Idea Shop 6, Paycheck 26: Dust Collection and What's Next
The final budgeted purchases for your shop help control dust, keeping your shop cleaner, and reducing the health risks of airborne particles. A 1-hp dust collector hooked to a 4"-diameter hose provides far more airflow than a shop vacuum, and maintains airflow even as the bottom bag fills with chips. To move more air, a dust collector spins an impeller (9" in diameter on this model) with an induction motor. A collector of this size will handle all the dust generated by your tablesaw, jointer, planer, and router table.
An expandable flex hose and a selection of attachments allow you to connect the dust collector to whatever machine you are using. Quick-fit attachments mount to the dust port of the machine, and the handled attachment fits to the hose. A quick push-on connects the hose to the machine. Reducers allow you to connect to tools with smaller ports, such as the router table or thickness planer.
Effective dust collection can be a challenge with some tools, but this collection of tips will help you solve many issues.
Now, keep growing.
As you're certainly aware, plenty more tools could be part of a woodshop. Fortunately, if you maintain the budget-oriented approach that has built Idea Shop 6, you can continue adding new machines and accessories. The type of work you choose to do will help determine which tools to buy, or which tools to upgrade. Consider adding the following items to your shop. Then, enjoy a lifetime of woodworking!
With a narrow blade, a bandsaw cuts curves. Change to a wider, stiffer blade and use it to resaw boards into thinner workpieces. It can rip stock, too. A 14" model provides plenty of capacity for most jobs. Get plenty of tips for tuning and using a bandsaw here.
An air compressor quickly proves its worth around the shop. A blast of air will clear away dust and debris. Add a brad nailer for quick assembly of project parts. Familiarize yourself with how to use an air nailer here.
Use a drill press to drill holes accurately. It can also be outfitted with a drum sander or mortising attachment. A benchtop model like the one shown is less expensive than a floor-standing model.
Once you have a drill press, let Jim Heavey show you how to get the most out of it.
Download a free chart for determining drill press speed for all types of bits.
You'll find a mitersaw especially useful for crosscutting stock to rough length, and for cutting miters and bevels on boards too long to handle on the tablesaw. A 10" model like this will crosscut boards up to 6" wide. These simple upgrades will improve your results with any mitersaw.
A low-angle block plane fine-tunes part dimensions, cuts chamfers quickly, smooths joint lines, and removes tool marks. Whatever model you choose, it will need tuned up and sharpened, even if it's brand new. Learn how to do that in this video. Then find out how this tool simplifies so many tasks.
By now, you know the importance of clamps and that you can never have too many. Add more bar or pipe clamps as needed, and F-clamps in 6", 12", and 18" lengths.
A half-dozen handscrews of differing sizes will come in handy, too.