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How to Collect Dust and Ventilate Your Workshop

By: Danny Lipford

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.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Who is John Galt Says:
    May 31st, 2016 at 11:57 am

    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.


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