Suck it up!

That’s right, it’s time to talk briefly about dust collection! Wait, you didn’t think…ah nevermind.

So! The business space I lease for GW Pens has a shared HVAC system. And although I like to keep things as dust-free as possible anyway, it’s particularly important that I’m not clogging up the heating and air conditioning. I’ve put quite a bit of time (not to mention a dollar or two) into multiple dust collection systems that run concurrent…but how will I tackle this with the new metal lathe?

I’ve been thinking this through since I bought the lathe. It has a backsplash, which is where I had the dust collector port on my wood lathe. So for this I was going to need something a little different. Maybe a port that hovers ABOVE the lathe! Yes! But…how??

Enter the $20 desk lamp! I’m really not sure many people would still recognize it as that, considering I took it off the base…and took off the light cone…and ripped out all of the electrical components. But nevertheless it at least started as a desk lamp. The first thing I did was install a piece of angle aluminum to the back of my backsplash. It has holes drilled every 6″.

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Next was to take the (now stripped bare) extendable arm and attach a pipe clamp to the bracket that previously held the light cone.

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Finally, I attached some flexi-pipe to the pipe clamp and Voila! Between the reach of the extendable arm and the different positions in the aluminum running the length of the lathe, I can easily vacuum up dust and debris anywhere along the bed of the lathe! And since today was teacher in service day I even had the kids along to help me out (though really they mostly just played games).

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That’s about it for now, thanks for reading another entry from the GW Pens back room 🙂

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