Woodworking Essentials: Setting Up Shop – Dust Collection

By Scott Gibson
Pages: 41-48

From the August 2007 issue #163
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It’s tempting to think of sawdust as little more than a nuisance, a housekeeping problem like mud tracked across a clean kitchen floor. Sawdust is more ominous than that. It does seem to get in every nook and cranny in the shop, clogging machines, filling pockets and eventually finding its way into the house. But sawdust poses real health risks to anyone who regularly spends time in a woodshop. Exposure to sawdust can cause a variety of health problems, including dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), respiratory problems and a type of nasal cancer called adenocarcinoma. With that in mind, controlling dust is one of those necessary if unglamorous basics of setting up a shop. It’s better not to ignore it.

From the August 2007 issue #163
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