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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Just started getting into sign carving and did a couple of test piece this past week. One thing I see I am wanting to figure out is what it the best solution for Dust Control.

1. Downdraft Table - I could use it for both carving and sanding. Options: Do I use peg board or custom make the holes to work better. Also would a Shop Vac work for this option. I do not have a shop vac at this time so I can buy what is suggested will work.

2. Box fan - Basically just set a box fan in front of me and have it blow out the garage door. During the winter I can add a filter to the fan and catch dust in the filter.

3. Suggestions from the pros?

I have attached a picture of what I have done so far and seems to be going pretty good on the shapes but lettering is still needing some work. Using Davesigns suggest of using the cedar fence from Home Depot which looks pretty good. Also the Mate is going to be in one of the first signs I am making and the heart and butterfly is for a sign for my daughter.. I feel like I need to carve a Beer next to get my manhood back.

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Hey, Scott.
You might want to consider sawdust/chips as a separate issue from dust.
The fan idea is really popular with the tile and masonry guys, when they're mixing thinset and/or grout in a pail. The message finally got through that Portland cement dust is carcinogenic. They just do exactly as you're suggesting and blow the dust away from the mixing area (outdoors, obviously).
The ShopVac or other suction source is better all round for getting the sawdust and chips, as well as the fine stuff.
PR012 Dust Extraction Hood Kit | Bosch
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Lots more options for Bosch...
RA1177AT Dust Extraction Hood Kit | Bosch

I assume the other brands also have accessory options?
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There is a box fan/filter sitting on the end of my table saw right now. A dust collector sits in the corner sucking from the port on the table saw. A Grizzly air cleaner hangs from the ceiling.

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I have two box fans with filters and a third fan that blows towards the two fans with filters. It definitely works. Those filters fill up pretty quick.
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