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How to Capture Dust During Sanding

By: Joe Truini

Sanding can create a lot of dust, making a big mess in your home or shop.

To reduce airborne dust when sanding, tape a standard HVAC air filter to the intake side of a portable box fan.

Turn the fan on and position it near where you’re sanding with the filter facing the sander.
The filter will trap much of the sanding dust, making clean up a breeze.

Watch this video to find out more.


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  • Alex Leibowitz Says:
    April 13th, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I do what you said behind my wood lathe. I also have a courser filter in front of the hvac filter to catcher the larger pieces. I would like to get a larger filter but I just do not have the space. My shop is 1/2 of a garage and it is full.

  • Alan Says:
    March 12th, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    after 10 minutes the filter is full, what good is that?????

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How to Capture Dust During Sanding