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I have posted before that I want to make some wood signs. What are you guys doing about dust collection? I know some routers have dust collection built in, or maybe a down draft table would be good. I just don't know what I need to do.

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I like both, dust collector adapter for the router and a downdraft table.

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If I had more room in my shop or walls I'd make a DD table for sanding and routing small things. I seem to remember one of the older members having one that had lobed cams on it to hold routed objects?

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I confess that my sign-making dust control consists of vacuuming up the sawdust after I finish. My excuse is that sign making doesn't produce as much sawdust as other routing tasks because you aren't really cutting that much wood. In reality, a vacuum hose connected to the router would make it really awkward for cutting signs and my shop vac doesn't have enough ooomph to draw the dust from a broad area like one of those large dust hoods. A downdraft table might work and I know some other sign carvers are thinking about that idea. I'll be interested in hearing any solutions.
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I carve outside... then clean up with the leaf blower.

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Doug you are a man after my own heart. I prefer to do all my cutting outside. Of course that is very limiting during the winter months.
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I carve outside... then clean up with the leaf blower.
Doug, Bill and I must all work in the same "shop".......

My "dust control" is a dust mask.....the better ones that have the exhalation valves. They cost me abut $5 each at Walmart.

I am an asthmatic and I don't have any breathing issues while wearing this mask.
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Rockler has a great power ventilated dust mask. Amazingly effective. Uses 4aa cells, keep a couple of rechargable sets around, but expect 3-4 hours per set. Very comfortable, and I particularly appreciate it when I'm cleaning out the shop. It vents the filtered air out underneath my glasses, which stops fogging nicely. Get some extra filters, they do clog after awhile...better the filter than your lungs. http://www.rockler.com/power-air-res...ter=respirator

Another item, I know a few woodworkers find a way to suspend their dust collection hose from a spring above their work surface (which could be a downdraft table). Set the spring and hose length so that it is the least annoying and you can have the best of both worlds.

Having survived throat cancer, I am happy you are worried about what is sometimes carcinogenic sawdust, stuff you CANNOT ever get out of your lungs once its in there.
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this is good to know...
thanks Tom...

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this is good to know...
thanks Tom...
You're welcome Stick. Nice to be able to contribute after all I've learned from all of you.
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