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  • First post, hello. Questions on tools and dust collection

    Hey peeps.

    Want to verify that "powercarving" means using a Dremel or similar. And not something like a 150hp chainsaw.

    Second, I am carving wood, but also resin objects. resin dust is more like powder and reputed to be unhealthy. What are your suggestions on small and quiet dust collection systems?

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    I use a furnace squirrel cage inside a homemade box utilizing ultra fine filters in front of the cage. This set-up does very well in capturing fine dust. This set-up is far from quiet. I would be interested in a "quiet" set-up that is effective in quality dust control.
    Last edited by Claude; 03-26-2021, 11:03 AM. Reason: typo

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    • #3
      Yes, powercarving is generally understood to be done with something like a Dremel or similar type of tool. There actually is a separate sub-forum for the chainsaw massacre-ers.

      Don't know about dust collection so I'll let others handle that one.

      Welcome to the forum!
      HonketyHank toot toot

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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum.

        I know nothing about the concerns you may face working with resin dust. But can share what I do when sanding wood. First even when hand sanding I wear a disposable or half face particulate mask. If you don’t already have these I don’t think you be able to acquire them anytime soon due to the corona virus. When using power I also use a WEN filtration device that includes HEPA filtration. I believe the HEPA filtration is important as my reading indicated the finer particles are the ones that do the most damage.

        Just MHO.
        Ed
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        • #5
          I have been using a very good face mask that has a filter on both side. An Elipse P100 for a couple years now. The dual filters are good for me as I can remove them and I use my air compressor to blow them clean when needs be. BUT I blow them into a vacuum intake. The filters are replaceable and you can get higher filtration if needed, I also have an over head Wen air cleaner that works well. Also have an dual air exhaust fan that sits in a window.
          I work with both woods of all kinds and stone. so it does help to have ALL the protection you can. And resins are not the best to be working with.
          Good luck and stay safe.
          Chuck In Oregon
          Chuck
          Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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          • #6
            foamer01
            I have a window dual fan that I started out with and used a standard air filter with it. Just a simple fan and it was real quiet, inexpensive and the filters you can get in different sizes too. I used that before I started working with stone. That really changed my mind for filters. Oh and I just used a heavy tape to hold it together.
            Take care and be safe.
            Chuck
            Last edited by NoDNA; 03-15-2020, 08:57 AM. Reason: Tape.
            Chuck
            Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

            https://woodensmallthings.blogspot.com/2021/01/

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            • #7
              There are a variety of power carving tools, even some larger ones that are used by chain saw carvers! Dremel and some others have motors in the hand piece itself. Then there are flexible shaft tools like Foredom that have a lot of power and can be controlled by foot pedal or a dial. There are high speed tools like dental instruments that can be either electric or air driven. Some larger bits can be used in hand held die grinders and there are a variety of wheels and sanding things that are used with angle grinders. But no matter what size tool or carving you do, it always produces a large amount of dust and debris! Protection is very important.
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              • #8
                What little power carving I have done has been accomplished with a Dremel 395. I upgraded to a Foredom 1/6th HP power carving kit for Christmas a couple of years ago.

                I am setting myself up to get all of these things before I retire. My father in law contracted COPD from years of not having a dust collector in his wood shop, so I am really sensitive to that issue.

                I am going to purchase the Grizzly desk top dust collector in the near future to complement my power carver. I think even when I have that unit, I will still continue to wear my 3M dust mask in addition to the dust collector.

                I don't know about the resin, but like others have said, it can't be good for you. I am going to experiment with moose, elk and deer antler, and simply need the dust collector and mask for that medium.

                Welcome to the forum!
                Last edited by tbox61; 03-18-2020, 03:14 PM.

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                • #9
                  Here's a photo of me working on a carving with my Dremel. Safety goggles over regular glasses, ear protection for shop vac noise, 3M dust mask, leather apron, and the shop vac hose is clamped in a jig so it can be within 2-3 inches of the rotating burr. It catches maybe 3/4 of the bigger dust, but more of the really fine stuff. The mask protects me from what the shop vac doesn't get.
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                  • #10
                    I have tried all of things over the years. Used a shop vac, but the noise is too much. I had some success with my homemade collector, it didn't quite cut it. Recently I gave myself a birthday gift of a new carving dust collector. It was a cheap one, but it works like a champ. It's the Tornado 1000 I bought from Greg Dorrance. It has a variable speed fan and I can sit in front of it and on high it will pull the dust into the filter. I always had a loot of extra fine dust in the air, but not now.
                    Highly recommend.

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                    • #11
                      For a dust collector I bought one of these duct booster fans. https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...RoC_yMQAvD_BwE
                      I found 12"x12" micron filters on Amazon and used one on the exhaust end and a regular furnace filter on the intake end.

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                      • #12
                        Tony welcome to the site, yes definitely use a dust collection system for resin carving, and a dust mask, and would recommend it as well as wood.
                        Mark N. Akers
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                        • #13
                          I wear a mask, safety goggles, and have a giant industrial fan to blow it out of the shop plus a shop vac....when the pandemic came I had it all already. You need the white N95s....for dust. Mask work if you use them. Most people have a dust system but my shop is open to the elements...best I can do is fans to shove it out. Too many people I know die from lung issues... from not using them....after a time in the shop. In fact, one of my students got deathly sick from refusing to wear one [which I call the denial factor]....which we can major see today's world. Molds and dust and some woods are poisonous to the lungs...know your woods for the level of protection. Shows in-depth what person protection equipment is all about. That is protecting you guts.....from harm.

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                          • #14
                            I work in a 12'x16' shop. I have a delta hanging dust collector and a table top razaire dust collector and I use a n95 mask or my dual filter respirator. The whole group was cheaper than the two weeks I spent in the hospital after carving some found wood. Damage to the lungs may not show up for a long time in many cases. Even just wearing a good mask and box filter can eliminate most of the threat.
                            Last edited by Claude; 06-13-2020, 01:08 PM. Reason: typo
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                            • #15
                              I Made a simpel smalldustcollector and used a YouTube video as reference. Mien does not look that good like in the video but it does the job.
                              maybe it Will help.
                              https://youtu.be/fPwX_vMyhmU

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