How to Collect Dust and Ventilate Your Workshop

Improving the air quality of your workshop is even more important than in your home, since woodworking and finishing often generate noxious dust and fumes. Here are some tips on how to capture dust from power tools and remove fumes from your workshop:

  • Drill a hole in the back of your workbench to accommodate 1½” diameter flexible plastic tubing.
  • Attach one end of the flexible tubing to a shop vac positioned under the workbench.
  • Run the tubing through the hole in the workbench, and connect it to the dust port on a power tool such as a miter saw.
  • To expel fumes and provide ventilation in your shop when sanding, finishing, or stripping; position a box fan in a window with the air blowing out.
  • To cool you off on a hot day when ventilation isn’t needed, reverse the fan in the window so it blows into the shop.
  • Always wear the appropriate dust mask or respirator when sanding or finishing in your shop.

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  1. Your idea about using that bilge pipe worked horribly. I hooked my shop vac to that tubing and it makes a horrible high-pitched whistle.

  2. At Certain Times Of The Day Like Clockwork The Room Sheds Dust And Stirs UpbA Dust Cloud Which Runs Me Out Of The Room Then There Are A Multitude Of Invisible Like Blots Scrambling Upon The Floor Yet They Appear To Flow Within The Atmosphere And Cling On Clothes Yet You Can Feel Their Claws Through Your Clothes Upon Your Skin!
    How To Rid The Area Of The Room Of This Phenomenon Bearing In Mind They Are Not Dust Mites, Nor Are They Bedbugs!

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