair so I started shaking that out before coming in as well.

Thats about it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 07-09-2011 08:17 PM

Man O Man, you are much better trained then I am Neil.
I do about half of what you do, and suffer a good yelling at occasionally! LOL
Interesting topic.

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#3 posted 07-09-2011 08:26 PM

yea….i just grin n bare it…for the effort it takes to keep the dust in the shop and out the house, I’d rather just get yelled at. lol

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 07-09-2011 08:31 PM

That’s very considerate of you.

What I did was opened my dust collection system and mixed up all the
layers of different colored sawdust contained in the can.
I extracted about 1/2” cup of the sawdust mixture and inserted
it into a ziploc sandwich bag and sealed it up.
I then put the bag in my pocket and proceeded to get in my Jeep
and drive.
After entering the “Carpets of Dalton” store in my hometown,
I promptly asked the salesman to inspect my package of sawdust mix.
After he got a good look, he pointed out a few different brands
of carpeting that where exactly the same color as my sawdust.
After scheduling the new carpet installation, I stopped by
Walmart and purchased a Dyson vacuum cleaner. The problem
has been taken care of.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#5 posted 07-09-2011 08:50 PM

air blower is all i know neil

as you saw
it doesn’t make up for shop cleaning

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-09-2011 08:56 PM

The only thing I would add is rubber gloves. That pretty much negates the need for the scrub brush.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#7 posted 07-09-2011 09:00 PM

you canĀ“t beat the naturelaws Neil …...
nothing can stop the scream from a women who had cleaned the house the same day
she discover how much dust and dirt we bring in the house
and here after you will here about it all the time you make another failiuer just an octave higher
tone than usual and 12 db higher

take care

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#8 posted 07-09-2011 09:46 PM

I don’t collect too much dust on me, I wear rubber gloves for the painting and stuff, and have steadily improving dust collection. I do sweep, nearly every day, sometimes more than one time a day.

No shoes in our house, so I slip into shop shoes when I get there, and out of them before leaving.

My TS is still the biggest issue, but finishing the DC on it is the next project in a row…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 07-09-2011 09:55 PM

My shop is also in the basement.
I always work in bare feet, so that negates the shoe problem.

My DC and shopvacs seem to work quite well, so this is never really a problem.


Edit: I do wear a shop apron. And vinyl gloves when finishing.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 07-09-2011 10:14 PM

man steve, i dont know how in the world you do it in bare feet…you must have a really clean shop to begin with..i wear my shoes that i wear every day everywhere…...i use to wear boots, but there heavy on my weakened legs , from serious back problems…so i do the blowing off , but if you look at my side of the bed…you will see saw dust on the sheet…its just the way it is here…but i do usually shower before i get to involved with getting into the bed…but i do like the dust in a bag and the buying of new carpet that matches…thats great…well neil good luck with your methods of cleanliness…if nothing else here…i might try to blow myself off more consistent…well see… like the guy on charlie brown…there is a cloud of dust around me all the time…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 10:57 PM

I try to vacuum myself off the best I can.

I don’t think blowing the dust off is very healthy, it drives it into your skin,

& the dust goes airborne, it will end up throughout your whole house.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 07-10-2011 12:00 AM

I wear a pair of coveralls in my shop….and an apron when I am turning…...I got into the habit when I did alot of tile and brick work….keeps the clothes free of mortar and grout…..I then carried that on to my shop. I have several pairs…a few for painting and finishing…..a couple for the yard…..ones I wear when just puttering in the shop….etc…etc….you can get them pretty inexpensively from the uniform places or Wallyworld. When done for the day….I blow myself off with the compressed air….strip off the coveralls and wallah….able to go into the house without a fuss.

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

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#13 posted 07-10-2011 02:17 AM

I live alone.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 07-10-2011 02:21 AM

My shop is not attached to house so it dont get much cleaning.

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#15 posted 07-10-2011 02:34 AM

I sometimes make the mistake of wearing crocs in the shop. They’re very comfy, but wood debris seems make its way into the interior of the shoe and clings for dear life to the soles. Of course, tracking the debris into the house is enevitable. I bought a bunch of 2-3” paintbrushes from HF a few months ago. They were ~.50. They’re worthless for paint, but work great for cleaning machines. I probably need to hang one next to the door so I can use it to brush myself/shoes before entering the house.

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