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Actually used a router for the first time in many years today to trim up the edges of the ply for my router table top (They were a casualty of a cheap jigsaw blade) and I now genuinely consider myself a pro....









...at making really REALLY BIG piles of sawdust

My word I'd forgotten just how much damn mess these things make!!!

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Dust mask, dust extraction, dustpan and brush.The most important items in a woodworking shop
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Dust mask, dust extraction, dustpan and brush.The most important items in a woodworking shop
The shop vac does a pretty good job on DC and general tidying up but I do need to improve my game with regards to a dust mask. Unfortunately I've yet to find a half mask that doesn't either ram my glasses painfully up my face or just fog them straight up and right now, as I've been off work for a while after surgery for cancer, a full face mask is out of the question. Going to give much thought to dust collection on the table though.

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Face masks can be a nuisance, especially under your current circumstances, but wood dust in your lungs can not be cured and you really dont want to suffer from breathing disorders.
I am looking right now at full face powered caps. I really dont want one, as my summer temps are high 30's c. for almost 6 months each year but I also have a medical issue that makes wearing one at the moment very difficult.
I currently use disposable half masks that filter to P3 spec.
If your glasses fog, then your mask isnt fitted properly, if air can get OUT past the filter to your eyes, then dust can get IN the same way.
As a temporary measure, arrange a large fan to blow dust away from you towards a vacuum cleaner intake
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Face masks can be a nuisance, especially under your current circumstances, but wood dust in your lungs can not be cured and you really dont want to suffer from breathing disorders.
I am looking right now at full face powered caps. I really dont want one, as my summer temps are high 30's c. for almost 6 months each year but I also have a medical issue that makes wearing one at the moment very difficult.
I currently use disposable half masks that filter to P3 spec.
If your glasses fog, then your mask isnt fitted properly, if air can get OUT past the filter to your eyes, then dust can get IN the same way.
As a temporary measure, arrange a large fan to blow dust away from you towards a vacuum cleaner intake
**Inserts image of light bulb coming on over head here**

Why is it that the most obvious, simple solutions are completely beyond my grasp until someone points them out!! I've even have a 12" fan that we've had to stop using in the bedroom as it's gotten a bit noisy that I was wondering what to do with!!

I'm looking at the full face powered caps as well and that's the route I intend to go down as soon as funds permit, especially as it means my beard doesn't become an issue. It's not that I'm particularly against shaving my beard off, I'm just too damn lazy to keep it shaved off

**Wanders off wondering how well the fan would work through a frame holding a filter......**
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Annoying when someone else tells you something you should know yourself, isnt it?

There are lots of stand alone air cleaners available to hang on the ceiling and filter all the air of tiny particles. Its part of the solution, but not all of it. This is a cheap one;

https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminste...-filter-106179


I have a friend who turns wood. He has a roof mounted air filter. BUT......
I have watched him at the lathe, with a huge cloud of minute dust particles drifting up past his nose to get to the air filter. DOH!

This last year he has developed chest issues, but will not wear a mask.

Like the old saying goes... You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make it drink.
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