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I'm interested in how scrollers deal with dust collection. I hate wearing those masks because I always have fog-up issues either with my glasses, safety glasses or both.

I have a small box fan with a furnace filter close by and a hose from my shop dust collector too. But yesterday I spent quite a while over the saw (I'm trying to make a wooden gear clock) and wondered how other deal with the dust.

So if you got some tips, please pass them on.

And one more thing, I always wear safety glasses on the table saw and router but I'm tempted to avoid them at the scroll saw. There's that big magnifier between me and the moving parts. Any thoughts on that?

Thanks.

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It looks like you are doing everything you can. If the dust really bothers you, you might try the 3M masks. I wear glasses and the nose piece on the mask can be closed tight enough to keep the breath from fogging the glasses.
Also, I'd imagine that the magnifier would offer enough protection but slip on protective glasses are cheap enough.
 

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1. I would never recommend not wearing safety glasses. With my vision it's not an option anyway
2. I have the Dust Bee Gone Mask, and while it might not be The best it works well for me, no fogging.
3. Sometimes I use the dust collector or shop vac pulling air through one of those funnel shaped things. Works well though noisy. Sometimes leads to need for hearing protection.
4. There are posts at Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board on the subject. (I am SteveK over there)
 

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I'm interested in how scrollers deal with dust collection. I hate wearing those masks because I always have fog-up issues either with my glasses, safety glasses or both.

I have a small box fan with a furnace filter close by and a hose from my shop dust collector too. But yesterday I spent quite a while over the saw (I'm trying to make a wooden gear clock) and wondered how other deal with the dust.

So if you got some tips, please pass them on.

And one more thing, I always wear safety glasses on the table saw and router but I'm tempted to avoid them at the scroll saw. There's that big magnifier between me and the moving parts. Any thoughts on that?

Thanks.

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Somewhere on-line someone posted on how they made a complete dust collector for a scrollsaw. I may try checking, but would rather you spend your time looking, rather than me - after all you're the one concerned. I do not have dust collection on mine, jsut wear my dust mask, and have a fan blowing thru the shop.

For a dust mask, I now use a Resp-O-Rator, I got it thru Duckworks, http://www.duckworksbbs.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=resp+o+rator&Search.x=15&Search.y=12 I got the Model 100. I have a beard now, and this thing is great. Quick and easy, so I use it evem on very short projects, maybe lasting 30 seconds or so on the router, or saw, when before I'd just skip a dust mask. I am very pleased with it, and am not affiliated with the company, just like their product, a lot.

I don't bother with safety glasses on the scrollsaw, but I do have very good eyeglasses. After all, it's not like you're going to get kickback on a scrollsaw.

OK, I made a quick search, after all this IS Al Gore's international worldwide web, using homemade scrollsaw dust collector as my search phrase, and lo and behold, came up with the one I had been thinking of, almost immediately. The first video is the one I mean, but you may prefer the other one. http://woodgears.ca/reader/walters/dust_extraction.html
 

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I recommend you check out the ventilated, battery powered dust mask at Amazon.com: Power Air Respirator: Home Improvement

I use this mask all the time. it has a small fan that blows filtered air into the mask, and the positive air pressure keeps dust out. It has a battery pack that uses 4 AA cells. I keep a charged set of batteries on hand all the time. The mask fits under my glasses, but that will depend on the frame's fit. The positive pressure blows air out the top, which keeps my prescription glasses from fogging up. I think you might want to buy safety glasses to fit the mask since they are really pretty cheap.

BTW, today all prescription glasses have to pass a shatter test, so they will serve as safety glasses. Just don't clean the inevitable sawdust and debris without washing the lenses off first. If you wipe them with a dry cloth you'll quickly find you've created fine scratches that ruin the lenses pdq.
 

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Steve Good's site also has a few good ideas.

I always liked the look of this one, but haven't built anything like it yet. Sad to say, I use a small fan and blow the dust away from me... the ambient air cleaner does a pretty good job of keeping the air clean, and the vacuum handles what makes the floor.


** note** on Steve's site you have to scroll down about halfway to get to the actual article. Kind of a pain, but he does have to pay the bills!


http://scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/05/tom-noller-diy-scroll-saw-dust-system.html
 

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Steve Good's site also has a few good ideas.

I always liked the look of this one, but haven't built anything like it yet. Sad to say, I use a small fan and blow the dust away from me... the ambient air cleaner does a pretty good job of keeping the air clean, and the vacuum handles what makes the floor.


** note** on Steve's site you have to scroll down about halfway to get to the actual article. Kind of a pain, but he does have to pay the bills!


Scrollsaw Workshop: Tom Noller DIY Scroll Saw Dust System.
Some time ago Steve's shop-vac caught fire because he was using it full time as a dust collector. Or at least that is what he thought was the problem.

If I was using a shop-vac I would make sure I had a super fine filter ahead of the regular filter.



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Crevis tool off vacuum cleaner hooked to shop vac. Simple metal bracket on fixed arm. Sits just to the side of top foot so can be moved up and down. NO DUST escapes the wrath of the shop vac. Makes it so much easier to see the lines.
 

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