Beat the drum-sander dust blues

WOOD - - SHOP TIPS - —Peter Kasper, Carlisle, Iowa

Like a lot of dust col­lec­tors, mine can’t keep up with the large vol­ume of fine de­bris pro­duced by a drum sander. So boards emerge from the sander cov­ered with dust. To get that dust off, I drilled a se­ries of small holes in a cop­per pipe, con­nected that to my com­pressed air line, and mounted the capped pipe on the out­feed end of the sander. I also use it as a hand­held wand. Now boards come out nice and clean.

One cau­tion: blow­ing dust off the boards puts lots of fine par­tic­u­lates into the air, so wear a res­pi­ra­tor. It also helps to keep a stream of fresh air com­ing into the shop. Run air-fil­tra­tion units if pos­si­ble.

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